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.
Buying a second home, whatever the size, style, region or age, is not something to be undertaken haphazardly. Indeed, it is important to determine the outlines of your project, as well as your motivations in order to know what to look for. For those who don't fall within the category of ‘love at first sight’, for a property, its garden, its architecture, the neighbouring village, its annexes that offer development potential, its isolation or, on the contrary, its proximity to major roads, the BARNES Propriétés & Châteaux specialists are here to guide you in selecting the most suitable shortlist.
For over 25 years, our approach has been based on customising the acquisition process by presenting properties that specifically match your criteria. Starting with the key questions. Do you want a second home in the country where you can spend your weekends away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Are you looking for a possible family home with space for your children and grandchildren? Are you up for some DIY/gardening, or would you prefer live-in ready? Or is it both a personal and professional venture, such as a B&B? It is vital to have a good outline of your project, taking into account your financial resources, of course (do you own your primary residence? Is this your first experience of this type of property acquisition? etc.). And with a long-term outlook, as a country home involves costs (charges and upkeep) that need to be anticipated in order to enjoy your dream home to the full. We see it time and time again, the more honed the search, the more efficient the viewings. And we often find that our clients recommend us to their friends, who also subsequently decide to buy a property in the same region.
The BARNES Propriétés & Châteaux team has over 25 years of experience in working with French and international buyers, particularly in guiding them through the various administrative procedures involved in buying a country home. Discover our selection of country homes for sale on the BARNES Propriétés & Châteaux website.
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