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Rural french property for sale Dordogne €290,000

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Dordogne, Aquitaine, France

This property offers you potential for a stunning family home or holiday residence with separate accommodation for a “gite” business or for family and friends all within the same grounds. Rural but with all necessary amenities within walking distance as well as the chance to go swimming in the region’s lakes, canoeing on the rivers, horse riding and much more all in the renowned Dordogne area of France.

The property consists of three separate stone houses two semi-detached in a large garden of almost 3 acres leading down to a stream, the houses are all habitable and have had many recent improvements. There is a beautiful tree lined drive down to the houses. The houses are gas central heated and two of the houses are set up for wood burning stoves and the properties are on main drains and gas which is quite rare in this area ! The main house has undergone considerable work in the last few years and is currently a family home. There is plenty of space in the garden for a good sized pool and other outhouses.

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CodingThe Village

The village has a recently renovated 13 century Abbey. Set on the edge of the village, population 550, within easy walking distance of the schools (ages 3 to 9), post office, pharmacy, bar with restaurant, bakers, grocers and hairdressers. There is a village Doctor and chemist.

The village also boasts two tennis courts, one covered, a table tennis club and a small bowling alley and pool hall opened a couple of years ago which has already hosted Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie! The property is situated in a sought after area near the market town of Piegut, 30 mins from Angoulême, 50 mins from Limoges. You can step back in time here... if you leave your doors unlocked you may come back to find the post lady has left your parcel on the kitchen table !!!

Dominated by the abbey, Bussiere is one of those rare things in the French countryside, it is both a tourist attraction but also a fully functioning village not simply a show village. As is typical in so much of rural France, the local commune take a great pride in their local village and it is always beautifully maintained and it almost feels as if it has been made ready especially for you when you visit ! On top of all this, the village is also on “mains drains” and has mains gas supplied. Apparently simple “luxuries” like these can be very rare in the countryside and have far reaching practical benefits. Usually your beautiful village comes with a price in terms of Spartan services, no shops and no drainage and only bottled gas. Bussiere achieves beauty and functionality as a place to choose to live.

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IdeasRural Lifestyle

If you want a rural lifestyle but need the added convenience of international travel you are within easy reach of two airports Angoulême 30 mins and Limoges 50 mins and the TGV high speed train from Angoulême takes just over 2 hours to Paris. Many people in the area speak English but it's an ideal time to learn French if you come to live here!

Buy as a private sale and avoid paying commission ! Do bear in mind that, regardless of how a sale is made, the legal aspects in France are always undertaken by a third party "notary" ensuring full transparency and security for all parties.

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Our Property for sale : Beautiful Property in Rural French Village €290,000

Beautiful stone built farmhouse in the Dordogne with two dependencies/gites set in 11,000m2 of garden in a scenic French village offering authentic local character, full amenities and easy access from 2 airports and the train.

If you want the rural lifestyle, the wood burning stoves, the countryside on your doorstep but at the same time easy access to shops, schools, doctors, restaurants.. then this is the place to be !


Aquitaine, France

The Aquitaine is a famous French region located in the south east of France. On its western side it is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. Thanks to its location, Aquitaine gets a sunny, warm climate all year long . The blend of humidity as well as many sunshine hours even in autumn let Aquitaine produce tasty, high-quality grapes which give rise to the well know wine industry of the area.

Aquitaine has been a desirable location for humans since stone age times and there is much evidence of man's earliest life in this region. It has also been home to the Romans and has a long history with England when under Henry II of England in 1154, the area became an English possession.

The flow of history has moved on but the region still remains today a desirable place to visit and to live !

Dordogne, Aquitaine

Dordogne, Aquitaine


The local market town is only 10 minutes drive (well that probably includes parking) and is a draw for many tourists in the area particularly during the summer time. The bustling Wednesday market is filled with villagers and at the height of the season, French, English and Dutch tourists. If you listen carefully, you may hear the older locals speaking in the local Occitan, the local patois or dialect which is a real treat. Their grandchildren may understand but few of them use the language so it is a privilege and great experience to hear this patois still being used. Some of the older generation profess to speaking French as we know it only as a second language. Each "patois" or dialect is highly regional also and in the great scheme of things probably becoming extinct so come and get it while you can.

As well as sitting at the cafes to have a late morning coffee, chat and watch the world go by, you can get a variety of different things from the market ranging from beautiful home grown vegetables, (do try the corn on the cob when in season), to hand made products some - utilitarian like fly covers for your dishes in the summer to others that are decorative like wooden toys – kitchen utensils, pots and pans, and hand glazed bowls plates and pots. Loo out for the garlic seller who shouts’ “ail ail ail” to attract the punters and the melon stalls when the Charente melons are in season !!!

