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€119,000 A con­verted barn in a peace­ful ru­ral set­ting near La-char­ité-sur-loire (Ref: 421034)

€249,000 A his­toric four-bed mill in 1.2 hectares of land just 5km from the River Loire (Ref: 418888)

Named af­ter the epony­mous river that me­an­ders its way through the de­part­ment, Nièvre is a largely ru­ral area made up of a patch­work of agri­cul­tural fields, vine­yards, wa­ter­ways and small vil­lages. The nat­u­ral re­gional park of Mor­van cov­ers most of the dé­parte­ment; its pro­tected wood­lands, lakes and farm­land at­tract many vis­i­tors.

Cap­i­tal: Nev­ers Sit­ting on the banks of the River Loire, Nev­ers dates as far back as Ro­man times but the wind­ing streets and his­tor­i­cal houses were built be­tween the 14th and 17th cen­tury. Such his­tory is vis­i­ble in the el­e­gant Palais Du­cal and the cathe­dral whose tower dom­i­nates the town’s sky­line. The town is fa­mous for its pat­terned china faïence which you can dis­cover by fol­low­ing the blue line on the pave­ment from the Palais Du­cal to the fas­ci­nat­ing pot­tery dis­trict.

High­lights The Mor­van is def­i­nitely worth a visit as this re­gional park is criss-crossed by hik­ing and cy­cling paths, small rivers and streams, and is dot­ted with tra­di­tional farm­ing vil­lages. To see the de­part­ment from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive, a punt on the Canal du Niver­nais is a lovely way to €159,000 Pretty three-bed stone cot­tage with a gar­den near Chateauneuf-val-de-bar­gis (Ref: 421040)

€650,000 Bed-and-breakfast busi­ness boast­ing open views in the vil­lage of Bouhy (Ref: 424602)

view life in Nièvre. Places to visit include the Château de Ba­zoche, Chateau Chi­non and its royal fortress, the Ab­baye de Cor­bigny or the town of La-char­ité­sur-loire, known as the Ville du Livre (book town).

Lo­cal spe­cial­i­ties As an agri­cul­tural re­gion, Nièvre is full of charm­ing farm­ers’ mar­kets sell­ing lots of lo­cal prod­ucts in­clud­ing honey, goat’s cheese and meat. Those with a sweet tooth will be spoilt for choice as the area pro­duces a wealth of tra­di­tional sweets such as nougat. Nièvre is also known for its AOC Pouilly Fumé white wine.

Ac­cess • By air: Paris is ap­prox­i­mately 2h30 from Nev­ers • By Eurostar: Nev­ers is 5h40m from Lon­don via Paris • By road: Nev­ers is 530km from the port and Chan­nel Tun­nel at Calais

Cli­mate (Foix) • Av­er­age an­nual tem­per­a­ture: 5.8°/16.0° • Av­er­age an­nual rain­fall: 804.1 mm • Av­er­age an­nual sun­shine hours: 1,774h

Av­er­age house price €80,000

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