SPLASH­ING OUT

Make the most of France’s warm sum­mers by find­ing your dream French home with a swim­ming pool. Stephanie Shel­drake finds out what’s on of­fer

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Mon­ségur Gironde

1There re­ally is no short­age of space with this ele­gant eight-bed­room man­sion house, set in 2.7 hectares of land. In ad­di­tion there are five bath­rooms and three re­cep­tion rooms, mak­ing this prop­erty a po­ten­tial B&B or bou­tique ho­tel. Out­side, beau­ti­fully main­tained gar­dens ex­tend to a river­bank where there is a small pon­toon from which you could launch a lit­tle boat. The prop­erty has its own fish­ing rights, and there is a ter­race and heated salt­wa­ter pool. This grand prop­erty has nu­mer­ous tra­di­tional fea­tures in­clud­ing old stone tiles, wood pan­elling and pe­riod man­tel­pieces. Bordeaux air­port is an hour away. guyen­neim­mo­bilier.co.uk

Par­cay-les-Pins Maine-et-Loire

2 Si­t­u­ated in a small quiet ham­let three kilo­me­tres from the vil­lage of Par­cay-les-Pins, this de­tached pe­riod farm­house of­fers spa­cious liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion with the op­tion of cre­at­ing a gîte in­come from the sep­a­rate an­nex, which has a kitchen/ liv­ing room, shower room and two bed­rooms. The five-bed­room home boasts ex­posed beams and stonework, fire­places and wood-burn­ing stoves, while out­side there are ma­ture gar­dens, out­build­ings in­clud­ing a barn, garage/workshop, a wooden gar­den chalet, and that all-im­por­tant swim­ming pool. His­toric Sau­mur is about half an hour away.

La Comelle Saône-et-Loire

3This

fully ren­o­vated three-bed­room farm­house of­fers light, bright rooms that have been dec­o­rated to a high stan­dard. Set in 2,450m2 of land with a swim­ming pool, it is only five kilo­me­tres from a lively vil­lage with shops and ser­vices. The re­cent ren­o­va­tion work in­cludes a new roof, win­dows, gas heat­ing sys­tem and new kitchen and bath­room. Down­stairs is a large liv­ing room, with ac­cess to a ter­race, din­ing room and fit­ted kitchen, three bed­rooms, a bath­room and toi­let. The up­per level has a large open area of 40m2 pro­vid­ing ex­tra liv­ing space.

€252,000

€550,000

€339,000

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