Six self-sufficient French homes with woodland

This charming abode comes with a gite, woodland, swimming pool, stables and petanque court

This charming abode comes with a gite, woodland, swimming pool, stables and petanque court - Credit: Archant

Live the rural French dream and keep your woodburner stocked year-round with these beautiful properties that come with woodland

Stone house in Haute-Vienne on the market with Beaux Villages

Stone house in Haute-Vienne on the market with Beaux Villages - Credit: Archant

1. €149,950, Haute-Vienne

This is a fantastic property for anyone looking to jump straight into a life in rural France or wanting to own a manageable holiday home. Set in the commune of St-Mathieu, which offers daily amenities such as a bank, pharmacy and supermarket, this stone house has been beautifully renovated to make the most of its character. From the exposed beams to the exposed stonework the charm of the house shines through, and you wouldn’t need to lift a finger. Except, that is, to stock the impressive fireplace with wood from your nearby parcel of woodland. The property contains four good-sized bedrooms, elegant bathrooms, a swoon-worthy kitchen diner, and a manageable garden. The complete package!

On the market with Beaux Villages

Ecological cabin in Charente on the market with Leggett

Ecological cabin in Charente on the market with Leggett - Credit: Archant

2. €162,000, Charente

If you dream of escaping the rat race and living an eco-conscious lifestyle in acres of land, look no further. This magical cabin is tucked away down a forest track in rural Charente, though small town amenities are a short drive away and the larger centre of Angoulême can be reached in approximately half an hour. Stylish and minimal, the cabin is a haven for you enjoy the peaceful surroundings and would also be a great holiday let for anyone else wanting to do so. Best of all, the whopping four hectares of pasture and woodland, including a natural waterfall, plus solar panels on the cabin, you’d be totally self-sufficient.

On the market with Leggett

Former mill in Vienne on the market with Actous

Former mill in Vienne on the market with Actous - Credit: Archant

3. €158,360, Vienne

There is such a sense of serenity surrounding this three-bedroom former mill in Vienne. Situated down a quiet road just outside the village of St-Macoux, the property sits on the banks of the river Charente, with the weir on one side and fields on the other. The surrounding 3.8 acres of land come with the house and include gardens, a field, outbuildings and several parcels of woodland for fueling the large log burner in the kitchen. The house does need some redecorating, but that would make a fun summer project to take on in between breaks sitting outside and enjoying the surroundings. St-Macoux has a popular leisure lake, and there are plenty of pleasant market towns in the vicinity.

On the market with Actous Immobilier

Ensemble of two houses in Lot on the market with Leggett

Ensemble of two houses in Lot on the market with Leggett - Credit: Archant

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4. €298,000, Lot

We envy the person who will be lucky enough to purchase this gorgeous listing in sunny Lot. At the end of a country lane, close to delightful towns such as Montcuq and Cahors, is this paradise consisting of a two-bedroom main house, two-bedroom gîte, handy outbuildings including a bread oven, dreamy plunge pool, stables, petanque court, landscaped gardens, fields and woodland. Inside, the two houses are just as you’d imagine – charming, characterful, and with lovely views out to the leafy surroundings. Between sunbathing by the pool, tending to the horses, enjoying a game of petanque and gathering your firewood, we can’t imagine why you’d ever want to leave.

On the market with Leggett

Fermette in Haute-Vienne on the market with Agence Newton

Fermette in Haute-Vienne on the market with Agence Newton - Credit: HE

5. €125,000, Haute-Vienne

Here’s a charming rural retreat for lovers of the great outdoors. This one-bedroom fermette in the Limousin countryside has plenty to keep you occupied, from adding the finishing touches to the rustic, partly-renovated interior, to maintaining the spacious grounds of almost four acres. If you like fishing you’re in luck – the property comes with two private lakes, one of which is well-stocked with fish. The other is spring fed so would be nice for taking a dip in the summer months. In addition to catching your own fish you can keep your fires lit thanks to the woodland that comes with the property and put fresh homegrown produce on the table by installing a vegetable garden. The nearby Périgord-Limousin and Millevaches regional parks are ideal for enjoying outdoor pursuits, and it’s just a seven minute drive to a town with daily amenities and a train station.

On the market with Agence Newton

Country house in Dordogne on the market with Leggett

Country house in Dordogne on the market with Leggett - Credit: Archant

6. €248,000, Dordogne

Last but certainly not least is this wonderful four-bedroom country house which will make a very happy home indeed. Again, self-sufficiency is the nameo the game, thanks to an impressive four hectares of woodland (filled with delicious cèpe mushrooms), a vegetable garden and an orchard full of fruit trees providing peaches, walnuts, cherries, plums, pears and apples. If that’s not enough there are also solar panels on the roof, a large subterranean cistern with an outlet outside the house, and outbuildings including a workshop, garage and wood shed. And then there’s the house! Designed in the late 20th-century, it benefits from enormous bright rooms including a spectacular living room/diner with French windows leading out onto the covered terrace.

On the market with Leggett

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