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Income Producing 9 bedroom Chateau for sale in Saint Macaire du Bois, Pays de la Loire
Ref 248601
Delightful Loire manor house with gites set in almost an acre of land, with pool and successful income stream, Situated in the lovely village of Saint Macaire du Bois, this property is perfectly po...
1,190,000 EUR
7 bedroom Manor House for sale with countryside view with Income Potential in La Rochelle, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248581
Charming character property for sale between La Rochelle and the Marais Poitevin, with 7 bedrooms and swimming pool, set in lovely mature grounds. This beautiful residence, typically Aunisian, wa...
985,000 EUR
Spacious 8 bedroom Farmhouse for sale with countryside view in Lauzun, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248526
Delightful and generous country property in a quiet location, just 10 minutes drive from the town of Eymet in an elevated position with open views of the surrounding countryside. The 8 bedroom pr...
598,500 EUR
Renovated 9 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in La Rochelle, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248514
Delightful Nineteenth Century chateau in Benon, not far from La Rochelle it once served as the country retreat of the Delmas family, esteemed ship owners from La Rochelle. Nestled discreetly amid...
1,590,000 EUR
Authentic 3 bedroom Manor House for sale with countryside view in Le Bar sur Loup, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 248461
Grand, spacious and full of character and charm, is this magnificent property, which is emblematic of the village of Le Bar Sur Loup. It was originally a monastery that was later transformed into...
1,950,000 EUR
10 bedroom Manor House for sale with countryside view with Income Potential in Lauzun, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248457
Nestled amidst the serene countryside of Lauzun, this excellent estate embodies the epitome of refined living. Boasting a total of 10 bedrooms and 15 rooms across its 540m2, this property offers am...
842,500 EUR
Income Producing 13 bedroom Farmhouse for sale with countryside view in Villereal, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248448
Charming property in a dominant position comprising a main house and 5 independent dwellings. Currently used as gites, this property offers great potential for tourism. Situated at the end of a q...
1,266,000 EUR
Character 6 bedroom Manor House for sale with countryside view in Nogaro, Occitanie
Ref 248444
Charming manoire nestled within a historic vineyard estate in Gers countryside. This prestigious 400 m2 residence sits gracefully on a sprawling 16 acre property, offering an unmatched living ex...
695,000 EUR
Grand 13 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Lussac, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248440
Beautifully renovated chateau within easy reach of Limoges within a quiet setting near Cussac, in the heart of wooded parkland of more than 5 acres. This charming and completely renovated propert...
892,500 EUR
Income Producing 10 bedroom Manor House for sale in Escamps, Occitanie
Ref 248439
Impressive character property dating back to before the Seventeenth Century in the heart of a lively village on the Causse de Limogne. The 5 bedroom manoire has been beautifully renovated to offe...
488,000 EUR
Character 5 bedroom Manor House for sale in Auvers sur Oise, Paris Ile de France
Ref 248428
A rare opportunity to purchase a unique 19th century manoire and barn built at the highest point of Montcel in Auvers-sur-Oise, where the Impressionist artists found inspiration and a town that wil...
1,575,000 EUR
Income Producing Estate for sale with countryside view in Tourtour, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 248371
In excellent condition is this fabulous luxury Manor House nestling in 53 hectares of glorious land with vineyard, enjoying far reaching countryside views from its location near Tourtour. Situat...
7,504,000 EUR
Spacious 5 bedroom Manor House for sale in Bordeaux, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248335
Rare opportunity to acquire a magnificent 5 bedroom stone property with pool, ideally located near the "Jardin Public" and the "Place des Quinconces" in Bordeaux. With a surface area of approxima...
5,460,000 EUR
Spacious 6 bedroom House for sale with countryside view in Velines, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248293
Stunning 6 bedroom 16th Century stone built manor house, which is ideally situated within a quiet setting close to Bordeaux/St Emilion/Bergerac. With its origins dating back to 1678, this histori...
950,000 EUR
Quiet 9 bedroom House for sale with panoramic view and countryside view in Lesparre Medoc, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248268
Charming and spacious 9 bedroom property, set within around 15 hectares of land, located in a quiet setting in Lesparre Medoc. Features include a manor house of 450m2 with a total of 8 bedrooms a...
1,800,000 EUR
Character 5 bedroom Manor House for sale with countryside view in Bruges, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248239
Set within 1,395m2 of mature wooded grounds, which are a haven of peace and quiet, yet very close to the centre of Bruges and the tramway, this lovely manor house style property has a spacious livi...
871,500 EUR
Character 9 bedroom Chateau for sale with lake or river view in Thouars, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248151
Impressive 9 bedroom manor house, situated in a quiet setting by the river Thouet. In need of renovating, yet currently habitable, this fantastic project is situated just 30 minutes from beautifu...
448,000 EUR
Exclusive 6 bedroom Manor House for sale with countryside view in Montauroux, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Ref 248127
Magnificent 16th Century stone built property, with a bright and spacious living area of over 500m2, plus various annexes. This superb property has been entirely renovated using prestigious noble...
2,750,000 EUR
Character 7 bedroom Manor House for sale with countryside view in Charroux, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248114
Dating from the mid 18th Century, this stunning 6 bedroom manor house is situated right in the heart of the vibrant and historic town of Charroux. Set on the top of a hill and with stunning views...
499,790 EUR
Exclusive 5 bedroom Estate for sale with countryside view in Saint Emilion, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248063
Beautiful 5 bedroom stone built Girondine house, with a living area of approximately 300m2, which offers top-of-the-range services, located in a quiet setting in Saint Emilion. It is difficult not...
2,362,500 EUR

