French Property of the Week: Charming stone house with outbuildings in the Brittany countryside

Can you see yourself settling in a historical home with its own mill surrounded by beautiful woods and fields in Brittany? If so, read on to find out more about this week's property of the week.

French Property of the Week: Charming stone house with outbuildings in the Brittany countryside
Photo: Leggett Immobilier
Where is it?
The property is located in the town of Plougras in the Côtes-d'Armor in Brittany.
The nearby village of Guerlesquin (3 km away) has been named a Petit Cité de Caractère, meaning it is of particular interest to tourists, thanks to its historical traditions and picturesque charm. The village hosts regular markets and cultural community events such a “world championship” stone throwing competition every August.
Surrounded by beautiful countryside, there is also access to the beach with the stunning Plestin-les-Grèves only 20 km away. 
Brest airport, with daily flights to Birmingham and Southampton, and Roscoff ferry port, with boats to Portsmouth, Plymouth and Poole, are both under one hour away by car.
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How much does it cost?
The property costs €393,750 (£350,317 or $455,631) depending on exchange rates.
Describe the property
The property has 136m2 of livable space on a plot of 30,137m2 (3 hectares). 
Set just off a country lane, a sweeping drive passes through the property’s beautiful fields and woodland before reaching the country garden surrounding the main house. 
In total, the property has six character-filled buildings, housing nine bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The grounds of the property also contain a stream and a 1000 m2 lake.
The entrance to the ground floor of the main house leads into a spacious living/dining area and a kitchen, both with original features including stone walls, exposed beams and fireplaces. The ground floor also contains a bathroom with separate toilet and a sunny, south facing patio with a BBQ. 
A double en-suite bedroom is accessible at the side of the house, and four further double bedrooms with two shower rooms can be found on the first floor. 
The basement, which also features original stone walls, has a storage room and a large games room with access out to the garden.
Outbuildings include a sauna with two showers, a log cabin with two bedrooms and a shower, a large barn/workshop and a log shed. 
Finally, there is a mill house with the original mill and workings still in place. The rest of this historical building has been converted into a gîte with a living area and corner kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
This property has great business potential. Already well established as a group holiday destination, it could also be used as a small farm or equestrian property. 
Alternatively, it could make a spacious but cosy private home with plenty of room to welcome guests.
Why buy it
Estate agent Leggett Immobilier says: “This is a delightful collection of stone buildings providing accommodation for 16 people plus owner. Tucked away in 7 acres of land yet only minutes from the pretty village of Gurelesquin, it’s an ideal business opportunity, equestrian property, small holding or just a beautiful family home.”
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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.