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Dordogne, France - A Place in the Sun

2020 / Dordogne France Laura Hamilton on 20 August 2020

Dordogne France Laura Hamilton

Nurse Karen and GP Alastair from Montrose are longing for a slower pace of life and are relocating to the beautiful countryside of the Dordogne in France. The couple are looking for a character property with a pool, that’s also big enough for their whole family to come and visit, so they’ve asked for Laura Hamilton’s help. Laura has found 5 fantastic options to show them for their £175,000 budget, but will any turn out to be their idea of perfection?

The Dordogne

What's the area like?

The Dordogne region in south western France is about 8 hours drive from Calais – or you can fly into Bergerac right in the heart of the region from quite a few UK airports – the flight time is less than two hours. It is one of France’s most popular holiday destinations, with more than 3 million tourists visiting each year. As well as its traditional French architecture and beautiful countryside, the Dordogne is known as a gastronomic hotspot – you’re never far from a tasty bite to eat or a delicious glass of wine, nearly all home grown. It is estimated that more than 20,000 Brits have a home here, out of the population of 414.000 people in Dordogne.

Property 1

Three-bed house in Campsegret

Property 1 Three-bed house in Campsegret

This recently renovated converted barn has a stylish swimming pool and a terrace with an outside cooking area. Downstairs there’s a light and airy living and dining room, a separate kitchen looking out onto the pool, as well as a bedroom and shower room . Upstairs there are two more bedrooms, both with en suite shower rooms. The first property is in Campsegret on the outskirts of Bergerac fifteen minutes drive from both the town centre and the airport. The majority of properties here are holiday homes, mainly owned by French people, though there is a small but growing British community here. This property is no longer available, view more from the agent here.

Valued at £158,532 at the time of filming.

Property 2

Five-bed house in Augignac

Property 2 Five-bed house in Augignac

A converted barn with lots of outside space including a walled garden, an outdoor patio, a covered veranda with cooking area and two further sections of garden adjacent to the house. It's light and bright with exposed beams and a fireplace. Augignac is the most affordable part of Dordogne, where the average house for sale costs 80,500 euros - you get more for your money than anywhere else in the Dordogne! This area is just 10 minutes to the beautiful lake of St Estephe. This property is no longer available see more from the agent here

Valued at £147,247 at the time of filming.

Property 3

Three-bed house in Sauvignac Ledrier

Property 3 Three-bed house in Sauvignac Ledrier

This property is a traditional farmhouse with fantastic views over the nearby valley. It also has a private pool and a barn. It's located in a small village with lovely views of a nearby castle. View the property here.

Valued at £156,881 at the time of filming.

Property 4

Three-bed bungalow in Badaillac

Property 4 Three-bed bungalow in Badaillac

A modern bungalow with a good sized back garden and a vegetable patch, a light and bright living and dining room with a fireplace, a fitted kitchen, a garage and parking. The property is to the North-East of Dordogne, in the little hamlet of Badaillac. It’s part of the national park of Perigord-Limousin and there’s a strong British community here. Two of the dozen or so properties in the hamlet owned by Brits, and a restaurant owned and run by a British couple 5 minutes drive away. View the property here.

Valued at £155,045 at the time of filming.

Property 5

Four-bed house in St-Hilaire-les-Places

Property 5 Four-bed house in St-Hilaire-les-Places

This property is made up of two houses linked by decking. It has a raised swimming pool, a good sized garden and its own barbecue hut. It is located in the hamlet of Les Maureillas in the village of St-Hilaire-les-Places, just on the border 15 minutes north of Dordogne, in Haute-Vienne region. Contact the agent for similar properties.

Valued at £160,055 at the time of filming.

Hot property

Three-bed villa in El Paraiso

Hot property Three-bed villa in El Paraiso

A unique villa with eight bedrooms, six bathrooms, a private infinity pool, rooftop terrace and even a cinema room! View the property here.

Valued at £1,600,000 at the time of filming.