Prop­er­ties of the month

What­ever it is you’re look­ing for in a prop­erty, France has some­thing to suit

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Homes for all tastes across France

1. B&B po­ten­tial

Re­cently re­duced to €228,000, this at­trac­tive stone-built house on the edge of a small Tarn-et-garonne vil­lage, near Ver­feil-sur-seye, has a suc­cess­ful track record as a cham­bres d’hôtes. One of its star fea­tures is the half-tim­bered din­ing ter­race on the first floor which has a full-width open out­look across fields, wood­land and hills. The three large dou­ble bed­rooms, small pool and garden are sure to ap­peal to guests as is the prox­im­ity to St-an­tonin-no­bleVal and Toulouse air­port. Tel: 0033 (0)5 63 30 60 24 agencelu­

2. Fuss-free by the sea

Re­lax in a brand new hol­i­day home by the Mediter­ranean that can be rented out for you when you’re not there. La Dune is a com­plex of 80 houses and 40 apart­ments less than 10 min­utes from the sandy beach in the small town of Sérig­nan, be­tween Cap d’agde and Nar­bonne. There’s a swim­ming pool, re­cep­tion and other fa­cil­i­ties on site. Prices range from €89,355 for a stu­dio to €169,771 for a two-bed house. VAT is added but is re­funded as part of the lease­back scheme. Tel: 0033 (0)4 99 57 00 33

3. The good life

Seek­ing ru­ral bliss close to an air­port? Then you’ll love the 2.4ha sur­round­ing this old Tarn mill with its pad­docks, shel­ter for horses, fruit trees, veg­etable garden, flower beds and bread oven. There’s even a stream run­ning through the prop­erty, on sale for €570,000. The fourbedroom mill, near Albi, has a stylish in­te­rior which in­cludes a large artist’s stu­dio plus po­ten­tial to create rental ac­com­mo­da­tion and more bed­rooms. And all this just 45 min­utes from Toulouse. Tel: 0800 270 0101 beauxvil­

4. Chan­nel chic

Dat­ing back to the 1800s, this el­e­gant five-bed­room house is set in half an acre of en­closed grounds with a pond on the edge of a small river­side mar­ket town in Manche, Nor­mandy. It has gas-fired cen­tral heat­ing and re­tains many of its orig­i­nal fea­tures. On the mar­ket for €154,900, the prop­erty is in the pic­turesque Gorges de la Vire be­tween St-lô and Torigni-sur-vire and is handy for the fer­ry­ports of both Ouistre­ham (Caen) and Cher­bourg, which are both about an hour’s drive away. Tel: 020 8 669 6576 al­liance­french­prop­

5. Al fresco dreams

Built as a wed­ding gift in 1789, this stun­ning six-bed­room house in the Gers coun­try­side has been re­stored with love. A huge cov­ered ter­race of­fers a sum­mer kitchen with din­ing and lounge space, over­look­ing the swim­ming pool and grounds of 1.5 acres. The price of €650,000 also in­cludes a char­ac­ter­ful three-room pigeonnier con­verted for guests. The prop­erty is 2km from a vil­lage with ameni­ties, 17km from the spa town of Lec­toure and an hour from Toulouse air­port. Tel: 0033 (0)5 65 70 10 49 agence-hamil­

6. Too cool for a school

Al­though this was once a vil­lage school, we’re pretty sure guests would pay to spend the sum­mer hol­i­days here and quite pos­si­bly Christ­mas and every other day too. For €548,000, it of­fers a com­mand­ing po­si­tion at the edge of a Char­ente vil­lage with lovely views over the heated pool to the vine­yards be­yond. In­side are seven bed­room suites and two re­cep­tion rooms with new electrics and plumb­ing, dou­ble-glaz­ing, cen­tral heat­ing and mains drainage. Jarnac and Co­gnac are close by. Tel: 08700 11 51 51 legget­

7. Moulin bleu

With its bright blue shut­ters, climb­ing green­ery and cool wa­ters, this two-bed­room moulin (mill) in Vi­enne can’t fail to en­chant. It even has an old ma­chine room with gear and grind­ing wheels and a re­stored mill wheel that’s in ser­vice. Stand­ing in a meadow in a quiet part of Us­son-du-poitou, the prop­erty also boasts a small swim­ming pool, barn, work­shop and bread oven. On the mar­ket for €370,000, it’s be­tween Poitiers, Li­mo­ges and An­goulême. Tel: 0033 (0)5 49 87 56 86 ar­gusim­mo­

8. Lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion

Half­way be­tween St-tropez and the Gorges du Ver­don on the out­skirts of Tour­tour, one of the of­fi­cial Plus Beaux Villages de France, this Var villa au­to­mat­i­cally ticks boxes. As if those co­or­di­nates aren’t im­pres­sive enough, it’s on a park­land es­tate that en­joys a shared pool, ten­nis courts and lake. For €290,000 you get two large bed­rooms and a de­cent garden with a pa­tio and plenty of trees per­fect for hold­ing your ham­mock. Nice air­port is just un­der a 90-minute drive. Tel: 0845 123 5885

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