Hello France…Real Estate Reality or Dream?

Before the Craziness of Real Life Fell in Our Laps, We were Looking at Buying a House in France.

Testing the Real Estate Waters to See if This Was Feasible or Just a Pipe Dream.

So I Did a Quick Search.  With a Max Budget of $50,000, Could We Find a House in France?

An Old House for 4.  Almost Move-In Ready.  With Charm and Character.  Sitting in a Quaint Village.

I Imagined Home Schooling the Girls.  We All Would Learn French.  We Would Work from Home.


What Do You Think…Is This Possible?


The Short Answer is Yes.


But Then Scary Hospital Stays and Doctors and Treatment and Life Fell Down Around Us.


Even Our June Trip to France Flew Out the Window.  And With No Travel Insurance…Adding Insult to Injury.  Read About it Here.


So France is On-Hold.  Hold On France.  Hopefully We Will Be Coming.

And With That in Mind…I Keep Looking for that Magical House in France.

Here are My Latest Finds…Do Any Appeal to You?


HOUSE ONE:  $21,000

Big house for renovation in centre of town.


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Region: Poitou-Charentes
Department: Vienne
Nearest Sizeable Town: La Trimouille
Location: La Trimouille
Bedrooms : 4
Habitable Size : 90m2
Land Size : 10m2

One of the Bedrooms…wonder if the Portrait comes with the House…
HOUSE TWO:  $48,000

Charming 2 bedroom cottage in quiet village location in the heart of Brittany


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Region: Brittany
Department: Côtes-d’Armor
Nearest Sizeable Town: Saint-Nicolas-du-Pélem
Love the Brick and 2 Fireplaces.

Pepto Pink would have to Go.  Stone Fireplace Stays.

Nice Light.  Wood Ceiling.
Cute Kitchen.

Decent Size Bath.

Large but Red.  Paint is an Easy Fix.  One of Four Bedrooms.

Another Bedroom…Love the Cottage Window.

Attic.  A Master?
I Like This One.




HOUSE THREE:  Another $48,000 Home…

Beautiful stone village house, most sought after village in the National Park. Stu…


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Region: Lower-Normandy
Department: Orne
Nearest Sizeable Town: Bellême
This One in Stone.  Two Fireplaces.


Bedrooms : 1
Habitable Size : 90m2
Land Size : Unknown

Modern Renovated Kitchen.


Enormous Shelving.

One Bath.

The Bedroom…Only One.  This Won’t Do for a Family of 4.

Here’s the Quaint Village I Think I’m Looking For.

HOUSE FOUR:  $60,000

A Bit Over the Budget.

Great little lock up and leave village property with TWO bedrooms, garden. Situate…

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Region: Brittany
Department: Morbihan
Nearest Sizeable Town: Guilliers
Location: EVRIGUET
Looks Solid.  Brick.  Two Fireplaces.  Huge Cottage Windows.

2 Bedroom House – €51,000 (Inc. agency fees) – Location: Brittany, Morbihan, Guilliers : EVRIGUET


Bedrooms : 2
Habitable Size : 73m2
Land Size : 212m2

Lovely Salon.

Nice Kitchen.

Bath with Shower.

Bedroom.  Wallpaper Says France to Me.

Love this One Too.


HOUSE FIVE:  $66,000

Also Over-Budget.

Character 3 bedroom village house, walk to the shop, excellent holiday or family h…


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Region: Brittany
Department: Côtes-d’Armor
Nearest Sizeable Town: Callac
Location: CARNOET
Love the Stone.  Two Fireplaces.  Three Bedrooms.

Looks Like a Castle.

Lovely Bright Kitchen.
Bedrooms Upstairs.

Staircase at the Front Entry.

I Like This One As Well.

And If We Really Want to Dream…Here’s House Six.

About $3,000.000




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Region: Aquitaine
Department: Gironde
Nearest Sizeable Town: Saint-Emilion
Location: ST EMILION
Bedrooms : 16
Habitable Size : 920m2
Land Size : 58,057m2
Aquitaine, Gironde

Outstanding CHATEAU dating back to the 17th century in the SAINT-EMILION – BORDEAUX region. Completely renovated to very high standards, with preservation of its architectural features. Set on the banks of the Dordogne river – with magnificant views –

on its 5.8 ha of land with parc and woodland.

