French properties for sale in May you will love
PUBLISHED: 11:18 27 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:30 21 May 2018
Are you looking for a property for sale in France? Our selection of French properties this month includes a château in the Loire Valley, a working vineyard in Dordogne and a stately home in Burgundy...
Near Blois, Loir-et-Cher, Centre-Val de Loire
Just 14km from Blois, on the edge of a thriving village, a lovely watermill is surrounded by beautiful gardens and the river which winds around the property. This house has already been partly renovated with a newly created second floor offering four bedrooms each with great views over the gardens and countryside. On the ground floor are three more. There’s an enormous living room with a stone fireplace while the kitchen-diner has French windows at each end. With plenty of original character and more than an acre of gardens it exudes charm at every turn.
Within walking distance of the shops of a small village 20 minutes from Bergerac, this four-bedroom Dordogne farmhouse offers as much convenience as charm. On the market for €258,000, it’s all on one level and is well insulated and double-glazed. Inside there’s a living-dining room, kitchen, back kitchen, wine cave, shower room with separate toilets and an incorporated workshop with loft. The large garden is mostly level lawn with a vegetable plot and shed, car port and electric gates.
This beautiful six-bedroom farmhouse is located on the edge of a village, and close to the lively riverside town of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, yet is situated on a country lane with no through traffic, with amazing views of the rolling countryside of Charente. Inside, there are plenty of original features including beams, wooden floors and a pretty stone fireplace in the salon. The galleried first floor gives the property an open and spacious feel. There are six bedrooms and two bathrooms in total and each room has been tastefully decorated so no extra work would be needed. The house has pretty gardens and a covered outdoor seating area and is an hour from Bergerac airport.
Bygone Brittany doesn’t get much more beautiful than this thatched cottage with an old equestrian centre, large barn and nine horses boxes. On sale for €237,900, it is in rural Morbihan on a 1.5ha site of meadow and woodland that includes a 20x60m training ground. The charming cottage dates back to 1659 and has three bedrooms (one on the ground floor) and a large living room with historic fireplace. The beaches and standing stones of southern Brittany are within easy reach.
Throw open the windows, gaze down at the courtyard and breathe in the Charente-Maritime air. You can’t fail to get a bit caught up in the romance of this handsome maison de maître near the market town of Aulnay. It has four bedrooms – two of which are on the ground floor – and two bathrooms, along with 2,559m² of grounds. St-Jean-d’Angély is within half an hour’s drive while the busting port of La Rochelle can be reached in 75 minutes.
Looking for a house with character? This beautiful stone-built home has plenty of it. Located on the edge of a quiet farming hamlet, the property is surrounded by gardens with views of the rolling wooded countryside beyond. Inside are four bedrooms, a modern kitchen and a spacious salon with exposed stone walls and a woodburner. There is also a one-bedroom gîte, perfect for visiting guests.
If you’ve always dreamed of working the vines, this property could be for you. This is a working vineyard producing AOC Bergerac and Côtes-de-Bergerac, with approximately 17 hectares of land, winery buildings and equipment being sold together with a pretty stone-built house, complete with pigeonnier. The two-bedroom house is ready to move into and accommodation could be extended into the adjacent pigeonnier. The vineyard comprises several stone buildings which are used for wine production and storage, a good selection of stainless steel wine vats plus additional equipment and machinery.
Elne, Pyrénées-Orientales, Occitanie
Pyrénées-Orientales has long sandy beaches towards the north of the department with rocky stretches closer to the Spanish border. The main town is Perpignan, with its international airport, and there are plenty of popular seaside resorts as well as the Pyrénées, ideal for outdoor activities including winter skiing – the best of both worlds perhaps? In the lively town of Elne close to the sandy beaches of Argelès-sur-Mer and the chic harbour town of Collioure, this stone-built village house offers four large bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living-dining area with fireplace, exposed beams and terracotta tiles, and a separate fitted kitchen with its own fireplace. Outside, there’s a large terrace and a charming courtyard. Elne was the first capital of the former province of Roussillon, later being replaced by Perpignan. Several historic monuments remain, including its Romanesque 11th/12th-century cathedral with beautiful cloisters which took over 300 years to complete.
Loye-sur-Arnon, Cher, Centre-Val de Loire
If only a château will do then in Loye-sur-Arnon there’s a simply stunning seven bedroom, 500-acre country estate with two lakes and natural swimming pool. The extensive beautiful gardens were awarded ‘remarkable garden’ status in 2001. The château, complete with tower, is reflected in an amazing central water feature, bordered on either side by gardens. Then there’s a farm, farm buildings, two-bedroom gîte… the list goes on. Perfectly maintained, the park and woodland is crossed by small private pathways.
Nestled on the edge of a traditional village on the Tarn-et-Garonne/Aveyron border is this lovely stone property. The interior has been restored to a very high standard, with great flair and huge attention to detail. On the ground floor is the kitchen/dining room, open to full roof height, large utility room and bedroom with en-suite shower. On the first floor is a sitting room with a wood-burning stove, cosy study, spacious master bedroom with fireplace and large shower room. There is half an acre of mature gardens with a terrace and a one-bedroom guest annexe and separate studio.
Autun, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy-Franche-Comté
Situated in Autun, this four-bedroom stately home dates from the 16th century – stone walls, parquet floors and wooden beamed ceilings add a sense of history. With such a central location, you can easily access all that Autun has to offer. But if you don’t fancy going past your front door, just check to see what bottles you have stocked in the wine cellar and enjoy a glass in the first-floor grand salon.
Peisey-Vallandry, Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Ski developer MGM French Properties has already sold over half the apartments in its new boutique development, Les Granges de l’Epinette, located in the desirable Vallandry resort, in the Paradiski area. But if you’re quick you can snap up one of the 34 apartments, all available for outright purchase and boasting private balconies, underground parking, ski lockers and cellars. A one-bedroom apartment starts at €275,000; the photo above is of a two-bedroom priced at €405,000.
Whether you want an owner’s home and gîte with proven income or two attractive family homes, each with a pool, this property is sure to delight. Twenty minutes from St-Emilion and 35 from Bergerac, it has a privileged position within walking distance of village amenities and just a few minutes’ drive from a swimming lake. The registered gîte has five en-suite bedrooms plus a child’s bedroom; the other house has four bedrooms.
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