French Property of the Week: Charming rural retreat in picturesque Charente

A stunning rustic home in Charente in western France, complete with lovingly restored original features would be the perfect property for anyone looking for the idyllic French rural retreat. Tempted?

French Property of the Week: Charming rural retreat in picturesque Charente
Photo: Leggett Immobilier
Where is it?
The house is situated in the hamlet of Saulgond, a ten minute drive away from the towns of Confolens and Chabanais (see map below) in western France. Both towns have a good range of shops and facilities.
On top of that, Limoges, world famous for its porcelain factories, is only a 40 minute drive away. It’s a great place for sightseeing and its great museums are definitely worth a visit.
Limoges international airport is also easily accessible from the town with direct flights to London, Manchester, Bristol and Leeds but also to Paris, Nice and Corsica.
The hamlet is a 20 minute drive away from the natural regional park of the Périgord Limousin, the perfect place for long walks with its beautiful forests and lakes.
The property is also a short drive away from a golf course.
Map: Google maps 
How much does it cost?
The property costs €249,500, $305,788 or £217,809 depending on the current exchange rate.
Describe the property
This picturesque property has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and is a total of 178m2.
On the the ground floor there is a spacious living room complete with a woodburner, double-height ceiling and mezzanine storage area. From the living room there are doors to the rear terrace, the dining room and the utility room.
The property also has a large kitchen.
Two of the four bedrooms on the first floor are complete with en suite bathrooms. Outside the main building there is a large attractive stone barn which is approximately 150m2. Inside the owners have created a workshop, another room that was used as a gym and a mezzanine area with lockable storage area.
The house has a private drive and a beautiful garden.
The generous sized south facing terrace at the rear of the house features a BBQ area and pretty fish pond. In the garden is a wonderful large koi carp pond with a jetty that the owners would be prepared to leave the new owners. There is also a private rose garden with a pretty pagoda and a vegetable garden.
What the estate agent says
Estate agent Leggett Immobilier says: “This beautiful house is full of character and has been lovingly renovated by the current owners with lots of attention to detail, retaining the original features such as stunning oak beams and pointed stone walls. The flexible layout would suit someone wanting to offer B&B/a guest wing, or for those wanting the reassurance of a ground floor bedroom and bathroom.”
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.