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France is still a rich hunting ground for affordable property, and that does not just mean

a romantic wreck. By Liz Rowlinson

WHERE TO BUY IN FRANCE

Properties under €60K

France is full of

wonderfully

affordable

property from

Brittany in the

northwest to the

Auvergne in the southern half

of the country. For anyone

seeking a rural home full of

character, it's surprising just

how far your money can go

today.

Forget finding an old cow

shed or tumbledown barn;

it's perfectly possible to find

a cute little cottage on the

edge of a lovely village, ready

to move into, or let out. But

where to look?

Starting with the most

accessible corner of France,

take a look at parts of the

northwest, says Lisa Greene,

regional coordinator of the

Grand Ouest that includes

Brittany, Normandy, and Pays

de la Loire: "Of course, inland

areas are less expensive,

with Central Brittany, Orne,

Lower Manche and Mayenne

in particular. Locations

away from larger towns

are where bargains are to

be found and are ideal for

second homeowners seeking

peaceful holidays."

But there are also vast

swathes of central France

that are rich hunting grounds

for those with €60k burning

a hole in their pocket. "In

general, the Limousin has the

cheapest property in France,

and within the Limousin,

the Creuse is the cheapest

department," says Kevin

Andrews, who looks after

most of the region, as well

as nearby Indre, Cher, Allier,

Auvergne, and Cantal.

"Prices in the Creuse can

be 10 percent less than in the

neighbouring Haute Vienne

and up to 40 percent cheaper

than similar properties in

better-known areas such as

the southern Dordogne and

the Charente Maritime."

He says do not be

tempted to buy a house with

a lot of land, unless you need

it for something specific

like horses, just because it

is very affordable. "Not only

will the land need a lot of

maintenance, but the location

may be too remote - and not

ideal if you want to become

part of a local community or

to run gîtes or B&B."

Look at being within

reasonable striking distance

of facilities and travel links.

"Limoges airport is well

served from the UK, and the

drive from the channel ports

to the area is around seven

hours: the limit of an easy

day's drive. I also chose to

live in the Limousin because

it offers a warmer climate

than regions further north,"

he says.

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