Outside market day, Piegut offers doctors, a well stocked chemists (the French take their health care very seriously and the chemists are not glorified sweet shops), a supermarket, a smaller “Huit à Huit”, a superb butcher, an excellent vintners, a post office, shoe shop, bric a brac antiques, a builder’s merchant and many other businesses. Just be aware, twelve until one is lunchtime so don’t go in to town at that time expecting anything to be open ! If you do get caught out then do go and have a look at the “Tour”, the small but magnificent remnant of an old medieval castle that existed in the town. Also, take a look at the attached village of Pluviers which gives the town it’s full name Piegut-Pluviers. It’s very small but there are some beautiful buildings before you leave town on the main road.

St. Estephe

The lake at Saint Estephe, only 10 drive minutes away, has received a large of amount of European financial investment and the result is a spectacular lake that is magnet for children and their families in the summer. There is a lovely clean (!) sandy beach area and a grassed area for sunbathing and the swimming is supervised in the high season, the French holiday season, by a team of friendly and professional lifeguards. They ensure particularly that children are safe in the water and even advise on putting on sun bloc when they see little ones who may be over exposed to the sun. In addition, there are canoes that can be used free of charge and these are also supervised by staff from the lifeguard station.On top of this there is a choice of eating from the beach side cafes which do simple French fare, Merguez and chips for example, but in typical French style the food is good and good value too. The atmosphere of sitting under the restaurant shades with the French on holiday, enjoying the food and the sun, is not one to be missed. A short walk also takes you to another eatery which offers full restaurant fare including always a “plat du jour”.

The whole experience of St. Estephe in the summer is magical, it offers a safe and friendly environment for adults and children of all ages to relax and enjoy the sun. One “word to the wise”.. many of the English visitors look at the tea coloured water and are put off. In fact the water is far cleaner than many a resort our side of the channel (!) and is monitored regularly during the peak season to ensure that it is suitable for swimming in. The French take pride in their holiday resorts and are sticklers for ensuring that the rules and regulations are fully applied ! If you have young children then you can be sure that in the summer they will want to spend every day at “the beach” at St. Estephe !


Living in the north of the Dordogne you are close to the border of the Charente (16) and the Haute Vienne (87). The administrative centre of the dordogne department that stretches off to the south is Perigueux which is about 55 minutes drive. To make life easier for those in the "far" north of the department, a lot of the regional administration takes place in the scenic town of Nontron. It is worthwhile getting to know the town since you will find the majority of the administrative offices here. It also a beautiful tourist town and well worth a visit. The town has a population of about 6000 and has two large supermarkets, several garages, a vet, a printers, electrical stores, hotels, a cinema, sports stadium, indoor swimming pool and many other services. It also has a number of places to eat including the elegant restaurant of the Hôtel Pelisson and each Saturday has a well attended outdoor market selling fruit and veg, cheese and handicrafts amongst other things. Nontron is also closely associated with the knife making industry much as Sheffield in the UK is associated with steel and cutlery, and there is a festival each year. The "Office de Tourisme" is a good place to start in terms of finding out more about the town and also the local region.


This town is your capital. It is the principle town of the Dordogne and the Administrative centre. Luckily, it is only about 50 minutes by car. You will no doubt find that you will have to do a journey to Perigueux at some point. Personally it is more of a "business" town but has some historic parts which are worth a look. The town also sports all the major deprtment stores. If you have the luxury then you may also want to stop in at "the Venice of the Dordogne", Brantôme which you will pass on the way to Perigueux.


While Perigueux is the departmental capital, Angouleme is the capital of the neighbouring dpartment of the Charente. It is also slightly closer than Perigueux. Whilst a good deal smaller, a personnal preference only, it is the nicer of the two capitals. Everything starts and finishes at the main square around the covered market "Les Halles". At the other end of town there is also a large covered shopping precinct which is a new development and offers a wide variety of shops, but he main square and the surrounding buildings offer the historic interest. Make sure that you go to the ramparts to look otbeyond them at the landscape well below. On the "periferique", the orbital road that runs around Angoulême, you get a good impresion of how the town sits high up in all it's glory set well above the landscape. Don't forget also, Angouleme is the nearest destination on the train from Paris. The area right by the station, Place de la Gare, is peppered with car rental firms including Ada, Avis and Europcar.

Some attractive benefits:

  • Stunning beautiful property
  • Ideal rural lifestyle
  • Easy reach of two airports
  • Dordogne: an area of great geographic beauty.
  • Total: €290,000

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Running Costs

As with any property anywhere in the world, there are associated ongoing costs which it is best to be aware of. Under the French system it does at first seem that there is a larger array of property taxes and fees to pay on your house but essentially, the French don't lump together all the various charges and prefer to have "administrative" visibility of all the individual charges especially since these are administered by different local, regional and national bodies. The overall payments when lumped together are not dissimilar to the variety of ongoing costs you might expect to have for a house where you live. Of course, as you will discover living in France, the real "tariff" is an increase in your household administration, dealing with the various agencies ! Once you get into a routine it does become easier and while sometimes frustrating, on the whole, everything is done correctly and "by the book" in France.


