Country properties and homes are generally an ideal place for family weekends or holidays. A property market dictated by the seasons and perfectly adapted to an age where authenticity takes pole position.
The idea of a country property or home came about in the 19th century, in parallel with the gradual expansion of the rail network. Initially a privilege of the upper class and the gentry under the Second Empire, they became more widespread with the industrial development of the Third Republic. At the time it was fashionable to own a holiday home at seaside resorts or spa towns with their coveted splendour. The idea of renovating old farms or former landed estates gradually took root over the 20th century. A trend made possible by the spread of motor vehicles, which made it possible to reach previously inaccessible parts of the countryside. The third wave came in the 50s and 60s. Restored or in their original condition, properties with period charm have one truly unique characteristic - they tell a story. Indeed, today’s buyers are for the most part couples looking to pass down the values attached to land and nature to their children. Discover the selection of country homes for sale from BARNES Propriétés & Châteaux.