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
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
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
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.