Dream French properties: October
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Find your ideal French property for sale! From pretty stone cottages to B&B businesses to holiday homes for less than €100,000, one of these properties is sure to tempt you...
This beautifully presented stone cottage is 30 minutes from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Albi, with superb views across the valley. It has three bedrooms, all with their own bathrooms, and a large shady terrace overlooking the swimming pool and those wonderful views. A property that is well equipped to live in all year round.
Near Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Owning a home with gîtes in the grounds is an ever-popular combination for those wanting to settle in France and bring in an income. As France has recently been named the world’s favourite tourism destination by the UN’s World Tourism Organisation, it seems that having holiday accommodation on your property remains a sound option. This small estate includes a beautiful stone-built château and three separate houses currently let out as holiday gîtes. The main house has four bedrooms and three bathrooms and boasts period features throughout, including some pretty stained glass windows and stone walls. The estate comprises some 2.3 hectares of land where you will find an impressive detached pigeonnier, two swimming pools and a stone barn. It is set in wonderful countryside yet is close to Villeneuve-sur-Lot, a charming bastide town with all amenities. Your guests can visit the nearby popular towns of Bergerac, Sarlat-la-Canéda and Eymet.
This three-bedroom home in Brittany is ideal for those who are looking for a manageable garden. With well-kept lawns and pretty flowers, the garden also has a good-sized potager – perfect for those who want to become a bit more self-sufficient. On the ground floor is the main living/dining room with kitchen, as well as a laundry room and bathroom. On the first floor are two bedrooms, a study and WC, and on the second floor is a large living space which could be used as a bedroom. The property is located in the rural heartland of Morbihan, with beaches approximately one hour away.
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This 16th-century restored farmhouse with two gîtes and a swimming pool sits in 5.6 hectares of grounds, and is the perfect choice for a keen gardener – the beautiful mature landscaped gardens even include a miniature Dordogne valley. There’s plenty of living space inside the house too, with a total of nine bedrooms and four bathrooms, while the exposed stone walls and wooden beams create a cosy cottage feel.
Caylus, Tarn-et-Garonne, Occitanie
With parts dating back to the 12th century, this pretty property comprises three former houses all now joined to make one spacious home. The property is currently being run as a chambres d’hôtes – each of the four bedrooms has its own shower room or bathroom – but it would make an equally fine family home. Full of character, with exposed beams, stone walls and fireplaces, it has been beautifully updated and decorated. There’s also a lovely terrace with BBQ plus plenty of workshop and storage space.
La Roche-l’Abeille, Haute-Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
If you’re looking for a project that offers the opportunity to create your dream home in France, this charming cottage certainly has plenty of potential. Situated along a small lane on the edge of a village, it dates back to around 1850 and comprises a house with two main rooms and an attic, and an adjoining barn that could be converted into a three-storey home. Pretty gardens surround the house on two sides, and while there’s plenty of open countryside on the doorstep, you’re still only a stone’s throw from the local bar and restaurant. This really is a blank canvas for someone to put their own stamp on.
Straight out of a romantic novel, this elegant maison de maître is crying out to be a B&B. Just 35 minutes from the Mediterranean beaches, it’s near Béziers in the heart of a village with bar-tabac, restaurants, supermarket and river swimming. Entirely renovated, the house has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, an independent apartment, barn, patio and garden with room for a pool. It has central heating and mains drainage, and high-speed internet is also available.
Near Arronnes, Allier, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
This two-bed property is in good condition with double glazing and good insulation, and is heated by a wood stove. The enclosed garden with its wooden terrace is perfect for soaking up the sun and 4km away is the commune of Arronnes with a grocery shop, bakery and primary school.
Near Anglars-Saint-Félix, Aveyron, Occitanie
Recently restored, this one-bedroom cottage is the perfect countryside bolt-hole. Located in a quiet rural hamlet, the house has been tastefully restored and has a living room, kitchen, bathroom, one bedroom, attic and cave. There is an easily managed garden with terrace, trees and shrubs.
This elegant longère, with mature landscaped gardens, is situated in a quiet setting in the beautiful Breton countryside. Inside, this cosy home exudes authentic charm with a large stone fireplace in the living room, beams and exposed stone walls. The previous owners decided to have one very large master bedroom, but there is plenty of space to create more bedrooms if required. Outside, there are immaculate lawns, pretty flower beds and there are even a couple of palm trees. The property is 10km from the beautiful beach of St-Cast and less than 25 minutes from Lamballe with its TGV station.
St-Laurent-de-Cerdans, Pyrénées-Orientales, Occitanie
These two tastefully restored village houses are situated on the edge of the picturesque village of St-Laurent-de-Cerdans. They could be used as one large family home, or alternatively there is the option to offer holiday rental accommodation. There are delightful mature gardens with a natural spring, as well as a heated pool. The properties offer a combined living space of 140m² with a total of five bedrooms and two bathrooms. Tastefully decorated to a high standard, this home also retains a number of original features. The Mediterranean coastline and Perpignan are both approximately one hour away.
Near Mortagne-au-Perche, Orne, Normandy
Finding a large house with good B&B potential when you’re on a limited budget can be tricky but this lovely six-bedroom house in the Orne countryside is on the market for €199,500! The house has heaps of character and comes with over half an acre of land plus a barn. It’s in good condition but could potentially benefit from being redecorated a little. It’s 10 minutes from the market town of Mortagne-au-Perche