Want to surround yourself with beauty and buy property in one of France’s “most beautiful villages”? Here are five suggestions to kick-start your search.
There are more than 150 villages in France that are part of the country’s “most beautiful villages” collection. Here are five of some of the most popular along with recommendations of properties for sale in each location.
- Domme, Dordogne, Aquitaine
Domme, situated in the Périgord Noir, is one of the most sought-after bastide towns by those looking to buy property in France.
It is positioned above the Dordogne river offering stunning views of the Dordogne countryside. Stone gateways and small turrets make up some of the town’s beautiful architectural features and there are plenty of 13th century buildings to admire, especially near the caves – the “grottes de Domme” – which are one of the area’s most popular attractions.
Charming stone village property in Domme
This pretty five-bedroom home is a good example of how much you can get for your money in France at the moment. Priced at just €720,000, this property has been completely restored and is positioned in the heart of one of the most popular villages in the country.
This property – which is also air conditioned – combines traditional and modern life within walking distance of local amenities. It offers a warm, country cottage feel inside and a spacious landscaped garden outside, along with a swimming pool, terrace and spa area. A viewing is highly recommended.
- Gordes, Vaucluse, Provence
The area where Peter Mayle set his many books, the Luberon is probably the most famous part of Provence of which Gordes is one of the most coveted villages.
A location famed for its beautiful hilltop villages, wonderful scenery, sites of interest, superb food, glorious weather and spectacular lavender fields, Gordes, and some of the surrounding villages, are in high demand.
17th century restored home in Gordes
Neutral, contemporary interiors over two floors and traditional Provençal exteriors give this magnificent property its unique charm, which is located at the foot of the village of Gordes.
Lush mature gardens, traditional stone walls and a sleek modern swimming pool make this home a stunning place for summer dining. Inside, a home cinema helps to make the entertainment all year round. Further highlights include a guest apartment and a barn that is ready for development.
This property is on the market for €1,370,000.
- Puycelsi, Tarn, Languedoc-Roussillon
Founded in the 10th century, this village is famous for its 14th century ramparts, 15th century castle and old traditional houses that were built during the 15th and 16th century. It is set upon a rocky plateau overlooking the Grésigne Forest and offers magnificent views of the local countryside.
Unusually this village is also home to a centre for ancient fruit and wine varieties which looks after over 750 fruit trees. Guided tours and the purchasing of this produce is an attraction for many foodies visiting the area.
Eight-bedroom property in Puycelsi
Situated within Gaillac AOP wine country, this grand six-bedroom property is just 40 minutes from Albi and five minutes’ drive from the town of Puycelsi. An 1850’s château, which has been beautifully restored, it is set in 3.8 hectares of grounds with a pool and guest cottage.
Tall ceilings and original features inside mean this house has retained its original elegance, which is continued outside by the ivy-clad walls, weeping willow and expansive gardens.
A swimming pool and two-bedroom guest house, and possible expansion into loft space, make this a must-view proposition for a family looking to buy property in South West France. It is priced at €1,100,000.
- Roussillon, Vaucluse, Provence
While many villages in Vaucluse offer their own unique version of Provence, one not to be missed is Roussillon. Once part of the seabed, large, striking ochre cliffs make the approach to the town instantly recognisable – as is Roussillon itself, with its red, orange and yellow stone buildings. Unique and exceptional, a trip to Roussillon is an unforgettable experience.
Stunning Provençal home
This stunning six-bedroom property is located on the edge of a hamlet in Roussillon to offer a breath-taking view of the Luberon and Vaucluse mountains. Set over three levels, each room is white, bright and airy while outdoors offers pretty terraces, mature gardens, palm trees and a glorious swimming pool area.
A charming home which also has two independent studios – perfect for accommodating friends and family – it is priced at €1,950,000.
- Yvoire, Haute-Savoie, French Alps
Not far from the property hotspot of Thonon-les-Bains on Lake Geneva, Yvoire is a fortified medieval village that is nicknamed “gem of the lake”. Must-dos include visiting the Garden of Five Senses, which is located in the centre, and the village’s iconic castle. Sampling some of the local seafood, which is served to a high standard in this old fishing village, is also not to be missed.
Large and luscious lakeside home
Positioned in one of the most prestigious locations of Lake Geneva, or Lac Leman, this splendid five-bedroom property has been designed with luxury in mind. Large bedrooms, spacious open plan entertainment areas and an enormous wellbeing area with gym, sauna, hammam and Jacuzzi make spending time indoors nothing but pleasurable.
Outside, the theme continues with a vast, sweeping swimming pool and huge summer terrace with outdoor kitchen, meaning that entertaining all summer long, amidst manicured grounds, is as relaxing and easy as possible.
At €2,380,000 this property will not be on the market for long.
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