Dream French properties: January
PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 January 2018
Find your ideal French property! From cute Breton cottages for less than €100,000 to a traditional Provençal farmhouse, one of these properties for sale is sure to tempt you...
With its striking dovecote, classic gardens and stylish interior, this property set among the Lot Valley vineyards really has the wow factor. It’s 20 minutes from Cahors and stands in 1.6ha of grounds within walking distance of bars, restaurants and shops. Priced at €695,000, the property has a main house with two living rooms, three en-suite bedrooms and wine cellar, plus a pigeonnier guesthouse with two bedrooms and shower room. Outside there’s a pool, workshop and garage.
Having been recently reduced from €108,000, this charming house is a real bargain. As picture-perfect inside as it is out, the house’s best features are its rustic country kitchen and dining room with high ceilings, beams and high windows. In the middle of the room a staircase leads up to the double bedrooms on the first floor. Outside, there is a large garden with fruit trees and an outbuilding that could be renovated.
Set in a small hamlet, this traditional four-bedroom maison de maîtreis a well proportioned family home, decorated in Farrow & Ball colours throughout. There are plenty of period features including fireplaces with wood-burning stoves in both the sitting room and the cosy day room, which leads to the kitchen, with an Aga and space for informal dining. Outside are landscaped gardens and a swimming pool.
Situated in the Parc Naturel Régional d’Armorique, this stone cottage is ideally located for those who would like to have hiking, pony trekking and cycling on their doorstep. But even if you didn’t want to venture out, this cosy home is the perfect place to hunker down and keep warm by the woodburner. From the lounge, a staircase leads to a mezzanine which could be used as a study or extra bedroom.
St-Jean-de-Maruejols-et-Avéjan, Gard, Occitanie
Located in the hills of Gard, in St-Jean-de-Maruejols-et-Avéjan (about an hour’s drive from both Nîmes and Orange), is a very spacious four-bedroom maison de maître. This bustling village has all amenities and there’s much to see and explore. The house was built originally for a wine merchant and has beautifully proportioned rooms with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. At the rear in the tranquil garden there’s a covered summer living room and kitchen alongside the beautiful pool – the perfect space to sample a local Ardèche beer on hot summers’ days – on the market for €279,900.
Near Ménèrbes, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur
Just north of the glittering Mediterranean and its stunning coastline, is the enchanting Massif du Luberon. Real Provence, some say this is, with swathes of purple lavender fields, olive trees and hilltop villages. Imagine having all this just down the road from your very own Provençal farmhouse. The property sits in huge grounds of around 7,500m² which include a little forest and an immaculate garden with swimming pool and exceptional views. In fact, from the property, you can see Mont Ventoux. Inside the house, there is a large open-plan dining room and kitchen with fireplace, a cosy living room, also with a fireplace, four spacious bedrooms, two shower rooms and a bathroom as well as a fabulous vaulted cellar. The property is in a peaceful location but not isolated, the Plus Beau Village of Ménèrbes is within walking distance of the house.
For British househunters, one of the many attractions of France is the affordability of property. Take this partly renovated house in the lovely Tarn-et-Garonne department, for example. It already benefits from double-glazed windows and just needs finishing, such as fitting a kitchen on the ground floor and replastering and decorating the first floor. It has a spacious double bedroom and one large bathroom up on the second floor. Dating back to the 18th century, the traditionally built house is packed with character features; exposed beams, flagstone floors and an original stone fireplace and sink have all been preserved. Outside, there are two stone barns. Located to the north of the market town of Caylus and within an hour of Toulouse airport, the house has heaps of potential to create a cosy family home, perhaps with a gîte in the barns.
Coffee and croissants overlooking the turquoise waters of the Côte d’Azur – if that’s your idea of heaven then maybe this duplex apartment is for you. Halfway between Cannes and St-Tropez, it’s in the pretty town of Fréjus, a flip flop from the beach. The living space of 38m² comprises a kitchen and living room opening onto a terrace, plus a bedroom upstairs. A few minutes’ walk from the shops and train station, the property is €315,000 and on the top floor of a three-storey building without lift.
Can you really buy a pretty house with a pool a few paces from a Michelin-starred restaurant in a sought-after riverside village – and still get change from €166,000? Yes! Here’s one in Bourg-Charente, a village famous not only for its fine dining but also its château, where the cognac for Grand Marnier liqueur is aged. Tastefully presented, the house has a small south-facing terrace out front and a larger one at the back with a small pool, while an outbuilding up the lane provides garage space.
Set in mature grounds, with outstanding views of the surrounding countryside, this three-bedroom home benefits from a fitted kitchen, lounge with fireplace, spacious conservatory with mezzanine area, master bedroom with en suite and a swimming pool. The property has extensive outbuildings and a gîte which could be upgraded to provide further accommodation – giving the opportunity to add value to this home. The pretty village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is a few kilometres away, with shops and restaurants. Bergerac airport is around an hour’s drive, and Bordeaux airport is one hour 15 minutes away.
Castelnau-de-Montmiral, Tarn, Occitanie
If your idea of a dream home is one which requires no work at all and is already fitted out to a very high standard, then you might want to consider a new-build villa, such as this one on the estate of Château La Durantie. This luxury three-bedroom villa has all modern conveniences including high-tech fireplace, air conditioning, wifi and fully fitted kitchen with American fridge. Outside is a heated private pool and built-in barbecue. Château La Durantie is a pretty estate with vineyards occupying an idyllic setting in south-west France.
With nine bedrooms, this 19th-century property in Plouguerneau would work well as a boutique chambres d’hôtes or a grand family home. The property is within walking distance of the beach, meaning you could go swimming or sailing whenever the mood strikes, or simply watch the crashing waves from your cosy living room.