How the Covid Crisis in France Left Plenty of Palaces for the Price of a British Family Home

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Mowing the lawn can take you fifteen days, but don’t let that put you off.

The phenomenal success of the Channel 4 Escape To The Chateau series, in which the couple Angel Adoree and Dick Strawbridge undertake a huge 45-room DIY project in north-west France, has been an inspiration for millions. of British.

And suddenly it becomes easier for us to do the same.

The foreclosure in France has forced many aristocrats and other families to put their castles on the market, often at unbeatable prices.

French real estate agents have more than 1,500 in their books, more than double ten years ago.

Some prices have dropped 40%.

Here we bring you the most eye-catching bargains on the market.

This chateau in Decazeville, in the south of France, with 14 bedrooms and five bathrooms is now £ 590,000, up from £ 809,000 last year.

2019: £ 809k (€ 890k)

Now: £ 590K (€ 650K)

Price decrease: 27%

With 14 bedrooms and five bathrooms, this castle – which dates back to the 13th century – is typical of most of the heaps of bargains that hit the market.

It’s in a relatively old-fashioned place in the Lot Valley in southern France.

However, it is surrounded by national parks and it comes with four hectares of land and its own vaulted chapel, as well as a swimming pool.

It is not particularly well connected – the nearest city, Toulouse, is a few hours by car – but the charming village of Decazeville with its shops, restaurants and cafes is only a few steps away.

Great views of the hilly countryside – and a price that has dropped considerably.

Luxury property: 01935 817188, prestigeproperty.co.uk

This magnificent place near Châteauroux, Indre, in the center of France is now £ 677,000 (against £ 900,000 last year) after a price drop of 25%.

This beautiful place near Chateauroux, Indre, in central France is now £ 677,000 (compared to £ 900,000 last year) after a price drop of 25%.

2019: £ 900K (€ 990K)

Now: £ 677K (€ 744K)

Price reduction: 25%

This beautiful place near Chateauroux, in Indre, in central France, is sparsely populated and not particularly well connected – which means your money goes further.

But if this is the rural tranquility you are looking for, it would be absolutely perfect. This intriguing turret property combines three styles of architecture – medieval, Renaissance and 19th century – and fares well.

The house comes with almost seven acres of land, 18 bedrooms and its own gîte (traditional chalet).

Sifex: 020 7384 1200, sifex.fr

Just a short jump across the English Channel by ferry, this superb chateau in Condésur-Noireau, Normandy, is now £ 716,000, up from £ 847,000 in March this year.

Just a short jump across the English Channel by ferry, this superb chateau in Condésur-Noireau, Normandy, is now £ 716,000, up from £ 847,000 in March this year.

March 2020: £ 847k (€ 931k)

Now: £ 716K (€ 787.5K)

Price reduction: 15%

You won’t find lavender fields, olive groves, and vineyards here in northern France – but house prices are reasonable, and the food, especially cheese, is irresistible.

And it’s just a little jump across the English Channel by ferry.

This superb Château de Condésur-Noireau, in Normandy, has a dominant position in lush fields in the heart of the Calvados region, and includes nine bedrooms and 30 acres of land.

There is no swimming pool, but in summer you can enjoy the old Norman seaside resorts like Arromanches. An ideal place for historians of the Second World War.

My French house: 0845 123 5885, my-french-house.com

In a quiet but well-located hole in the Gers in Occitanie, this castle is now £ 635,000, against £ 809,000 in April this year.

In a quiet but well-located hole in the Gers in Occitanie, this castle is now £ 635,000, against £ 809,000 in April this year.

April 2020: £ 809k (€ 890k)

Now: £ 635K (€ 699K)

Price decrease: 21%

This 19th century house may need a bit of paint – but there is a nice lattice pool, seven bedrooms, and an outbuilding.

It is a quiet but well-located breech hole in the Gers in Occitania with access to vast expanses of south-western France. And in this sparsely populated region of the country, the prices are really very reasonable.

Toulouse is around an hour by car, the pilgrim town of Lourdes even closer and the Pyrenees ski resorts are easily accessible for a weekend.

The cathedral city of Condom (no titling at the back of the classroom) is also nearby.

Sifex: 020 7384 1200, sifex.fr

This chateau is in a brilliant location near Béziers, in Occitanie, in the south of France, with beaches just 12 miles away and is now £ 723,000, up from £ 955,000 last year.

