“For such a beautiful region, Languedoc offers some of the best value in France, with the average property costing just £161,000, compared with £517,000 on the Riviera,” says Catherine Ryall, of Sextant Properties. Shop around and in market towns, such as Le Vigan, you will find quirky properties in need of renovation for £100,000 or less. On the market:
5“People are starting to recognise the value we have to offer in Nova Scotia,” says Tim Harris, of Tradewinds Realty. This likeable corner of Canada can feel a long way from city excitements. But for those who relish pristine scenery and subtly changing seasons, it offers an affordable alternative to a villa in the sun. On the market: stunning threebedroom architect-designed waterfront property (pictured, bottom centre) at Port Medway, Nova Scotia: £523,000 with Tradewinds Realty (tradewindsrealty.com).
9Despite political turbulence in Bangkok, Thailand remains attractive to British visitors. You can rent a two-bedroom condo in a pretty coastal location for less than £750 a month. If you are still up to riding around on a moped, you could have a ball here. Koh Samui is particularly popular, with more than 40,000 foreigners applying for retirement visas last year. On the market: four-bedroom villa on the Samujana estate (samujana. com) on Koh Samui: £1.1million.