Charming bargains: seven gorgeous French properties for a low budget
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High in character and low in price, these lovely French homes are all nicely renovated and on the market for less than €120,000
Petite, neat and very sweet, this one-bedroom cottage is tucked away in a small hamlet a short bike ride from the large village of Rohan, from where you can cycle along the Nantes-to-Brest canal into the stunning market town of Josselin. Yes, it has exposed stone walls and a country-style corner kitchen, but it also has double glazing, a new roof, a spacious bedroom and an easily manageable garden. Like many rural French properties it will need a new fosse septique but this is reflected in the newly reduced price.
This irresistible cottage is in the Armorique regional park on the edge of Huelgoat, a popular lakeside village famous for the massive boulders in its forest. Brimming with character yet fully modernised, it has a good roof, modern electrics and a conforming septic tank. There's one big bedroom and a large landing where you could put up guests for a night or two. Out front is a courtyard with garden shed and parking.
With its cobbled and tiled floors, alcoves and spiral staircase, this two-bedroom cottage in the Limousin countryside is a historical gem. But it's also bang up to date with double glazing, new wiring, new plumbing, new roof and a modern kitchen. Two sets of double doors, double-aspect windows and far-reaching views of the Limousin countryside stop it feeling poky and outside is a large 3,031m2 plot plus two useful outbuildings. The nearest amenities are 4km away and it's 7km to the market town of La Souterraine, which has a train station and weekly farmers' market set around the medieval church.
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Oozing olde world charm but freshly finished in 2018, this stone house overlooks fields in the pretty village of Domps, 12km from Chateauneuf-la-Forêt with its leisure lake and 10km from the medieval town of Eymoutiers. You can't fail to love its spacious triple-aspect kitchen-diner with cosy snug and double doors onto the garden. Upstairs are three large bedrooms, a lovely shower room and a loft while outside there's a garden of 353m2, with parking space at the front and lawn at the back. The house is on mains drainage and has double glazing and electrical radiators.
Within walking distance of a supermarket and post office in a village between Surgères and Aigre is this pleasingly symmetrical home. It has two spacious bedrooms, plus a guest house to renovate, an open-fronted barn, workshop/summer kitchen, garage and vaulted wine cellar. Despite its position in a village, the property enjoys a peaceful setting overlooking a walled 1,490m2 garden with a stream at the bottom. It's perfectly located to enjoy day trips to the spa town of St-Jean d'Angély, the Roman town of Saintes and the port of La Rochelle with the beautiful Ile de Ré just beyond.
Step inside this stone cottage in a pretty rural hamlet and you can't fail to be enchanted. The beautiful window seat, stone corner kitchen, whitewashed beams and original fireplace all lend a feeling of rustic cosiness. But the wood-pellet burner in the fireplace is brand new and the two-bedroom cottage is fully insulated with double glazed windows, new shutters and no work to be done. Outside in the 800m2 garden there is plenty of space to relax and dine alfresco and from here you can also access the large basement under the living space, which provides a useful workshop, cellar and storage space. The market town of Marcillac-la-Croisille is 8km away and other popular towns in the area include Argentat and the fairytale Château-de-Sedieres, though you may prefer to simply enjoy the unspoilt Corrèze countryside.
With five bedrooms, a large lawn and an acre of woodland, this Breton beauty has plenty of space for family and friends. There's even a games room on the ground floor along with two bedrooms and a bathroom, making the house particularly well suited for multi-generational living or holidays. Upstairs are a further three bedrooms and a shower room while an outbuilding provides more storage. The property is near the market town of Châteauneuf du Faou on the Nantes-to-Brest canal and within easy reach of beaches, the Armorique regional park and Brittany's ancient mountain chain the Monts d'Arrée.