French Property of the Week: Riverside stone farmhouse in heart of la France profonde

If it's the peaceful life you are after then this property - which some would consider a bargain - that lies by a river in the heart of rural France will get you calling your bank manager.

French Property of the Week: Riverside stone farmhouse in heart of la France profonde
Photo: Leggett Immobilier
Where is it?
This stunning property is located next to the river in a hamlet near the village of Preuilly-sur-Claise in the Indre-et-Loire in west-central France. 
Preuilly-sur-Claise has all local amenities including a supermarket, bars, restaurants, a bank and a bakery.
The house is within easy reach of the Loire Valley chateaux and the nearest of these, Azay-le-Ferron is home to La Haute Touche — the largest safari park in France. 
But the appeal for animal lovers doesn't stop there. The property is also located near the Beauval zoo which has rare, giant pandas. 
The cottage is also in the ideal spot for exploring the wine growing areas of the Loire, as well as medieval villages such as the beautiful Angles sur L'Anglin, Loches where Joan of Arc met with the King of France and Amboise, the resting place of Leonardo da Vinci.
Preuilly-sur-Claise is an hour's drive from Poitiers airport (73 km) and just over an hour from Tours airport (85 km) both of which have flights to the UK and elsewhere in Europe. 
It is also half an hour's drive (34 km) from the nearest TGV at Châtellerault. 
Map: Google maps
How much does it cost?
The property is €200,090 or £175,039 or $246,838 depending on exchange rates. 
Describe the property
This beautiful property has three bedrooms, one bathroom and is a total of 190m2. 
The main entrance takes you into the heart of the home, a large French kitchen with an original fireplace. Off to the right is the large open plan living/dining room with exposed beams and a woodburner in the fireplace. The property also has a gas fired central heating system. 
The property also has an space and a large bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. 
The garden has a fantastic natural water feature, a spring which trickles through it. There are also numerous outbuildings including a barn, pig-sties, a bread oven and a stable.
There is a small road which runs between the property and the river but the field (2970m2) next to the river also belongs to the property and has fishing rights. 
Why buy it?
Estate agent Leggett Immobilier says: “This characterful property is full of original features, enjoys an exclusive location overlooking the river and is only around 1km from a village with all amenities, simply stunning.
“All in all this really is a wonderful property in a superb location. Yes there is some updating to do but it is well worth the effort.”
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Property taxes: How much will it cost to extend your French home?

Installing a swimming pool, building a garden shed, or adding a conservatory to your French home has become more expensive in 2023.

Property taxes: How much will it cost to extend your French home?

If you are planning a renovation project in 2023 you’re likely looking at rising cost for materials and labour due to inflation – but there is one other cost to consider; taxes. 

In France there is a one-off tax that has to be paid on certain building works, and the government has raised the rate for this.

The taxe d’aménagement, sometimes referred to as the garden shed tax, applies to all property development – construction, reconstruction and extension – of buildings that require planning permission or a building permit.

Garden sheds, swimming pools or extensions with a surface area of more than 5 square metres are subject to the development tax – although a 50 percent reduction is applied to the flat-rate values of certain buildings, particularly the first 100 square metres of main residences.

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The tax is collected by local councils, who set their own percentage rates for the tax, working off the base rate set by the government.

A decree published in the Journal Officiel set the base figures for 2023 at the following rates: 

  • €1,004 per square metre in Île-de-France (up from €929 per square metre in 2022);
  • €886 per square metre outside Île-de-France (€820 per square metre in 2022).

The flat-rate values per square metre of building space, which constitute the basis for the development tax, are revised on January 1st of each year according to the latest construction cost index published by national statistics body Insee. 

Additionally, specific rates are set for:

  • €250 per square metre  for a swimming pool (up from €200 in 2022);
  • €12 per square metre of ground-fixed solar panels (up from €10 in 2022);
  • €3,000 per wind turbine more than 12 metres high;
  • €3,000 per pitch for tents, caravans and mobile leisure homes;
  • €10,000 per pitch for a holiday chalet or bungalow.

The amount of the tax is calculated according to the following formula: 

(Taxable area multiplied by the government-set base figure) multiplied by the percentage tax rate set by the local authorities. This gives the total to be paid in cents. Bills are rounded down.

So, the tax for a 30 square metre extension in an area where the combined local and departmental tax rates total 6.25 percent would be calculated like this:

30 (the size of the development) x 886 (the base tax rate outside Ile-de-France) = 26,580

6.25 (local and departmental tax) x 26,580 = 166,125 cents, more usually expressed as €1,661. 

If the total payable is less than €1,500, you will receive a bill in the six months after planning permission was granted, with details of how to pay.

Otherwise, it is paid in two instalments, 12 months and 24 months after authorisation, with a 10 percent surcharge applied in cases of late payments.

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