If you've only had experience buying property in the UK you might be surprised to learn how far your pound will go in France. Living the rural dream with a larger house, more land, fresh food markets on your doorstep and perhaps some chickens to feed in the garden, is still very achievable in certain areas of France for the price of a 2-bed semi in certain areas of the UK.
Although France & the UK have a similar population, with approximately 551,000 square kilometres of land, France is more than twice as large as the UK and therefore per head, there is significantly more space for everyone!
France is the world's sixth largest agricultural producer and EU's leading agricultural power, accounting for about one-third of all agricultural land within the EU. Northern France is characterized by large wheat farms. Dairy products, pork, poultry, and apple production are concentrated in the western region. Beef production is located in central France, while the production of fruits, vegetables, and wine ranges from central to southern France. France is a large producer of many agricultural products and is currently expanding its forestry and fishery industries.
In this article, we focus on central France and, in particular, department 23 'La Creuse' where you will find stunning countryside, miles of countryside walks, fields full of Limousin cows and some hidden gems to call home.
Creuse is one of the 83 French departments created during the French revolution. The new department had seven districts: La Souterraine, Guéret, Boussac, Évaux, Felletin, Bourganeuf and Aubusson. The capital had been alternating between Guéret and Aubusson, but eventually it was settled that Guéret was to remain the capital. In 2019 Creuse became part of the newly formed 'super region' -cthe Nouvelle-Aquitaine.
Closest city - Limoges
Airports - Limoges Bellegarde
Drive - Eurotunnel
Many things to do in La Creuse
With such close travel links to the UK, an array of rural activities for all the family and larger cities on your doorstep, this is a wonderful choice for many people who need to maintain links to the UK, but want to achieve their dream of living in the country. Let's look at some properties!
In a stunning location this mansion boasts cottages, several large barns a garage and a pool on a plot of approximately 46.950m². An ideal house as a family home or as a bed and breakfast. The house has a spacious cottage that can accommodate a large family or group (10 to 12 people).
There is a large double garage that can accommodate 4 cars. Several barns, sheds and stables. The various barns with several floors have a total area of approximately 1200m².
This house is hidden away on the banks of a beautiful river with peace, tranquility & many dog walks straight from your door! Located on a plot of approximately 6510 m2, the property is part of an old water mill. It is no longer in use as a mill, but it still has the water passage. Next to the house you buy an adjacent building with a fully functional 2 bedroom gite and another gite to renovate. In addition, a building with business opportunities including a rentable apartment, a large shed and grounds.