Give a lit­tle

Dream sec­ond homes for less than £500,000 are worth the search, says An­nun­ci­ata El­wes

Country Life Every Week - - Houses Under £500,000 -

Nor­mandy, France €398,000 (£366,233)

Dat­ing back to the 18th cen­tury, this charm­ing thatched, tim­ber-framed cot­tage in the Mont­fort-sur-risle com­mune of the Eure dé­parte­ment is less than two hours from Paris and 45 min­utes from Deauville. It has four bed­rooms, 3½ acres of meadow and or­chard, two barns and a guest house. Ch­ester­tons In­ter­na­tional (020–7201 2071)

Nova Sco­tia, Canada, CAD$279,000 (£173,431)

Scented with sea air from nearby Digby har­bour, this de­light­ful Dutch colo­nial prop­erty re­sem­bles an up­turned ship. It has four bed­rooms, a pretty ve­ran­dah over­look­ing the gar­den and a grand oak stair­case. Tradewinds Realty (001 902 526 2462; 020–7467 5330)

Mal­lorca, Spain €490,000 (£450,035)

This lovely stone house in the vil­lage of Alaró, in a peace­ful val­ley in the south­ern Tramuntana moun­tains, has been beau­ti­fully refurbished in a bou­tique style to in­clude Moroc­can mo­saics and pol­ished lime­stone walls. With two bed­rooms, it comes fully fur­nished. Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Realty (00 34 971 721 000)

Co Kil­dare, Ire­land £484,859 (€530,000)

El­e­gantly Ge­or­gian, Sham­rock Lodge, on the edge of Athy Town, is set in four acres and dates from 1835. It has six bed­rooms, a court­yard, a con­ser­va­tory, a li­brary, sta­bles and other out­build­ings as well as a gate lodge. Sav­ills (03339 391384)

Tus­cany, Italy €525,000 (£486,268)

In a peace­ful borgo not far from Buon­con­vento and Siena, this three-bed­room farm­house has a pri­vate gar­den and a vine-cov­ered din­ing ter­race, as well as the shared use of the swim­ming pool, ten­nis court and beau­ti­fully main­tained grounds, with Ju­das, fig and apri­cot trees as well as the ju­jube tree after which the prop­erty is named. Knight Frank (00 39 3483 707 339)

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