Area Guide

Soak up the morning sunshine rays whilst enjoying an al fresco breakfast on the terrace of your newly renovated French manoir or manor house nestling deep in the rolling hills of the Dordogne countryside; take a leisurely stroll through the ancient olive groves and trees bursting with ripe oranges and lemons surrounding your 16th Century stone manoir and enjoy the fabulous views of distant hazy mountains and a hint of sparkling blue sea; enjoy a relaxing afternoon messing around in boats on your own private lake before returning to your stylish French manoir for a chilled glass of champagne whilst watching the sun set through the dark green pine trees of the surrounding forest. Mostly located in beautiful locations, there is a wide range of French manoirs for sale throughout France providing investors with a very real opportunity of owning a property that has instant caché whether it is a stylishly renovated 18th Century stone manoir sitting in acres of woodland, a more rustic 16th Century manoir complete with traditional wooden beams and stone floors or a charming modern manor house surrounded by landscaped gardens and rolling green lawns.

A French manoir or manor house was a strongly fortified manor-house, which may include two sets of enclosing walls, drawbridges, and a ground-floor hall or salle basse that was used to receive peasants and commoners. The salle basse was also the location of the manor court, with the steward or lord of the manor’s seating location often marked by the presence of a crédence de justice or wall-cupboard (shelves built into the stone walls to hold documents and books associated with administration of the demesne or droit de justice). The salle haute or upper-hall, reserved for the lord of the manor and where he received his high-ranking guests, was often accessible by an external spiral staircase. It was common to "open" up to the roof trusses, as in similar English homes. This larger and more finely decorated hall was usually located above the ground-floor hall. The lord of the manor and his family's private chambers were often located off of the upper first-floor hall, and invariably had their own fireplace (with finely decorated chimney-piece) and frequently a latrine. In addition to having both lower and upper halls, many French manoirs also had partly fortified gateways, watchtowers, and enclosing walls that were fitted with arrow or gun loops for added protection. These defensive arrangements allowed these French manoirs to be safe from any local uprisings or armed rebellions which often happened during the troubled times of the Hundred Years War and the wars of the Holy League; however it would have been difficult for them to resist a siege undertaken by a regular army equipped with siege engines.

The traditional French manoir is nowadays a very sought-after type of property both as a second home and for holiday rentals and across France there is a healthy supply of French manoirs for sale. The larger properties – those with five bedrooms or more - offer excellent opportunities for holiday rental income with some having been converted into individual apartments or operating as a ‘bed and breakfast’.

