LAY OF THE LAND Whether you want to keep an­i­mals, or sim­ply want to spend more time in the gar­den, there are plenty of op­tions on the mar­ket, says Stephanie Shel­drake

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La Chapelle-Mont­bran­deix Haute-Vi­enne Near Beaulieu-sur-Dor­dogne Cor­rèze

1 Three lakes set in five acres of beau­ti­ful park­land with ma­ture bushes and trees make this a peace­ful of­fer­ing. There are two ba­sic chalets – one larger (38m2) with a cov­ered ter­race, a smaller chalet of 10m2, as well as a log cabin (12m2). Wa­ter is pro­vided by a spring and elec­tric­ity is sup­plied by a gen­er­a­tor. All three lakes have been reg­is­tered and con­form to fish­ing reg­u­la­tions. The site is within walk­ing dis­tance of a vil­lage with restau­rant, bar and con­ve­nience store. This could be an ex­cit­ing propo­si­tion for some­one who is keen to de­velop it fur­ther as a hol­i­day venture as there is plenty of scope for de­vel­op­ment. pauline­han­dover@gmail.com

2 This re­cently ren­o­vated three-bed­room 19th­cen­tury farm­house with 1.3 hectares is set back from the road with a pri­vate drive. In­side, the prop­erty has been taste­fully ren­o­vated, re­tain­ing all of its his­toric charm. The large open-plan din­ing room boasts a stone fire­place with log­burner, ex­posed stone walls, beams and wide floor­boards. This home would suit some­one who is look­ing to move in with­out any work, and with am­ple out­side space, it would be pos­si­ble to keep a horse or other live­stock. There is an above-ground pool, a nat­u­ral pond, and there is even a res­i­dent pea­cock. allez-fran­cais.com

Oradour-Fanais Char­ente

3 This char­ac­ter­ful three-bed­room farm­house is sit­u­ated in an idyl­lic, pri­vate set­ting, with fish­ing lake, sta­bles and more than seven hectares of land. There is a sum­mer room for out­side din­ing or sim­ply a place to sit and take in the view. The house has been ren­o­vated while keep­ing its char­ac­ter, and there is a large kitchen-diner with a wood-burn­ing stove. The town of Availles-Li­mouzine with all ameni­ties is a 10-minute drive and Con­folens is 20 min­utes away. Li­mo­ges air­port can be reached in 50 min­utes and Poitiers is just over an hour away. ac­tous.fr

Near Pouant Vi­enne

4 This beau­ti­fully ren­o­vated six-bed­room house is set in 0.71 acres of gar­dens with a swim­ming pool. The light in­te­rior boasts ex­posed stone walls, beams and oak stairs. There is an ad­ja­cent build­ing with a large liv­ing room with fire­place, bath­room and two dou­ble bed­rooms over­look­ing a pri­vate court­yard, which could be eas­ily con­verted into a gîte. Out­side there is an en­closed gar­den, a cov­ered ter­race, swim­ming pool, an or­chard, and other out­build­ings. sex­tant­prop­er­ties.com

Mois­don-la-Rivière Loire-At­lan­tique

5 This sin­gle-level four-bed­room prop­erty comes with one hectare of land, and sits on the edge of a beau­ti­ful lake that is owned by the town. In­side, the rooms are light and bright, with a large sit­ting room and a din­ing room with pa­tio doors open­ing out onto the lawns, with views of the lake. The prop­erty is south-fac­ing and ben­e­fits from geo­ther­mal heat pump un­der­floor heat­ing and re­versible air con­di­tion­ing. The house is sit­u­ated a few min­utes’ walk from a vil­lage which of­fers all shops and ser­vices needed on a day-to-day ba­sis. The tram-train to Nantes is in a neigh­bour­ing vil­lage. beauxvil­lages.com

Near Sal­vagnac Tarn

6 This newly ren­o­vated spa­cious coun­try house, with a heated swim­ming pool and pool house, is set in around two acres of gar­dens. With five bed­rooms and four bath­rooms, the prop­erty of­fers plenty of space and the rooms are well ap­pointed. The new kitchen/din­ing room (25m2) has a wood­burn­ing stove, ex­posed stone walls and an oak beamed ceil­ing. The spa­cious lounge (40m2) opens onto the ter­race and gar­den. The prop­erty is sit­u­ated a few min­utes from the lively town of Gail­lac, and Toulouse-Blagnac air­port is a 45-minute drive away. my-french-house.com

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