Grand reception rooms on the ground floor, 6 luxury bedrooms each with their bathroom on the first floor and a spacious apartment with 5 bedroom and 4 bathrooms on the top floor. Further set in the parc several outbuildings with 4 apartments and outbuildings which offer scope for extension as creating large reception rooms for events. Further a fully secured heated swimming pool and jacuzzi, a parking. Possibility for a pontoon with boat on the river.

PERFECT CENTRAL LOCATION on the banks of the Dordogne river, near SAINT-EMILION and its famous wine châteaux as well as its new Golf Course! Further fabulous BORDEAUX at just 35 km, easy acces to Atlantic Coast with its Bay of Arcachon and Dune de Pyla as well as the Dordogne region and the Pyreneen!







And the Final Option that’s Not an Option…HOUSE SEVEN

About $20,000,000

Glorious historic renovated Chateau with moat and parkland (Chalus, 87)

Bedrooms : 29
Habitable Size : 3,500m2
Land Size : 1,650,000m2
Limousin, Haute-Vienne

Exquisite Chateau with extraordinary history in the heart of the Limousin in south-west France.

Built in 1179 and now fully renovated to an exceptional standard, this fairy-tale property boasts 29 bedrooms, a grand banqueting hall and its own licenced Tavern.

Legend has it that English King Richard the Lionheart died here after a siege at nearby Chalus some 800 years ago.

The Chateau is complete with a moat and Portcullis and the estate comprises of 165 hectares of land with several houses, barns, four lakes and various water wells.

The castle itself has been completely renovated to the highest standard without compromising the authenticity of its history. All windows are double glazed and the wood paneling, decorative work, doors and windows have been made by hand. The ground floor has under floor heating and the upper floor has radiators.

It has satellite services, computer facilities, and a rustic style modern kitchen.

There are 16 bedrooms within the castle itself and most have their own ensuite shower-rooms.

With a total living space of 3500m2 the Chateau contains a house chapel, office-rooms, a music-room and banqueting hall.

There is also a comfortable lounge, a cinema room, a library and servants’ quarters.








I Know…Right?!






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I’ll Need a Tad Bit More Magic for This Challenge.

But It Sure Doesn’t Hurt to Look. 🙂


12 thoughts on “Hello France…Real Estate Reality or Dream?

  1. Wow, the last two!! But I did like the first one on your list that was just over budget.
    I’m terrible at imagining the potential of a place if there’s clutter. Colour of walls etc I can see past but I like to be able to see the space I have to play with.
    Over here, we have a TV show called ‘Place in the country’ They take families around 4-5 properties in the area they want based on budget and specific criteria – you should sign up!!

  2. Ha! I should sign up for Place in the County!. Haylee, are house prices in England and Ireland comparable to France? Inquiring Minds would love to know. 🙂

  3. I’d go for the last chateaux, of course (in my dreams!) So I’d better start saving. ? You showed a nice selection of what was available and there looks to be something to suit most budgets. Hope you get your house in France one day.

  4. Do you ever read Paulita’s blog? She’s actually doing that — quitting their jobs in Columbus and moving to France either this fall or next spring, can’t remember which. She did a recent trip looking for places they want to live. If you’re really considering this option, she might be a fun one to connect with.

    I really love the houses you picked. I love Normandy and Brittany both and I think that’s the region where you might find me living (although I confess, I’ve not yet been to the South of France and Provence sounds mighty appealing! Gets tricky when the budget has to include not only the house but whatever changes you might want to make — the less expensive painting, the more expensive repairs! But it’s an exciting dream and actually one that in time may be very doable for you! It will be fun to follow!

  5. HI! I’m all for saving and renovating old French cottages, as this is what I’m doing… But I’d just say that sometimes with old cottages dream and nightmare are really close. I’m a little worried that all cottages you showed are very far from any town (which explains the low price). For one of them they state Saint Nicolas du Pelem as the closest town and it’s actually a really small village. Now, of course, I saw potential in each cottage and already have my mind whirling with ideas for each of them!
    If you want an idea of what houses are worth in Brittany, feel free to send me a private email. I can’t say about other regions, though.

  6. Hi Magali: I follow you because of your lovely French cottage…hoping to get helpful tips…and it’s been just the best. Your comment on proximity to a town is important…without being in France it is difficult to figure out exactly where the houses are located. For our planned trip to France, we had a realtor to work with..but that is all on hold. I will certainly enjoy following you and you Little White House. 🙂

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