Dream French properties: August
PUBLISHED: 12:23 04 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:14 08 August 2017
Find your ideal French property with our selection this month! From a stunning Provençal bastide to a cute cottage near the Minervois Massfi in Corrèze, one of these 12 properties is sure to tempt you...
For those looking to enjoy their French home in seclusion, this country house is hidden behind a stone gateway and walled gardens. Located just 10km away from Angoulême (with excellent links from its TGV station), the property is packed with character features, including lovely exposed beams and an impressive stone fireplace. With two to three bedrooms inside plus a two-bedroom gîte attached to the main house, it has heaps of potential.
Near Fontenay-le-Comte, Vendée, Pays-de-la-Loire
Set in a private courtyard with two other properties, this detached cottage north of Fontenay-le-Comte enjoys wonderful Vendée views. It’s an ideal holiday base with two bedrooms, a lounge with woodburner and a kitchen-diner. It is currently on well water but with access to mains water if desired. The property is within walking distance of amenities, an hour’s drive from the beach and 40 minutes from the famous Puy du Fou historical theme park.
Fancy a homegrown Mediterranean lifestyle? This Provençal bastide comes with eight acres of land encompassing a swimming pool, small vineyard, olive grove, orchard, forest and fields. Close to the Gorges du Verdon, it comprises an 18th-century farmhouse with six bedrooms and an independent two-bed apartment with its own terrace. There’s also a sauna, workshop, barn and two garages plus a wine cellar and bar for your homegrown rosé.
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This chocolate-box property is ideally located for those who like to hop across the Channel by ferry. It is set in a tranquil residential area and has been traditionally built offering modern fittings and a comfortable living space with bright and perky interiors. There is a fitted and fully equipped kitchen and a large living room with a lovely fireplace and woodburner. French doors lead to a south-facing terrace which boasts beautiful countryside views. You’ll find two bedrooms upstairs, and a bedroom and extra living room in the basement.
You may be surprised to know that this exceptional property was completed just two years ago. The bastide-style house has three bedrooms that are flooded with light and all with en-suite bathrooms. Downstairs is a huge open-plan kitchen with a marble topped island which offers a separation from the dining/living room. The property also has a separate guesthouse, which could make a nice gîte to let out, a stylish pool house overlooking a salt-water swimming pool all in manicured gardens planted with cypress, lavender and olive trees.
Hop off the ferry at Roscoff and in 30 minutes you could be relaxing in this superb five-bed house. It sits in 1.6ha of land bordered by a stream and comes with a swimming pool, a chalet for storage, car pool and garage. There is also a lovely south-west-facing terrace and even a summer kitchen in the garden.
Near Cuzance, Lot, Occitanie
This character property has a total of eight bedrooms, giving it excellent B&B potential. particularly as it is located just 20 minutes away from Brive airport. The property has been beautifully renovated throughout and offers luxury and comfort. The main house is found in the central part of the farmhouse, attached to it is an independent apartment. To the left is a separate cottage of 112m2. There is also a detached barn to further convert but part of it has been transformed into a ‘zen room’. In the mature gardens of 2ha, you’ll find a pool and ornamental pond.
Beautifully presented inside and out, this detached Charentaise five-bed house is on the edge of a friendly village in the Cognac wine-producing area. The remains of an old abbey are among the outbuildings in the grounds, which boast a private courtyard made from the shell of an old house, complete with ancient fireplace. The local village, 45 minutes from Angoulême, enjoys daily deliveries of bread, pastries and meat, and there are shops in another village nearby.
This renovated house near Cherbourg boasts breathtaking sea views. The layout includes a vast main living room which is flooded with light from three sides, a large master suite and three other bedrooms, plus a mezzanine space to relax in. The private grounds are fenced and planted with mature trees, while there is also a swimming pool and a sauna in a pool house, as well as a cellar and workshop.
Near St-Augustin, Corrèze, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Nicely set within 1,683m2 of garden, this pretty stone house has plenty of character, including lovely wooden floors, exposed stone walls and a period fireplace. From the kitchen, back doors lead to a terrace for outdoor dining while there are a total of five bedrooms plus two bathrooms. Outside is a well-maintained garden, a garage and workshop.
Near Gordes, Vaucluse, PACA
Set among the vines and cherry trees in the Gordes plain with views of the Luberon to the south, this tastefully restored 19th-century stone ‘mas’ has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and heaps of character throughout. A swimming pool is located at the foot of the garden in grounds of 2,937m2.
The beautiful façade of this grand maison de maître offers immediate wow factor. Inside, the property is spacious with a large lounge, a kitchen/dining room, five bedrooms, a bathroom and an attic. The house has typical charentaise stone walls and superb beams. There is also a small barn at the entrance of the property and a pool in the back garden.