This chateau is in a brilliant location near Béziers, in Occitanie, in the south of France, with beaches just 12 miles away and is now £ 723,000, up from £ 955,000 last year.

2019: £ 955 K (€ 1.05 M)

Now: £ 723k (€ 795k)

Price decrease: 24%

A brilliant location near Béziers, in Occitanie, in the south of France, with beaches just 19 km away and Montpellier, Narbonne and the Canal du Midi close at hand.

This 19th century house is astonishing, with five bedrooms and French gardens (but not so formal that you feel like you have to dress like Louis XIV to prune the bushes). The house has a relaxed atmosphere that makes it feel like a real family home. It has a great games room with parquet floors and a living room with marble floors.

Everything has been recently renovated, and it’s a good deal if you have three-quarters of a million pounds to spare – the price of a small apartment in central London.

Sifex: 020 7384 1200, sifex.fr

This 15th-century castle is located in Aubusson, in Limousin, an obscure region of central France known for its peace and tranquility and is now £ 1.39 million, up from £ 1.8 million in February this year.

This 15th-century castle is located in Aubusson, in Limousin, an obscure region of central France known for its peace and tranquility and is now £ 1.39 million, up from £ 1.8 million in February this year.

February 2020: £ 1.8m (€ 1.98 million)

Now: £ 1.39m (€ 1.53m)

Price drop: 23 percent

This 15th century castle is located in Aubusson, in Limousin, an obscure region of central France known for its tranquility. There are no neighbors but the city of Aubusson is about 20 minutes away. There is a heated swimming pool, a games room and a wine cellar – or get lost in the 200 hectares of woods that accompany the castle: you will never meet a soul.

Leggett: 08700 11 51 51, leggett.fr

Located about 160 km west of Paris, near Le Mans, in the Sarthe, this manageable house overlooking its own lake now costs £ 764k, up from £ 1.14m in March this year.

Located about 160 km west of Paris near Le Mans in the Sarthe, this manageable house overlooking its own lake now costs £ 764k, up from £ 1.14m in March this year.

March 2020: £ 1.14 M (€ 1.25 M)

Now: £ 764K (€ 840K)

Price decrease: 33%

A small ER house, easier to manage with a magnificent view of its own lake, ideally located about 160 km west of Paris near Le Mans in the Sarthe.

If you’ve been yearning for a place in the sun for years, this is the perfect starter castle. It sits on nearly ten acres of land and has six bedrooms, a tennis court, a billiards room and a charming little pool house.

Sifex: 020 7384 1200, sifex.fr

In a truly isolated rural setting in Marignac, in the Haute-Garonne, this magnificent chateau is now £ 668,000, compared to £ 955,000 in January this year.

In a truly isolated rural setting in Marignac, in the Haute-Garonne, this magnificent chateau is now £ 668,000, compared to £ 955,000 in January this year.

January 2020: £ 955,000 (€ 1.05 million)

Now: £ 668,000 (€ 735K)

Price reduction: 30%

In a truly isolated rural setting in Marignac, in the Haute-Garonne, this magnificent chateau has 13 rooms and is located on almost two hectares of land. It takes a lot of work, but if you’re ready to take the plunge, you can live there while the contractors toil. One day it will be a spectacular retreat for a family who loves the outdoors: a golf course and the ski resorts of the Pyrenees are easily accessible. The Spanish border is 20 minutes and Toulouse Airport 90 minutes.

Leggett: 08700 11 51 51; leggett.fr

It needs a new roof, rewiring and renovation, but the Bouresse property in western France includes 13 acres of land, stables, outbuildings and six bedrooms and costs 325 £ 000.

It needs a new roof, rewiring and renovation, but the Bouresse property in western France includes 13 acres of land, stables, outbuildings and six bedrooms and costs 325 £ 000.

£ 325,000

In the market last week alone, it could be your dream project – or your nightmare. It’s a wreck, in need of a new roof, rewiring and renovation – but the Bouresse property in western France includes 13 acres of land, stables, outbuildings and six bedrooms. Just steps from a village – which has an excellent DIY store.

Leggett: 08700 11 51 51, leggett.fr

  • Taxes and legal fees are generally high at an additional seven percent of the sale price.

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