The West of France is easily accessible from the UK, with an excellent climate. The most popular areas tend to be Poitou-Charentes and Pays-De-La-Loire

The West of France is incredibly popular with British expats, with a large number of excellent value renovation properties proving to be an attractive draw. It offers easy access from airports, and a wide variety in its landscape.

Poitou-Charentes

This a very popular area with British expats looking for countryside, coastline and ambiance. This is an excellent area, with a great climate. House prices typically increase westwards, although this region is cheaper than the Dordogne.

There are many renovation properties to be found in Deux Sevres

The Charente is very popular with foreign house buyers, and the area bordering on the Dordogne is probably the most attractive, especially as a holiday region with good rental potential. The area of Deux Sevres is worth a look, with many renovation properties to be found here.

Department 2 bedrooms 3 bedrooms 4 bedrooms 5 bedrooms Average price overall
Charente €70,800 €105,000 €126,800 €150,000 €110,000
Charente-Maritime   €139,300 €168,000 €185,400 €219,000 €175,000
Deux-Sevres €67,300 €106,000 €130,000 €135,000 €115,000
Vienne €80,000 €120,000 €139,000 €156,100 €130,000

This is a solid area, with 300 miles of coastline and beautiful wooded valleys dotted with vineyards that provide the grapes for the famous Cognac. There are miles of canals, wetlands and walking trails that attract canoeists, hikers, cyclists and the walkers. Ile de Re (across an inlet from La Rochelle) offers properties with excellent rental potential.

The embankment of the river Charente in Saintes

The embankment of the river Charente in Saintes

Getting there

Air France flies from Gatwick to Nantes, while Ryanair flies to Tour, La Rochelle, Angouleme and Poitiers from Stansted. British Airways flies to Nantes from Heathrow, and EasyJet, Ryanair, Aer Arann, Jet2 and Flybe all fly to La Rochelle.

 

Pays-De-La-Loire

This a popular area for second homes, thanks to the gorgeous landscape, Loire River and pleasant coastline. Around 20% of all properties in the region are second homes, mainly across the coast. Nantes, the regional capital, is one of the trendiest places to live in the country, with the famous Le Mans situated nearby.

There is a great rental market, thanks to a high volume of tourists in the summer

The landscape of forests, small towns and villages dotted along the Loire’s river lends itself particularly well to gîte tourism. There is a great rental market, thanks to a high volume of tourists in the summer. The wealth of employment opportunities in Nantes makes the city perfect for those looking to work in the Loire. It has a temperate climate and is just over 50km from the coast. Average house prices:

Department 2 bedrooms 3 bedrooms 4 bedrooms 5 bedrooms Average price overall
Loire-Atlantique €144,500 €180,000 €205,000 €245,900 €197,000
Maine-et-Loire €95,000 €125,300 €155,000 €180,000 €150,000
Mayenne €67,100 €84,000 €115,000 €149,500 €105,000
Sarthe €80,000 €110,000 €134,500 €160,000 €125,000
Vendee €115,000 €135,000 €155,000 €170,000 €140,000

Getting there

Air France and Flybe fly from Gatwick to Nantes, and Flybe also flies from Southampton to Angers. Ryanair flies to Tours, La Rochelle and Poitiers from Stansted, and from Bournemouth, Dublin, East Midlands, Liverpool and Shannon to Nantes. British Airways flies to Nantes from Heathrow, and Aer Arann flies from Cork to Nantes.

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