There is a wide variety of styles and locations throughout the whole of France and prices range from around 350,000 EUR to over 2m EUR for the very top end of the market. Tucked away between the Pyrenees and the Loire Valley is the beautiful region of the Dordogne. Named after the river that runs through it, the region is home to truffles, foie gras, peppery Bergerac red wine and fabulous hiking and biking scenery. There are French manoirs for sale in the heart of this region overlooking tranquil valleys and secluded woodland. All renovated to a very high standard but retaining original features - some with additional guest accommodation and swimming pools - they offer superb accommodation for families and/or holiday rentals. Moving more south west to Gascony, the region of sunflowers and gently rolling hills, medieval bastide towns and classic French farmhouses, vineyards and typical French country restaurants, all set against the dramatic backdrop of the Pyrénées mountains. The elegant manoirs of Gascony are grand residences usually dating from the 18th and 19th century but designed on a more intimate scale than the Chateaux, often for landowners who lived from agricultural rents. Most are very symmetrical with grand entrances and hallways, sweeping wooden staircases, high ceilings and tall windows with either exterior or interior shutters. Distinctly different – Brittany’s northern border of beautiful jagged coastline and golden sandy beaches gives way to a mysterious, spell-binding land of myths and legends brimming with meandering canals and rivers, romantic chateaux and charming, picturesque towns. Here the manoirs are varied in style; choose a 15th Century renovated stone manoir set in acres of parkland resplendent with its great hall adorned with granite fireplaces, wooden floors and spiral staircases or an elegant 18th Century manoir with its beautiful original entrance hall with wood panelling, original decorative tiled floor and ceiling rose and polished parquet flooring, wood panelling and decorative tiled floors throughout.

French manoirs are special; evoking the traditions and romance of a bygone era yet providing all the convenience and luxury of modern day living, they are becoming increasingly popular as an investment both as a residence and also as holiday rental accommodation. There are French manoirs for sale throughout the whole of France and for the wise investor, these properties can provide an excellent investment opportunity.

Buying a Property in France

1. Signing the Agreement (Compris)

On finding a property you wish to purchase you will need to negotiate the terms, price and conditions of the sale with the owner.

The next step, once you are in agreement, is to sign the preliminary contract (Compromis de Vente). This is a legal document and after ten days will be binding on both parties. Rules change frequently in France and it is best to consult with your notary about when this period starts. Generally the compris will be signed in France with the Agent.

Variants can be included in the compris, for example an Acte (clause) can be added if the name or names to go on the title deed have not been finalised. If a mortgage will be required to purchase the property, the details for this, including the name of the mortgage company, must be on the compris.

2. Paying the Deposit

Generally the deposit will be 10% of the agreed purchase price. This will normally be paid to the notaire. There are exceptions to this, if the agent holds a carte professionelle, is bonded and fully registered then you may pay them, but do not hand over the deposit to anyone else. If for some reason the purchase does not go through, for example, if you write to the notaire and the agent that you do not wish to go continue with the purchase before the contract is binding (within seven days of signing the compris), then your deposit would be repaid. This would also apply if a condition had not been met, or the mayor or S.A.F.E.R. (a government agency that has the right of first purchase on most rural property that comes onto the market in France) could oblige the purchaser to give way. If you decide after the seven days 'cooling off' period that you do not wish to complete the purchase and pull out of the sale you would lose your deposit. If however the vendor pulls out of the sale then you will receive your deposit back plus the same amount from the vendor.

3. On Completion

Generally it will take around two or three months to complete the purchase.

During this time the balance of the purchase money must be paid into the account of the notaire, this must be done well ahead of the completion date. The notaire will prepare the documents, check that the deed of sale (Acte de Vente) is in order and have the legal title ready to be signed over. It is possible to have someone sign on your behalf if you give them power of attorney. An interpreter may be of use at this point if your French is not very good and many Notaires will suggest (or insist) that an interpreter is with you.

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