If you were enchanted by Beauty and the Beast as a child (or an adult – no judgement) and have dreamt of living in an authentic French village ever since, you’re truly not alone.
Why not take a look at what the market has to offer? It can’t hurt and could even inspire your plans to buy a village home in France of your very own.
Village homes in France offer the appeal of small-town France and combine traditional French architecture and the community aspect that comes with village life.
1. Four-bedroom home in Verteuil village
Fully renovated four-bedroom village home in one of the most beautiful villages in the Charente. This property is an absolute find! It has a pretty courtyard to the rear, two shower rooms, a separate WC, a cellar and a shed in the garden.
Just a short walk away is the delightful village of Verteuil, with its fairytale chateau.
Perfect for: a lock ‘n’ leave holiday home
2. Two-bedroom village home in Saint-Sever-Calvados
This lovely townhouse is a detached village home that was recently renovated by its current owner. It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and is located on a hill in the pretty market town of Saint-Sever-Calvados. All amenities are within walking distance of this lovely home, including shops, schools and an open-air swimming pool.
Perfect for: families and holiday home buyers
3. Four-bedroom home in historic village of Saint-Jory-las Bloux
This picture-perfect home lies in the historic village of Saint-Jory-las-Bloux, a warm and sophisticated settlement in the Dordogne.
The village itself has an expected population of just over 250, so is perfect for those looking to enjoy small-town life in France.
With a traditional Perigourdine cottage design, this home is charming to say the least. The interior is spacious and it has a garden, and covered small terrace area.
Perfect for: a couple
4. Beautiful Charentaise village house
This stunningly spacious property lies in Mareuil – more commonly known as Mareuill-sur-Belle – a quiet commune in the Dordogne, France. This large home was formerly built for the local notaire and is surrounded by farms, churches and vineyards.
The property has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a private pool to the rear. It’s definitely worth a look, even if it’s just to have a nosy around this grand village home. Plus, it has a pool house and two further outbuildings.
Perfect for: Big families or anyone interested in running a gite business
5. Spacious stone house in Charentais village
This three-bedroom semi-detached property is in a small village, just 4km outside of Montbron, a small town in western France. This village home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a barn, workshop and a large garage. It also has a convertible attic (subject to building permissions).
Perfect for: A small family or couple looking to enjoy village life
6. Riverside four-bedroom maison de Maître
This maison de maitre lies in the French town of Saint Foy la Grance, a small bastide town built in 1288. It’s a former commune in Dordogne that was merged into Saint-Aulaye-Puymangou around a decade ago.
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This property has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a private pool, stunning gardens and a terrace that looks out on the Dordogne River. The village is on the banks of the river and retains a great sense of history. It’s a popular town for French residents and holiday homeowners and is home to one of the country’s best Saturday markets!
Perfect for: Growing families
7. Find a beautiful bargain an hour from Caen port in Normandy
This three-bedroom townhouse lies in Mortain, Manche, a small village in Normandy in north-western France. With three-bedrooms and one bathroom, it’s surprising that this property is the cheapest on my list – coming in at a bargainous €99,000.
Perfect for: a lock up and leave home
8. Large, detached village home in Ger, Manche
Located in one of the most beautiful villages in France, this property lies in the town of Ger, an hour from Caen port. This substantial village home was renovated recently and boasts four bedrooms, two bathrooms, an attic, private garage and is close to the town’s favourite amenities.
They include a celebrated local restaurant, shops and cafes. The Lac de la Dathée and an 18-hole golf course lie just 15-minutes from this property and the Musée régional de la poterie is a little further.
Perfect for: a forever or holiday home
9. Traditional townhouse in riverside village
Last but not least, I’ve found a two-bedroom property in the heart of well-known riverside village, Bassac in Poitou-Charentes. Just a short walk from the bakery and village’s favourite restaurant, this two-bedroom home is more than meets the eye. Inside, the property is finished to high standards with open-plan living and storage rooms. The attic is currently in use as an artist’s studio, but it could be renovated subject to correct authorisations. It also has two gardens.
Perfect for: a couple or a small family