French property of the week: 18th century farmhouse with pool in the sunny south of France

A "special" 18th century French farmhouse with pool and beautiful gardens which lies just a short drive from the French Riviera is in need of new owners. Tempted?

French property of the week: 18th century farmhouse with pool in the sunny south of France
Leggett Immobilier

Where is it?

The location of the property is described as “peaceful and residential”, close to the village of Peymeinade and the surrounding “perched” villages of the hills sitting just inland from Cannes.

The area offers spectacular views and a more relaxed pace of life – yet is within half an hour's drive of the coast and 40 minutes from Nice Airport ,where there are regular flights to the UK and most other European countries. 

Cannes is 30 minutes drive away, Nice is around one hour away by car and Saint-Tropez is around 1h 30mins.

This property has the added advantage of being close to the lovely walks along the Canal du Siagne. The property is also located close to two regional parks of the Préalpes d'Azur and Verdon.

How much does it cost?

The property has been reduced from €998,000 to €785,000 (£686.977, $966, 266) depending on exchange rates.

Describe the property

The property is described as a charming 18th Century farmhouse with pool and gardens. It is 158 square metres with the entire plot being 2,277 square metres.

The property, described as being a in a “good condition”, is within walking distance of amenities and is a “historic property full of character” with established interesting gardens including a restored gypsy caravan and a pool with a pool house.

The main house contains three bedrooms and two bathrooms “with a further two occasional bedrooms”. There is a driveway that leads o a double garage. A short path through the garden leads to the main entrance of the house.

This leads into the beamed dining kitchen, in traditional style yet equipped with all mod cons. Off the kitchen is a beautifully bright day room, with its large windows overlooking one of the many terraces and the garden. There is a further living room with French doors to the garden, and a gorgeous fireplace – perfect for winter evenings.

True to its age and evolution, the three bedrooms, dressing room, study and two bathrooms are well distributed across the two upper levels of the house, defined by quirky staircases and irregular shapes. Rooms are spacious and full of character.



Why buy it?

Estate agent Leggett Immobilier says: “This is a really special place. Chocolate box pretty, packed with the character features expected in a property dating from the late 1700s, it is set in a haven of mature, immaculate gardens which include a beautiful pool area, pool house and ven a romantic antique gypsy caravan – think Enid Blyton's  – The Famous Five.

And the photos: 

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The post-Brexit tax rules on selling second-homes in France

British second-home owners in France who want to sell their properties are being warned of an extra layer of administration - and expense - in place since Brexit.

The post-Brexit tax rules on selling second-homes in France

Brits wishing to sell property in France may now need to appoint a représentant fiscal (tax representative) in France in order to properly declare the sale to French tax authorities. 


This law applies to people who own property in France but do not live here – mostly that would be second-home owners but it could also apply to, for example, anyone who has inherited property.

This requirement has always been the case for non-Europeans such as Americans, Canadians and Australians and now also applies to Britons since the end of the Brexit transition period. People who live in another EU or EEA country are exempt.

The law is based on residency, not nationality. So if, for example, you have your main residence in the UK but have an Irish passport, you would still be covered by this requirement.


As well as EU residency, there are a couple of other exemptions;

  • If you sell your property for less than €150,000
  • If you have owned the property for more than 30 years (in which case the sale is exempt from capital gains tax and social security contributions).

What is a représentant fiscal?

This is simply a representative for tax purposes in France, and the person does not need specific qualifications in law or accountancy.

The following can be appointed:

  • A company or organisation already permanently accredited by the tax authorities;
  • A bank or credit institution operating in France;
  • The buyer of your property, if they are domiciled in France for tax purposes (they do not need to be a French citizen);
  • Any other individual who is domiciled in France for tax purposes (they do not need to be a French citizen) – in this case they will need to be accredited by the local authority;
  • If the property is in Paris, the individual will need to be accredited by the Île-de-France tax authorities – département de Paris-Pôle gestion fiscale Centre-Missions foncières, 6 rue Paganini, 75020 Paris. Tel: 01 53 27 46 45

If you decide to appoint an individual rather than a company as your représentant fiscale, bear in mind that the process can be quite complicated, so it would be better to check that they are confident in dealing with the tax authorities, to ensure that you don’t end up with unfinished business with the tax office.

If you chose a company, they will naturally charge for the service. 

Whichever representative you chose, you will need to provide a dossier of documents relating to the property sale and also confirming that you are a tax resident of a country outside France (tax returns, banking information, for example).

Will you have to pay tax on the proceeds of the sale?

If your main residence is not in France, you have no other income in France and you do not complete the annual French tax declaration you will not usually have to pay tax in France on the proceeds of the sale, provided your total estate is worth less than €1.3 million.

Properties worth more than €1.3million may be liable for the impôt sur la fortune immobilière (property wealth tax).

You will of course have to declare the income from the sale in the country where you are resident and, if applicable, pay capital gains tax.

What about French property taxes?

If you have owned property in France you will have been paying the taxe foncière and taxe d’habitation.

These will cease, but bear in mind that taxe foncière is charged based on who owned the property on January 1st of the relevant tax year. So if you sold your property in February 2022, you will still get a tax bill in autumn 2022 to cover that year. Only the following year will the new owner become liable, unless the sale contract for the property included an agreement to share or split outstanding taxes.

Find more information on the Internationals section of the French tax office website HERE or pay a visit to your local tax office in France. Find your local office by searching ‘Centre des Finances publiques’ plus the name of your commune – tax offices are open to the public on a walk-in basis and the staff are usually friendly and helpful.