French Property of the Week: Converted mill with stunning views over Charente river

Fancy watching the sun set from the comfort your very own lock side balcony? If so, this charming property with its stunning views, might just be the home for you.

French Property of the Week: Converted mill with stunning views over Charente river
Photo: Legget Immobilier
Where is it?
The property is just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the stunning town of Jarnac in the Charente department in south western France.
In the heart of cognac country, Jarnac, lies on the beautiful Charente river and is the birthplace of former French president François Mitterrand and the place where he is buried.
Just a short drive away is the town of Cognac (16km), where you can sample the world famous brandy and take in the historical medieval quarter. 
The nearest airports are La Rochelle (126km) and Bordeaux (120km), with easyjet and Ryanair operating flights from both. 
Map: Google Maps
How much does it cost?
It's on the market for €199 800 or £175,231, depending on exchange rates.
Describe the house: 
This charming converted mill has stunning views overlooking the lock. Currently rented out as a gite during the holiday season, it could be considered an investment or simply as a beautiful holiday home.
The west-facing terrace is ideally positioned to benefit from the sun later in the day, making it the perfect spot to sip an aperitif watching the boats go by, or to have dinner as the sun goes down. 
The house has been renovated to provide modern accommodation over three levels and has three bedrooms.
Why buy it?
Leggett Immobilier say: “Fantastic opportunity to own a holiday home with unrivalled views across the Charente river. This former mill has been converted to form an attractive holiday home with a terrace overlooking the river.
“The stunning location offers superb views over the river, the lock and weir, and the town bridge.”
And the photos: 


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.