Prop­er­ties of the month

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Homes to suit all tastes across France

1. Heart of Provence

Half­way be­tween the tourist hotspot of Aix-en-provence and the turquoise wa­ters of the Gorges du Ver­don is a 1.8-acre hill­side gar­den full of olive trees and pines. In its midst is this charm­ing four-bed­room house with beau­ti­ful Provençal views, ter­ra­cotta floors and a pool edged with laven­der. There’s a stone pool house, garage with work­shop, pri­vate well and plenty of park­ing space, all just 2.5km from a vil­lage. The prop­erty is be­ing sold pri­vately for €490,000 or a very near of­fer. Tel: 0033 (0)7 82 64 60 54

2. Ski­ing by the beach

Seek­ing a ski re­sort you can en­joy in sum­mer? The vil­lage of Thol­lon­les-mémises has 50km of piste, yet is only a short drive from the beaches of Lake Geneva. Within 20 min­utes you can be in Evian­les-bains, with its out­door pools, wa­ter­sports, in­ter­na­tional golf course, fine restau­rants, the­atre and spa. Brand new apart­ments in the chalet apart­ment build­ing Rho­dos, 500m from the ski lift, start at €79,900 for a 23m2 stu­dio with bal­cony or €174,000 for a two-bed­room apart­ment. Tel: 07769 616160 alpine­prop­er­ty­

3. Barn near bastides

If you like open-plan homes with lofty ceil­ings and char­ac­ter you will love this beau­ti­ful barn con­ver­sion in south-west France. Be­tween the bastide towns of Mon­ségur in Gironde and Duras in Lot-et-garonne, it is built round a huge two-storey liv­ing room open to the roof. Off this are a sit­ting room, kitchen-diner and ground­floor bed­room with shower room. Up­stairs, off the gal­leried land­ing, are four bed­rooms and two shower rooms. There is am­ple space for a pool. The asking price is €275,000. Tel: 0033 (0)5 53 93 49 71 cler­

4. City and coun­try

Soak up all the ben­e­fits of rural south-west France while still be­ing able to do day trips to Paris. That’s pos­si­ble from this four-bed­room house near Ro­magne in Vi­enne, on the mar­ket for €265,000. It’s less than 45 min­utes from the city of Poitiers from where high-speed trains can reach Paris in as lit­tle as 1h24. Yet it’s also in peace­ful coun­try­side and comes with over an acre of land, a barn, garage, shed and pool. Three of the bed­rooms are en­suite and there is also a con­ser­va­tory and cel­lar. Tel: 0033 (0)5 49 01 76 55 ar­gusim­mo­

5. Land­mark restau­rant

Bon ap­pétit! This half-tim­bered bar-restau­rant with one-bed­room apart­ment in the vil­lage of Nan­teuil-en-val­lée in Char­ente prob­a­bly gets pho­tographed even more than the church op­po­site. It was ren­o­vated to meet modern cater­ing stan­dards in 2013, but the owner is now re­tir­ing and has put it on the mar­ket for €371,000. It has three restau­rant rooms, a re­cep­tion/bar area, pro­fes­sional kitchen, small bou­tique, one-bed apart­ment, out­build­ing and cel­lar. Tel: 08700 11 51 51 legget­

6. Jazzy project

It already has a new roof. Now this old farm­house in Gers needs a new owner to take on the rest of it. You will need to spend quite a bit more than the €99,000 price tag but with hard graft and imag­i­na­tion, this could be a sen­sa­tional four or fivebed­room coun­try house just 15 min­utes from the in­ter­na­tional jazz fes­ti­val vil­lage of Mar­ciac. It comes with sta­bles, a huge open barn, horse boxes and bird­house, all set in 3,622m² of land with the pos­si­bil­ity of buy­ing more. Tel: 0871 717 4109 le-bon­

7. Dream with a stream

An idyl­lic coun­try home in Char­ente-mar­itime with swim­ming pool and a stream at the bot­tom of the gar­den – what more could you wish for? This charm­ing house 4km from Matha, north of Co­gnac, is just as fresh and lovely in­side as out, the white walls a per­fect back­drop for the ex­posed beams and stone features. On the mar­ket for €284,000, the house has four bed­rooms and three bath­rooms and is set on a 3,603m2 plot of ma­ture gar­den. Tel: 00 33 (0)5 45 32 62 79 char­ente-im­mo­

8. Dor­dogne bolt­hole

Sweet and un­fussy, this two-bed­room cot­tage less than 10 min­utes’ drive from the pretty vil­lage of Au­beterre-surDronne would make a great lock-up-and-leave hol­i­day home for just €99,000. Sit­ting in a flat 786m2 gar­den, it en­joys a peace­ful ham­let lo­ca­tion, yet is close to bars, restau­rants and the boulan­gerie. Berg­erac air­port is an hour away as is the main­line train sta­tion of An­goûleme with its fast links to Paris and Bordeaux. Tel: 0800 270 0101 beauxvil­

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