Council/Property Tax

The equivalent of a UK Council Tax contribution in France, (Property Tax in the US), is made through 2 taxes, the Taxe d'Habitation and the Taxe Foncière.

The taxe foncière is paid by the owner of the property, irrespective of who occupies it. The tax is divided into two parts: tax on the buildings (taxe foncière sur les propriétés bâties) and tax on the land (taxe foncière sur les propriétés non bâties). Taxe Foncière is more expensive than the Taxe d'Habitation, but the actual amount varies according to where the property is, as well as the "Valeur Locative Cadestral", in other words, the (notional) rental value. The amounts payable are decided by the local authorities of each region. The Taxe foncière is payable, in our region, in January.

The valeur locative cadestrale is reviewed every year, so the Taxe Foncière can be changed according to the findings of the review committees. The tax is calculated on two counts, that is, on the buildings and the land that together form the property. It is also your responsibility to update the information held on your property if you make substantial improvements that will affect the notional rental value, such as the addition of a swimming pool.

The taxe fonciere bill for the advertised property in 2011was for 1053 euros which was paid in 10 monthly installments of approximately 100 euros.

The taxe d'habitation is paid by the occupiers of a property, whether they own it or rent it. Taxe d’habitation is determined by local and county councils and is spent on community services by the local municipality where you live. It is also worth noting that this tax also includes the television licence fee.

The taxe d'habitation bill for the property in 2011 was for 433 euros.



This a bill that you pay essentially for water treatment. You pay twice a year. The most recent bill was for 50 euros so a yearly total of 100 euros. The assainissement is paid to the Tresorerie Nontron. This bill is not to be confused with your water usage bill which will come from the local water company Saur,



From the end of March to the end of September there is no heating needed. The main requirement is to keep cool which the stone buildings do well ! In terms of heating, all three houses run on gas central heating. There is one gas boiler for the main house which provides central heating and hot water and similarly a second boiler which supplies central heating and hot water to House 1 and House 2 (please refer to the floor plans). The boilers are efficient and heat well. It is hard to give an accurate idea of costs since this will differ according to the season and the amount of usage, but you can work out a monthly payment plan with Gas de France (GDF) whereby you pay a fixed sum monthly over 10 months. At the end of that time GDF will check your full usage and either charge you for any extra usage or refund you if you have over paid. The main house also has two wood burners or "poêle à bois" as the French call them, and it was these mainly that we relied on for our winter heating, while the gas boiler was used for hot water and for heating the top floor rooms. With one wood burner in the kitchen and one in the living room heating "towards" each other the house stayed at a very comfortable temperature even at the height of the cold period which is usually January and February. They say in the region that you get warm 3 times when using wood, when you cut it, when you stack it, and when you burn it. The real benefit of using wood is that it is plentiful and cheap and also you pay up front for your heating fuel. Wood is usually measured by the "stère" (un stère) which is 1 cubic metre but is usually delivered by the "brasse"(une brasse - appears to be used only in this region) which is 4 cubic metres. The cost of a brasse is in the region of 130 euros. We usually bought 3 brasse during the winter but used about 2 and half leaving half to get started the following winter. You do need some organisation to get your wood delivered before the cold period and replenished if necessary but it is a good feeling to know that whatever might happen you will continue to have a warm house throughout the winter. In the evening, before you turn in, switch off the lights and the TV and just watch through the little glass window the logs burning inside the poêle and the light it casts in the room !



This supplied by EDF (Électricité de France), the same company that now has a widespread presence in the UK also ! Of course usage is a personal thing . In the Main House there is an electric heater in the "children's bedroom" to ensure a set temperature all year round and a towel rail in the bathroom. Do be aware that there are no fuses on French plugs so make sure you do use surge protectors for ALL your electrical equipment in the house. Electrical storms are not uncommon and we have had many friends who suffered "fried" fax machines, telephones, broadband router etc. !


Diagnostique Performance Energetique

Since the 1st of January 2010, all houses for sale in France are required to have a DPE test, Diagnostique Performance Energetique, which shows how the where the house rates in terms of energy efficiency. On the whole, new builds have higher DPE scores but older buildings with a double skinned stone walls can continue to have "character"and also offer a good level of energy efficiency. Particularly in the hot summers, the stone walls help to keep the inside of the house cool without the expense of heat exchangers and air conditioning which the newer buildings always require.

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