Limousin Property For Sale
Limousin Property For Sale
Limousin Property For Sale

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Limousin Property For Sale

Wander through narrow cobbled streets of charming, historic hill top towns enjoying the marvellous view of open green countryside as far as the eye can see before sampling the local speciality of ‘clafoutis’ – a delicious dessert of fresh black cherries baked in crepe batter and sometimes flavoured with rum or local brandy; soak up some culture in the national porcelain museum in Limoges which houses a simply outstanding collection of ceramics, pottery, china and glass or take a trip around the Cathedral of St Etienne – a national monument of France and a stunning example of gothic architecture which took over 600 years to complete; enjoy a walk through the countryside of La Creuse - a tranquil landscape of hills and vales, streams and woods - before returning to your traditional stone farmhouse to enjoy a well-deserved chilled beer on your terrace and watch the sun go down over a peaceful valley of green trees. Located in the centre of southern France in a rural region of unspoiled countryside with forest covered hills, open moorlands, tumbling streams and deep lakes, there is an excellent range of Limousin property for sale offering investors the opportunity to become part of the ‘Lake District of France’ and enjoy its unspoiled charm and warm welcome.

Situated mainly in the Massif Central, Limousin is one of the least populated regions of France and one of its traditional provinces with a history reaching right back to Celtic and Roman times. Surrounding the city of Limoges, Limousin is made up of three very different departments - Corrèze, Creuse and Haute-Vienne - each with its own very special charm

Corrèze property for sale

Corrèze is in the south and full of traditional small towns and villages surrounded by beautiful countryside and the upper reaches of the Dordogne River. Its capital is the charming market town of Tulle; nestling on the banks of the Corrèze River and known for its lace production, this is a tranquil town with an historic old centre surrounding a beautiful Gothic and Romanesque cathedral dating from the 12th century.

Creuse property for sale

Occupying about one third of the Limousin region, the Creuse department takes its name from the river that runs through its rolling hills and wooded landscapes. A rural region full of deep lakes, meandering rivers and medieval towns, Creuse is also home to the textile town of Aubusson which is famed worldwide for its fabulous tapestries.

Haute-Vienne property for sale

The capital of the Haute-Vienne department is the town of Limoges. Well known for its porcelain and enamels, the town also has a number of interesting ancient monuments including its Gothic cathedral and the 10th Century crypt of St Martial. Limoges is a bustling and vibrant town full of markets, shops and of course a huge range of restaurants and bars!

Limousin Property

Limousin’s rural idyll and relatively low property costs are proving to be a mecca for savvy investors and Limousin property for sale is becoming an increasingly attractive investment. Whether you are looking for an investment property for holiday rentals, a traditional farmhouse ‘in the middle of nowhere’, a run-down country cottage to renovate or a luxury manor house, Limousin has something to suit all budgets and tastes.

Limousin property for sale in the southern part of the region is the most sought after partly due to its landscape and also its proximity to Dordogne. The Dordogne was one of the first areas of France to appeal to overseas buyers who first started settling there more than 30 years ago but the appeal of lower property prices and living costs in the south of Limousin is now attracting foreign investors looking for value for money properties.

If your dream home is a luxury manor house then Limousin has plenty. Often fortified, they are typically made of stone with steeply pitched red tiled roofs and two chimneys as well as towers giving a very grand appearance. A huge stone gate provides the entrance to a large courtyard and garden with a path leading to the house. These types of properties would be surrounded by a generous amount of land and outbuildings. Prices for manor houses typically start at around €500,000 rising to €800,000 - €900,000 for top end properties.

Traditional Limousin property

Traditional Limousin houses are completely original properties and although made of stone will vary from region from region. For example in the Creuse region grey, pink or ochre granite is mainly used to build traditional houses with schist, Lauze (river flat stones)or slates used for the roofs whereas in the west of the region diversely coloured gneiss (granite-like rock naturally formed at temperatures above 550°c), or red sandstone is used with red tiles on the roofs. Prices vary enormously depending on the size and location and type of property as a traditional house can be a farmhouse with outbuildings in the rural countryside, an elegant townhouse or a charming stone cottage. For example, a renovated stone farmhouse with 3 bedrooms would be in the region of €300,000 whereas a 3 bedroom farmhouse with a cottage and 3 barns in need of total renovation can be bought for around €50,000. There is plenty of Limousin property for sale which needs to be renovated – prices can start as low as €15,000 but for this expect a major renovation project! There are also plenty of barns throughout the region – a partly renovated barn would cost around €65,000 – and would come with a sizeable plot of land.

Whether you decide to buy a luxury manor house set in acres of garden with lakes and fountains, a traditional stone farmhouse with superb views of the surrounding countryside or an old rural barn ripe for conversion, the wide range and standard of Limousin property for sale provides investors with the perfect opportunity to buy property in one of the most rural and tranquil parts of France and enjoy a relaxed and ‘old fashioned’ quality of life. Although the Limousin property market has experienced considerable property price inflation in recent years, it remains competitive with one of the lowest average house prices in France so now is a good time to buy. The combination of the beautiful countryside, the simple life that keeps time with the seasons, the generous and welcoming people and the glorious food makes Limousin a perfect holiday and property investment destination.

