Whether you like your Christmases cosy and casual or filled with festivities, these homes would make the perfect setting
1. €95,400, Orne
Everything about this chocolate box cottage in Orne makes you want to put on your comfiest clothes and start baking something delicious. Small but perfectly formed, the two-bedroom property benefits from two shower rooms and a lovely living room with beams and a working fireplace – the new insulation, double glazing and electrics will ensure that you’ll be kept cosy through the coldest of months. When not inside enjoying the warmth, you could venture 2km to the village bakery to pick up a baguette, or travel a further 3km to a historic and pretty town with a range of shops and services.
On the market with Maison Perfect
2. €628,000, Côtes-d’Armor
Now this is a house for entertaining. You could invite family, friends, neighbours and the neighbours cat round for Christmas at this magnificent manor house, which comes with four cottages – offering a whopping 15 bedoroms in total. The main house contains an enormous double reception room, fitted kitchen and dining room, and five bedrooms. Despite only being built in 1985 the owners have taken care to add beautiful character features throughout, something which is continued through the pretty guest cottages. There’s also a heated pool, double garage, large hangar and over two acres of wooded gardens which lead out to some beautiful walks in the surrounding area.
On the market with Agence Newton
3. €254,400, Corrèze
When it comes to the Christmases you see depicted in films – a roaring fire, a huge country kitchen, cosy bedrooms up in the eaves – this house fits the bill perfectly. Five minutes from the beautiful medieval town of Beaulieu sur Dordogne and within easy reach of Rocamadour and Sarlat, this five-bedroom farmhouse is set on a hill with gorgeous views which will be blanketed in snow come Christmas. The large country kitchen makes a great space for the family to cook together before heading into the cosy living room to warm up by the woodburning stove. The pretty gardens include shrubs and mature trees, with a handy barn for storage. As an added benefit, two of the bedrooms are in a self-contained suite, perfect for welcoming guests over the festive period.
On the market with Leggett
4. €735,000, Haute-Savoie
For a Christmas property round-up, how could we fail to include a chalet? This one is stunning – situated in a small hamlet above Samoëns, it comprises the main three-bedroom chalet plus a two-bedroom apartment on the ground floor, great for hosting visitors or for renting out. The property is fitted out in typical Alpine style, with beautiful wood-clad interiors, in an open-plan layout perfect for a Christmas gathering. Best of all, though, are the views of snowcapped mountains stretching into the distance. What a sight to wake up to on Christmas morning!
On the market with Leggett
5. €336,000 Charente
Here’s house where you could really go to town on the decorations. This stunning barn conversion has four lovely bedrooms, but the real draw is the fantastic open-plan ground floor, which includes a huge double height living room (you’re going to need a big tree), with a beautiful kitchen and a dining area beneath a mezzanine level. You could have the designated chefs slaving away over the turkey, the lucky ones lounging on the sofa, a few people at the table and someone playing the baby grand piano in the corner, all in conversation with each other. There’s a lot to offer in terms of outside space too; attached to the house and across the courtyard are several stone outbuildings offering storage spave and potential for conversion, while to the back of the property there’s a large lawn, a heated swimming pool and a tennis court.
On the market with Charente Immobilier
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