Dream French properties: April
PUBLISHED: 13:19 30 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:14 11 April 2017
Find your dream French property with our selection this month! From a stunning barn conversion in Dordogne to a rural retreat in Normandy, we've got 10 beautiful properties to tempt you…
This barn was built in the 18th century and the architect-designed conversion was completed around nine years ago and includes some striking features like the stunning vaulted ceiling in the living room and bespoke staircase. The kitchen mixes modern appliances, including a delightful range cooker, with oak beams and an unusual dividing wall separating it from the living room. On the first floor there are three bedrooms, an office and a stylish bathroom. This property also offers income opportunities, with a three-bedroom gîte to rent out to holidaymakers and another barn that could either be converted into further accommodation or, as it already has a stable block, used to stable horses. And with solar panels, fruit trees and a vegetable patch I could almost be self-sufficient. The property also includes an above-ground swimming pool, solar panels, fruit trees and a vegetable patch and only a short drive from the shops and just 30 minutes from Bergerac airport.
With its landscape of terraced olive groves, cypress trees, vineyards and lavender fields, Provence offers a visual and fragrant feast for the soul. There is little better to do than sipping rosé under a pergola of wisteria, or wandering idly through an orchard of fig and apple trees. And the gardens in this bastide near the village of Cogolin in Var will not disappoint – they even feature their very own pagoda strewn with the most magnificent purple wisteria. The soft pinks of cherry trees and dramatic Italian cypresses give character to the lawn borders, while well-maintained mature trees surround the entire site, giving a great sense of privacy. The sparkling pool just gives you another reason to linger a while in this gorgeous setting. Beyond the soft green shutters of the villa are three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a dining room and salon (both with fireplaces), and a kitchen.
Blaye, Gironde, Nouvelle Aquitaine
On the edge of a nature reserve just minutes from the Gironde estuary is this five-bedroom Girondine house that has be stunningly renovated. Almost every room is dual aspect making the house light and spacious and there is underfloor central heating for the winter months. There is one bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor, two en-suite bedrooms in one wing and two other bedrooms with a small kitchenette, bathroom and private access, making this property ideal for a B&B. The gardens are six acres and include a heated pool, summer kitchen and barn. There are no near neighbours yet the nearest village is just two kilometres away and Bordeaux is only 45 minutes.
Located on the edge of Langourla, a really popular village with good local amenities, the cottage is rural without being remote. This picture-perfect cottage is full of charm and character with three double bedrooms, a spacious living room and charming kitchen with range cooker. The property includes just over 1.7 hectares of land but most of that is looked after by a friendly local farmer so you can enjoy it without having to do any of the work yourself. It is located 40 minutes from the nearest beach and just over an hour from the ferry port of St Malo.
This detached south-facing stone and slate property is situated in a peaceful hamlet and boasts some 1.4 acres of land. The property is ready to move into but some rooms need decorating. On the ground floor is a tiled kitchen/diner area with exposed beams, a tiled living room with a fireplace and woodburner, and a toilet. On the first floor are four bedrooms and a shower room with toilet. Despite its quiet rural setting, the nearest shops are only three kilometres away and the historic market town of Guémené-sur-Scorff is 10km away.
Taking inspiration from the Italian Renaissance in the 16th century, the popular garden design known as the garden à la française is a formal affair with a clear symmetry throughout the landscaping and positioning of fountains and statues. This dignified, rather ornate flair can be seen throughout the wonderful gardens that surround this grand property near Ventouse in the sunny department of Charente. The 1.5ha park is separated into a number of zones which range from vast lawns that flank the sweeping drive up to the house to more intimate landscaped spaces. There is also a large terrace for al fresco dining and a swimming pool and pool house. The character property itself offers plenty of space, including four bedrooms, several sitting rooms, a library and a light-filled studio.
One of the prettiest houses in Rochefort-en-Terre is currently for sale for €199,800. Completely renovated with open-plan living on the ground floor, it has three bedrooms (two with en suites) and potential for year-round B&B bookings. At the back is a lovely sheltered garden – the ideal place to relax and plan your next foray off to the coast or to simply sit and paint or dine. Rochefort-en-Terre sits high above the river Arz inland from the southern coast and has been voted one of France’s most beautiful villages; it is famed for its geranium-bedecked houses in summer and wonderful Christmas lights and markets.
On the outskirts of Angoulême is this stunning Charentaise farmhouse set in peaceful landscaped gardens with fruit trees, a vegetable patch and a pool. The five-bedroom home has been beautifully restored offering large sunny rooms, high ceilings with original beams and a well-equipped kitchen. For sale at €577,500, there is also a staircase up to an attic with scope to create further accommodation.
This property really sums up the Good Life in France. Located in a rural corner of Calvados, it consists of a two-bedroom farmhouse plus two gîtes (a one-bed and a two-bed), all set in stunning gardens with a pond and a small stream. There’s a potager for growing your vegetables and the gîte business provides that all essential work/life balance. For sale at €295,000, the renovated property is packed full of character features too.
Thatched properties are rare in Brittany but just outside Brech, close to the southern coastline, the Golfe de Morbihan and Vannes, sits a pretty hamlet of thatched cottages. One of these has recently been rethatched with straw from Vendée. Full of character, it has been beautifully designed and well maintained within and without. Some of its features include a 50m² lounge with impressive fireplace and a wonderful oak staircase. Almost all the rooms offer a double aspect and the views from the kitchen out over the garden are just sublime. This much-loved three-bedroom family home (which even has wisteria tumbling over the garden wall) has recently been reduced to €319,950.