French Property of the Week – Converted school house with a pool in Limousin

Fancy a "beautifully renovated old schoolhouse with a swimming pool in a charming hamlet, close to the Dordogne border?" Check out our French Property of the Week.

French Property of the Week - Converted school house with a pool in Limousin
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Where is it?

Situated in the center of France, in the department of Haute Vienne, the house is in the former Limousin region and is only 5km from the village of La Meyze which has shops, a hotel, bar and restaurant.

The nearest town with full facilities is St Yreix la Perche, which is only 10km from the house. It is close to the Parc Naturel Regional Limousin and is 38km from the nearest international airport, Limoges.

How much does it cost?:

€330,000 or £280,979 depending on exchange rates.


Describe the house:

Recently renovated, this old schoolhouse has been tastefully decorated and updated, yet still retains its character and French charm. Inside, the house has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and both a large open kitchen and living room that are perfect for entertaining. As well as the beautiful house, there is also a large swimming pool, a boarded attic, cellar, a garden, patio area, and open views across the countryside.

Why buy it?

Leggett Immobilier say: “This high quality school conversion offers a very large living room, with views over the countryside at the rear, a fully equipped stunning handmade kitchen overlooked by a large mezzanine area, (…) beautiful gardens and a swimming pool. Absolutely stunning!

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Tax hikes of up to 60% for French second home owners

Towns and villages through France are raising property tax rates for second-home owners, with many areas voting for the maximum 60 percent increase.

Tax hikes of up to 60% for French second home owners

Even though France’s taxe d’habitation (householders’ tax) is in the process of being phased out for most French residents, second-home owners are still required to pay it.

This year more towns have voted to increase it, and others have recently gained the ability to add a surcharge for second-home owners, with French daily Le Parisien reporting that the residence tax “continues to soar.” 

Municipalities in zones tendues (areas with a housing shortage) have the ability to choose to increase taxe d’habitation by up to 60 percent for second home owners.

From 2023, several new areas – including Nantes – will join the list of zones tendues, meaning they will be able to vote to increase taxes for second-home owners.

This year, large cities such as Bordeaux, Lyon, Biarritz, Arles and Saint-Jean-de-Luz saw their city councils vote to increase the tax at the maximum 60 percent.

READ MORE: Why some French cities are increasing taxes for second-home owners

Some areas have still not chosen to apply the increase, but those looking to buy a second home in France should beware that these municipalities could vote to increase the taxe d’habitation in the future.

In 2020, cities on average voted to increase the residence tax on second homes by 248.50, in comparison to €217 in 2017. This year, that amount is expected to be even higher.

On top of the taxe d’habitation, second-home owners also have to pay the separate taxe foncière property tax, which is itself rising sharply in many areas.