Why break the bank on a home in a touristy French village when bigger and better properties are on the market nearby at a more affordable price?
€293,000, near Carennac, Curemonte and Loubressac, Lot
With its pool, fabulous terraces and 3,000m2 of parkland, this is one classy house, built on vaulted cellars and boasting four bedrooms. Conveniently close to the shops of Bétaille, it’s just across the River Dordogne from beautiful Carennac where the Romanesque church and Clusian priory make jaws drop. It is also within a short drive of the Plus Beaux Villages of Curemonte, Autoire, Loubressac, not to mention St-Céré and Gramat and stunning Rocamadour, yet you would be hard pressed to find such a spacious and beautifully renovated home in these beautiful communities at this price. The vaulted ground floor accommodation could be a granny annexe or small gîte as it has its own kitchen, bedroom, dressing room and bathroom.
€220,000, near La Romieu, Gers
Self-sufficient expats with a love of nature head for the rolling hills of northern Gers where beautiful historic towns such as Lectoure and Condom dot the landscape alongside stunning villages such as La Romieu and Larressingle. In a peaceful hamlet close to all of these is this beautifully presented country house offering three double bedrooms and two bathrooms, with the potential to add more. The 642m2 garden has a built-in barbecue, terrace and countryside views.
€275,000, near Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Dordogne/Charente
Dazzling white facades and red tile roofs characterise the pilgrimage village of Aubeterre on the southern edge of Charente. Situated on a big loop in the River Dronne, it has a riverside beach and canoeing centre. The neighbouring commune of Petit-Bersac just over the border in Dordogne is not a tourist hotspot, but it’s just minutes away. In a hamlet here you will find this handsome five-bedroom house, with a swimming pool and covered terrace set in 3,220m2 of land with lovely views. What’s not to love!
€197,950, near Beynac, Castelnaud and La Roque-Gageac, Dordogne
It’s wonderful to visit the stunning villages of the Dordogne valley such as Beynac-et-Cazenac, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle and La Roque-Gageac. But after a day exploring their narrow winding streets, how lovely it would be to escape the crowds and relax by the pool in this rural retreat set in a hectare of land just a few minutes downstream in Monsac. The house has one bedroom, an attached garage, a large shed with water and electricity. Not overlooked by neighbours, the property is five minutes’ drive from two villages with amenities.
€172,800, near Rochefort-en-Terre, Morbihan
Rochefort-en-Terre was crowned France’s favourite village in a 2016 TV show and is listed as one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France. But its car parks and streets can be very busy all year round and affordable property rarely comes up. Just 15 minutes down the road, however, is this charming south-facing canalside cottage with three bedrooms and a large attic, plus parking and small garden with detached garage-workshop, goldfish pond and shed. The house is on mains drainage and within walking distance of the bar-restaurant and cider shop in St-Martin-sur-Oust. The property is less than an hour from the beach and only 10 minutes from La Gacilly, a stunning small town with restaurants, artisan shops and a hugely popular outdoor photo exhibition.
€270,000, near Monflanquin, Lot-et-Garonne
The fortified village of Monflanquin is a beautiful sight with its arcaded central square, narrow streets and hilltop views. Homes with gardens in the bastide itself are rare indeed, but fear not as just a few kilometres outside the centre, still within the commune boundaries, is this gorgeous restored farmhouse sitting in a hectare of land with an orchard, vegetable garden, pond, spring and well. Talk about the good life! The house has an ensuite bedroom and toilet downstairs while upstairs are a further two bedrooms requiring modernisation. There’s also a storeroom, cellar and outbuilding open on one side, currently used as a garage.
€246,000, near Domme, Dordogne
Every summer, tourists pour into the perched village of Domme to soak in the spectacular views over the River Dordogne and the shops and restaurants in this lively bastide. But you’ll get more for your money (and more peace) at the foot of the hill in the village of Cénac-et-St-Julien, which is also handier for the river itself. This honey-coloured home full of character has been nicely restored and has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a good-sized garden with far-reaching views of the limestone cliffs. It’s in a quiet lane within a stroll of the village’s shops, services and restaurants.
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