Written by Roseanne Bradley,
13th April 2023

A whopping two thirds of aspiring buyers in France surveyed last year told us they were interested in a house or cottage in the French countryside.

And why wouldn’t you? The French countryside is absolutely beautiful.

Typically, rural France means ‘south of the Loire’, but while many like the idea of country life, they don’t want to be isolated or completely remote. However, if you are interested in remote towns and villages, let us know. I’m sure we could whip something up on remote France.

For those dabbling with the idea of buying in the French countryside, here are 10 properties on the market right now for you to browse, enquire about or just be inspired by. It’s always good to see what’s available before you start looking for your own property. And who knows, one of these quaint cottages or spacious farmhouses could be your forever home.

These properties are listed in no particular order, so make sure to read all the way through, there might be a surprise/bargain to be found near the end.

Longère for sale in Poitou-Charentes

1. Traditional longère in Saint Coutant, Poitou-Charentes

A longère is a narrow dwelling, like a farmhouse that’s typically longer than it is wide. Case in point, this charming home in Saint Coutant, Poitou Charentes. This beautiful stone property had three bedrooms and is a private property that’s part of a small hamlet close to a local town. There you’ll find all amenities and shops. This property has sloping gardens which provide an ample backdrop to the surrounding French countryside. It’s current owners have taken good care of the gardens and it has ponds for fish and wildlife, plus a vegetable garden.

Price: €329,900

Where? Saint-Coutant, Poitou-Charentes

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Cottage for sale in Cherval, Aquitaine

2. Pretty stone cottage in Aquitaine

It’s no secret that Aquitaine is the beating heart of rural France. It’s where I’d move if I was after somewhere to enjoy the beautiful French countryside without being too remote and away from essential amenities and services. This sweet cottage is priced at an affordable €225,000 and I doubt will be on the market for long. It’s close to the lively village of Verteillac and has three bedrooms, expansive gardens and an in-ground pool to the rear. Oh, and it had a workshop/laundry room which could easily be converted into an office, workspace or even a craft room.

Price: €225,000

Where? Cherval, Aquitaine

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Rouillac home for sale

3. Charming home on village outskirts, Rouillac

Rouillac is a commune in the department of Charente, it’s a beautiful area with several notable chateaux. This two-bedroom rural home sits on the outskirts of the village where there’s a local market, shops, and a few restaurants. The property is largely open-plan and comes with a mature garden, private pool and lovely views of the surrounding landscapes.

Price? €239,900

Where? Rouillac, Poitou-Charentes

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Beautiful 15th-centruy stone property near the River Auvignon

4. 15th-century farmhouse in Montagnac-sur-Auvignon

If it’s a home with character you’re after, look no further. This stunning property in Montagnac-sur-Auvignon dates back to the 15th century and has been beautifully renovated to retain its rural charm. This stone property houses five bedrooms and two bathrooms. Outside there are landscaped gardens, a large swimming pool, terrace with an outdoor kitchen and a tennis court with floodlights. The property is completely private and has no near neighbours. The home sits on the edge of an ancient forest which runs alongside the River Auvignon. The riverside town of Nerac is 12 minute drive away and larger town of Agen is 20 minutes away.

Price? €650,000

Where? Montagnac-sur-Auvignon, Lot-et-Garonne

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Country home for sale near Eymet, Aquitaine

5. Hilltop home with amazing country views, Eymet

Anyone who’s ever research country towns and villages in France has heard of Eymet. It’s a small, but very beautiful town in the Dordogne wiith a vibrant atmosphere and welcoming locals. There’s even a growing expat community in Eymet, so much so, they have set up a cricket club! Learn more here.

Back to the property… this four-bedroom hilltop home is just 7 minutes from Eymet and 20 from larger Bergerac, where there’s also an airport. This home has a stunning interior, with high ceilings, a huge kitchen and wooden beams throughout. It certainly has charm and would suit either a family or couples putting together to purchase a holiday home. The lot also features a basement with ample storage, a workshop, a stone barn and an outdoor terrace.

Price? €455,800

Where? Eymet, Aquitaine

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Home for sale in Romagne, Vienne

6. Characterful farmhouse in Romagne, Vienne

Price? €164,000

Where? Romagne, Vienne

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Townhouse in Aubterre-sur-Dronne with seated outdoor area

7. Elegant townhouse in Aubterre-sur-Drone

This stone farmhouse lies just a few minutes outside the countryside town of Romagne, which is full of character. The property has two bedrooms and one bathroom and has been recently renovated to enhance its charm and functionality. This home has a small, lawned garden and there’s a larger plot opposite the home which would be perfect for growing your own fruit and veg. There’s also a large barn attached to the home which is ideal for storage.

Price? €380,000

Where? Aubterre-sur-Dronne, Charente

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Five-bedroom country farmhouse in Montcaret, Dordogne

8. Perigourdine farmhouse with vineyard views, Moncaret, Dordogne

This south-facing farmhouse is an absolute dream. With views of nearby vineyards and  your 3.9 acres of woodland, this property would make a charming holiday home (which is what it’s currently in use as) or a forever home for those looking to settle down in rural France. It has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, an outdoor pool and a Nordic hot tub!

Price? €498,200

Where? Moncaret, Dordogne

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Home in Montcaret, Poitou-Charentes for sale

9. Charming village home in Maisontiers, Poitou-Charentes

This sweet home in Maisontiers, France is in a small village about 8 minutes outside of medieval town of Airvault. This property is made up of two homes, the larger has two bedrooms and 1 bathroom/WC and the smaller would need renovating, but subject to planning permission could be whatever you want it to be.

Price? €145,000

Where? Maisontiers, Poitou-Charentes

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Modern converted barn property in Aquitaine

10. Spectacular barn conversion with large garden and stunning country views

This home is one word: spectacular. Located in a small hamlet, minutes from essential shops and amenities, this five-bedroom home is truly impressive. It comes with 7 hectares of land, on which there’s already an built-in pool. decked area and outdoor seating area. Inside, the house has retained its farmhouse charm while being practical and functional for the 21st century. If you love to cook, the open-plan kitchen-living area is great for entertaining. There’s also a gym room, a ‘snug’ living room and a elongated dining room that looks out onto the beautiful French countryside.

Price? €530,000

Where? Thiviers, Aquitaine

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These homes are truly gorgeous, so I don’t expect them to be on the market for long. If that’s a concern and you’re interested in one of them, make an enquiry today on Your Overseas Home.

Alternatively, head to our French Property Portal to find your very own home in rural France. There’s thousands to choose from. Happy home hunting!

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