The West of France is easily accessible from the UK, with an excellent climate. The most popular areas for property in West France are chiefly the Poitou-Charentes and Pays-De-La-Loire.

The West of France is incredibly popular with British expats, given that it has a large number of excellent-value renovation properties. Additionally, 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 on their hunt for property in West France. Its great climate is also a big draw. House prices typically increase westwards, although this region is undoubtedly cheaper than the Dordogne.

There are many renovation properties to be found in Deux-Sèvres.

The Charente is without a doubt very popular with foreign house buyers. Altogether, the area bordering on the Dordogne is undeniably the most attractive, especially as a holiday region with good rental potential. Deux-Sèvres is also 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-Sèvres €67,300 €106,000 €130,000 €135,000 €115,000
Vienne €80,000 €120,000 €139,000 €156,100 €130,000

You’ll find 300 miles of coastline and undeniably beautiful wooded valleys dotted with vineyards. These provide for the most part the grapes for the famous Cognac. There are additionally miles of canals, wetlands and walking trails, so they generally attract canoeists, hikers, cyclists and walkers. Île de Ré (across an inlet from La Rochelle) offers properties with, by and large, excellent rental potential.

The embankment of the river Charente in Saintes - a great town for property in West France

The embankment of the river Charente in Saintes

Getting there

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

Pays-De-La-Loire

This a popular area for property in West France, due to the evidently gorgeous landscape, Loire River and pleasant coastline. Around 20% of all properties in the region are second homes, mainly across the coast. Nantes is the regional capital. It’s also one of the trendiest places for property in West France, since the famous Le Mans is 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 above all lends itself particularly well to gîte tourism. There is a great rental market for property in West France, due to a high volume of tourists in the summer. The wealth of employment opportunities in Nantes also makes the city especially perfect for those looking to work in the Loire. Moreover, it has a pleasantly temperate climate and is only 50km from the coast.

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

Buying a House in France Guide.

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