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12 houses to renovate on the market in France

PUBLISHED: 15:32 27 June 2018

This six-bedroom house in Aveyron needs internal renovation

This six-bedroom house in Aveyron needs internal renovation


Fancy creating your dream French home from an old property full of character? These 12 renovation projects for sale in France are yours to buy

Aveyron, Occitanie


This 6-bedroom home needs internal renovation but there is plenty of potential. Downstairs is a living room with part-panelled rooms and a large kitchen with a beamed ceiling, wide ‘cantou’ chimney, porcelain sink and an original built-in wall cupboard. Upstairs are 6 bedrooms, a shower room and separate toilet, while outside there is a garden courtyard to the rear with a small stone barn. The property is well located, with the nearest school 2km away, the train station and shops 5km away and Toulouse airport a 90-minute drive.

A property in an historic town in Creuse to renovateA property in an historic town in Creuse to renovate

Creuse, Nouvelle-Aquitaine


Situated in the centre of the historic town of Bourganeuf, this property comprises 4 one-bedroom apartments and would make a fantastic investment opportunity. One the ground floor is a one-bedroom flat with a lovely arched window overlooking the countryside. On the next 3 floors are also one-bedroom apartments, all with one large room featuring an original fireplace serving as kitchen area/dining room/lounge, 1 double bedroom, hallway with built-in wardrobe, separate toilet and ensuite bathroom. Each apartmenthas private access and electricity and water meters.

A partly restored farm in the Loire ValleyA partly restored farm in the Loire Valley

Indre-et-Loire, Centre-Val-de-Loire


This beautiful and partly restored 17th-century farm is located in the Loire Valley, near the royal town of Loches, and Montrésor. Built on 3.7 acres of land, the property comprises a main farmhouse building to renovate and expand - though it is structurally sound - and two outbuildings ripe for conversion. In the grounds is a pond, a well and grove.

This grand house in Charente needs complete renovationThis grand house in Charente needs complete renovation

Charente, Nouvelle-Aquitaine


If you’re looking to completely renovate a property, this grand house would be the perfect buy. Situated in a village between Ruffec and Verteuil-sur-Charente, the property has so much potential, with 116m2 of living space and period features including wooden beams and fireplaces. In addition to the maine house, there is also a small house to renovate also, a barn amd a hangar. This could be transformed into a large family home, with extra space for workshops or additional accommodation.

A character stone longère in Deux-Sèvres to renovateA character stone longère in Deux-Sèvres to renovate

Deux-Sèvres, Nouvelle-Aquitaine


Situated in a pretty hamlet just 5 mins drive from the small market town of Sauze-Vaussais, this charming traditional stone house has kept many of the original features and is perfect for renovation with potential to create 156m2 of comfy living space. The property benefits from a new roof, water and electricity meters are in place so you just need to create your dream home inside. Attached to the property are former stables and the gardens extend to the front and the rear.

A large house in Charente-Maritime in need of complete restorationA large house in Charente-Maritime in need of complete restoration

Charente-Maritime, Nouvelle-Aquitaine


Fancy a renovation project to really get stuck into? A blank canvas for a new owner to put their own stamp on, this large house requires complete renovation and also comes with an adjoining outbuilding, which could be used to extend the min living accommodation subject to the necessary planning permission. A second small house in the grounds provides further living space and could perhaps be used to generate a rental income. The property is set in lovely walled garden that is planted with fruit trees, and is only 5km from the centre of Aulnay which has a good range of amenities.

A second-floor apartment in need of renovation within this château in HéraultA second-floor apartment in need of renovation within this château in Hérault

Hérault, Occitanie


Here is an opportunity to live in a château without all the heating bills! This second-floor apartment in need of complete renovation has plenty of period charm with high ceilings and original windows with views across the countryside. There is unrestricted use of the gated courtyard and mature communal gardens with terraces and a barbecue area. The château is well situated in a lively village with shops, restaurant and a large market. Narbonne is 20 minutes away and Carcassonne and the beaches of the Mediterranean are under an hour away.

Three stones houses in Morbihan to renovateThree stones houses in Morbihan to renovate

Morbihan, Brittany


Located in town, these three stone houses are ready to restore. They comprise a 1st house with, on the ground floor, an independent kitchen, a living-room, a bathroom. There are 2 bedrooms on the second floor. The second house includes, on the ground floor, a boiler room with fireplace and an attic upstairs. The 3rd house comprises a room with fireplace and toilets, plus an attic. Outside, there is a garage and a garden of approx. 290m2.

A chic house and barn to do up in Haute-VienneA chic house and barn to do up in Haute-Vienne

Haute-Vienne, Occitanie


Even if you spent €60,000 doing up this shabby chic house and barn in the village of La Roche-l’Abeille, you’d still have change from €100,000. Dating back to 1850, it’s in a small lane with country views, yet only a minute’s walk from a restaurant and bar. There are pretty gardens to either side with mature trees and a well. Limoges airport is within 45 minutes’ drive and the Périgord-Limousin regional park is on your doorstep.

A former presbytery in Manche to restoreA former presbytery in Manche to restore

Manche, Normandy


Could this former presbytery on the edge of the Normandy-Maine regional park be the project for you? Priced at just €49,500, it obviously needs a lot of work including a new bathroom and kitchen, general refurbishment and decoration. By the end, you should have a three-storey, detached stone and slate village house with at least four bedrooms and a 1,200m2 garden. The house is in the area of Le Teilleuil, near Domfront and about an hour from Mont St-Michel.

Large historic house to renovate in the centre of a village in HéraultLarge historic house to renovate in the centre of a village in Hérault

Hérault, Occitanie

€ 96,000

This village house currently boats 2 bedrooms but offers an exciting opportunity to create a much larger home. Set in the very centre of the upmarket village of Autignac with its shops and cafe/bar, this ancient presbytery already has a new bathroom, salon, 2 bedrooms and a basic kitchen. The property has the potential to become a small chambres d’hotes, or a very reasonably priced second home, all in the heart of the beautiful and sunny French mediterranean region.


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