Guide to the French Buying Process

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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5 bedroom house for sale, La Celle Dunoise, Creuse, Limousin

5 bedroom house for sale, La Celle Dunoise, Creuse, Limousin
413,400 EUR

5 bedroom house for sale, La Celle Dunoise, Creuse, Limousin

Full of character and charm, this beautiful stone built country house is ideally situated within a quiet countryside location in La Celle Dunoise, just 10 minutes to a large town with all amenities an...

REF: 223126
  • Floor Size: 184 square metres
  • Plot Size: 3,680 square metres (0.37 hectares / 0.91 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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7 bedroom manor house for sale, Saint Dizier Leyrenne, Creuse, Limousin

7 bedroom manor house for sale, Saint Dizier Leyrenne, Creuse, Limousin
434,600 EUR

7 bedroom manor house for sale, Saint Dizier Leyrenne, Creuse, Limousin

Grand and spacious manor house, which is currently being run as a successful gite business, ideally situated within a quiet and peaceful setting in Saint Dizier Leyrenne, within the tranquil Creuse co...

REF: 223121
  • Floor Size: 270 square metres
  • Plot Size: 46,950 square metres (4.70 hectares / 11.60 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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6 bedroom house for sale, Bourganeuf, Creuse, Limousin

6 bedroom house for sale, Bourganeuf, Creuse, Limousin
477,000 EUR

6 bedroom house for sale, Bourganeuf, Creuse, Limousin

Impressive 'Domaine' with a Maison de Maitre and set in almost 9 acres including beautiful parkland, at the end of a country lane and surrounded by beautiful countryside. This stunning proper...

REF: 223097
  • Floor Size: 237 square metres
  • Plot Size: 37,600 square metres (3.76 hectares / 9.29 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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4 bedroom house for sale, Bourganeuf, Creuse, Limousin

4 bedroom house for sale, Bourganeuf, Creuse, Limousin
407,040 EUR

4 bedroom house for sale, Bourganeuf, Creuse, Limousin

Full of character and charm, this stunning stone built 4 bedroom lakeside home is ideally situated in a quiet setting within a large plot of 58,579m2 with a summer kitchen/dining area, swimming pool, ...

REF: 222912
  • Floor Size: 233 square metres
  • Plot Size: 58,579 square metres (5.86 hectares / 14.48 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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7 bedroom manor house for sale, Blond, Haute-Vienne, Limousin

7 bedroom manor house for sale, Blond, Haute-Vienne, Limousin
404,255 EUR

7 bedroom manor house for sale, Blond, Haute-Vienne, Limousin

Magnificent , grand and spacious 14th Century stone built former convent, ideally situated within the charming village of Blond. This unique historical property is currently being operated as ...

REF: 222824
  • Floor Size: 300 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,545 square metres (0.15 hectares / 0.38 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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11 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Bourganeuf, Creuse, Limousin

11 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Bourganeuf, Creuse, Limousin
510,000 EUR

11 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Bourganeuf, Creuse, Limousin

An impressive and income generating property in the heart of the Limousin countryside. This successful business complex including a campsite offering 27 level plots, a beautiful 8 bedroom git...

REF: 222749
  • Floor Size: 450 square metres
  • Plot Size: 21,000 square metres (2.10 hectares / 5.19 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 11
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27 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bourganeuf, Creuse, Limousin

27 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bourganeuf, Creuse, Limousin
1,387,000 EUR

27 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bourganeuf, Creuse, Limousin

An interesting and nicely renovated historic French Chateau in the Limousin, with over 1,000m2 of living space and over 13 acres of land. With a total of 27 bedrooms, the property was built...

REF: 222745
  • Floor Size: 1,066 square metres
  • Plot Size: 54,895 square metres (5.49 hectares / 13.57 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 27
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6 bedroom house for sale, Saint Mathieu, Haute-Vienne, Limousin

6 bedroom house for sale, Saint Mathieu, Haute-Vienne, Limousin
1,490,000 EUR

6 bedroom house for sale, Saint Mathieu, Haute-Vienne, Limousin

Charming Provencal style 6 bedroom villa, ideally situated in a quiet setting within Cannes back-country in Saint Mathieu, set on a mature landscaped garden of 6,800m2 with a swimming pool and lovely...

REF: 222282
  • Floor Size: 290 square metres
  • Plot Size: 6,800 square metres (0.68 hectares / 1.68 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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Stunning French Chateau for sale with 8 bedrooms in the Limousin

Stunning French Chateau for sale with 8 bedrooms in the Limousin
750,000 EUR

Stunning French Chateau for sale with 8 bedrooms in the Limousin

Fully renovated eight bedroom chateau with heated in ground pool in the centre of historic Chalus. Plantagenet Manor is a beautiful eight bedroom chateau with an in-ground all season heated Ro...

REF: 222089
  • Plot Size: 4,000 square metres (0.40 hectares / 0.99 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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11 bedroom house for sale, Ambazac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin

11 bedroom house for sale, Ambazac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin
583,000 EUR

11 bedroom house for sale, Ambazac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin

Unique opportunity to acquire a collection of properties, stables and 60 acres of land with lakes, near the village of Ambazac. There is revenue to be made from outdoor pursuits, a restaurant, ...

REF: 221723
  • Floor Size: 0 square metres
  • Plot Size: 240,000 square metres (24.00 hectares / 59.31 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 11
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