The Good Life France Magazine

The Good Life France Magazine brings you the best of France - inspirational and exclusive features, fabulous photos, mouth-watering recipes, tips, guides, ideas and much more...

Published by the award winning team at The Good Life France

1 year ago

Issue No. 19

Delicious sunshine cocktails and scrumptious recipes, brilliant features and tons of information and gorgeous photos to inspire your visits. The secret life of castles in Burgundy, the Abbey of Senanque in Provence, Sainte-Denis, Lourdes, Calvados in Normandy, Paris, Grenoble and more...

Farms With land prices

Farms With land prices currently very attractive in France, a steady flow of UK farmers are heading to France to expand their holdings. Whilst northern France is best for cereal growing, Brittany is prime for pigs. Poitou-Charentes offers huge tracts of maize and sunflowers, whereas the Limousin is famous for its attractive rolling cattle and sheep grazing countryside. Hobby farmers tend to own less than the 50-hectare plus professionals and it’s possible, for example, to get a lovely house with 20-30 hectares of surrounding land for €300,000 in the Haute-Vienne. Farm property agent, Colin Appleyard, at Leggett Immobillier helps buyers to purchase the right property particularly in the cattle and sheep grazing areas in the Limousin. He often works closely with SAFER, the French land agency, to ensure a rapid installation procedure and rapid access to all the subsidies that are available. “Hobby farming is a growing trend, although in such cases, to be totally self sufficient, owners would need a source of secondary income from gîtes, B&B, or indeed camping on the farm” he says. Such properties are often available, providing a great opportunity for a wonderful, peaceful lifestyle as well as self sufficiency. 245,000 530,000 4 bedroom farmhouse & numerous outbuildings - all in excellent condition, Bussiere Galant, Haute Vienne, Limousin. 3 hectares of land previously run as a cattle & sheep rearing farm. Ideal as a small holding, close to amenites and 36km from Limoges airport. Details Working sheep farm in Le Dorat, Haute Vienne Limousin. Organic status, 70 hectares land, 5 bedroom, renovated house, swimming pool, 3 stone bards & a tunnel barn. 50km from Limoges airport, amenities close by. Details Click here to see a selection of working farms for sale in France

Equestrian The cost of agricultural land averages around €10,000 per hectare in France and the cost of upkeep of horses is lower than in the UK. This is why Midi-Pyrénées and Poitou- Charentes attract those seeking equestrian homes. As with farming properties, location is all about the quality of the grass. The far south can be hot in summer! The rule of thumb is to buy a hectare per horse – double the amount required in the UK. Whatever equestiran disclipline interests you, you'll find properties to suit. Prices range from around €200,000 for houses with land, through to around €5 million for studs, liveries, competition or racing yards and châteaux with hundreds of hectares. Martin Sheach, Leggett's equestrian expert, says: “The typical buyer who is moving over with their horses enquires initially about the equestrian facilities. Then they ask about the features and quality of the property.” 424,000 Beautiful 4 bedroom house in Montaigu de Quercy, Tarn et Garonne. Ideal for horse lovers with equestrian facilities, gîte, swimming pool, surrounded by 22 hectares, most fenced & paddocked. Just outside a busy village. Details 3 Storey 5 bedroom country house in Bossay Sur Claise, Indre et Loire, Centre. 15 hectare estate with swimming pool, gites, stables for 21 horses, training track, workshops, tennis court, spa and kennels. Reduced from €795,000 Details 630,700 For help and advice on buying a hobby home email

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