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Best Equestrian Property for Sale in France - 2018

A selection of ten of the best French equestrian properties on the market in 2018

Equestrian property in France

Equestrians from all over the globe come to France to purchase property. France is a country with a long standing love affair with the horse. Camargue horses, for example, were recognised in the days of Julius Caesar, while the first State Stud Farms were created in 1665 by Louis XIV. And this passion for horses is just as strong today. (Horses in France.)

Equestrianism is serious business in France

Equestrianism is also taken seriously in France. It was in Paris (Paris Arrondissements Property Guide), in 1900, that the first equestrian events were part of the Olympic Games! The World Equestrian Games were held in Normandy (Lower-Normandy Property Guide, Upper-Normandy Property Guide) in 2014, raising France's equestrian profile even further. So if you keep horses, whether for business or pleasure, France is the ideal place to live. It's a vast country, with acres and acres of unspoilt countryside, ideal for horses and riding.

Best location for French equestrian property

Location is always important, and even more so when horses are involved. Many good equestrian properties are found in the north of France, in Normandy, Picardy (Picardy Property Guide) and Brittany (Brittany Property Guide). Poitou-Charentes (Poitou-Charentes Property Guide), the Loire Valley (Central Loire Valley Property Guide, Pays de la Loire Property Guide) and the Limousin (Limousin Property Guide) are also popular, with our selection of properties below covering most of these areas. But while some areas have more horse friendly properties than others, it is possible to find homes with land and stabling anywhere in the country. Indeed, many French properties come with land, unlike in crowded Britain.

Conditions in France are different from the UK

Northern and central areas are traditionally popular with horsemen, as they offer a moderate climate (Weather in France) and plentiful pasture land. While conditions in parts of France, notably the south, can be very different from those your horses have been used to in the UK. Some find it hard to adjust to the heat and flies of summer, so finding a property with stabling and shelter is important in the warmer regions.

Equestrian property - what are the requirements?

The best equestrian properties have good grazing land, stabling, outbuildings and access to off road riding. Properties with schooling facilities are also desirable, so look for one with a sand school.

2018 - why buy equestrian property in France now?

2018 looks like being a year full of promise for property seekers in France. Property prices are often reduced as sellers become more realistic, so 2018 is the year to find a real bargain.

The perfect French equestrian property

So if you're considering moving to France (Moving to France - how to go about it) with horses or wanting to keep horses in France, look no further. The perfect equestrian property for you may be one of the following:

 
 

Lovely equestrian farm .
Aquitaine
Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Lovely equestrian farm .

215,000 Euros

Charming equestrian farm in the South West of France, composed of a lovely dwelling house, 2 barns and stables with 9 horseboxes on a 20760 m2 piece of land. Great potential for a gite.

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La Barre En Ouche 3 bed detached country house with 24,869 sqm of land, ideal for horses
Haute-Normandie
Eure

La Barre En Ouche 3 bed detached country house with 24,869 sqm of land, ideal for horses

217,300 Euros

Spacious detached pretty house built in colombage style (traditional timber framed) with a large garden and flat good quality fields in a pretty rural location, close to La Barre en Ouche. Situated in a country hamlet, built in the traditional timber frame colombage style with a tiled roof. Arranged over two floors, the accommodation comprises:

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Normandy – Detached Stone Farmhouse with Paddocks & Stables
Basse-Normandie
Manche

Normandy – Detached Stone Farmhouse with Paddocks & Stables

243,000 Euros

Equestrian Possibilities - Set in the Normandy countryside and accessed via its own long driveway, passing one of the paddocks, you arrive to find this delightful stone built home nestling in a private and peaceful location without being isolated.

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Smallholding or equestrian property with 13.4 hectares.
Poitou-Charentes
Deux-Sèvres

Smallholding or equestrian property with 13.4 hectares.

308,275 Euros

House and 13 hectares, ideal equestrian or smallholding. 1970s house offering 164m2 living space over 2 floors, comprising upstairs: entrance hall, 38m2 living room, fitted and equipped kitchen, office, 3 bedrooms, 8.5m2 wet room. In the basement, an appartment consisting of a living room, bedroom, shower room, wc and kitchen. Laundry/boiler room and 44m2 garage with double doors. Oil fired central heating, septic tank. Outbuildings: hangar, 2 barns, laying shed, milking shed, workshop.

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Desirable property ideal for equestrian use. 3,8ha and Gite
Pays de la Loire
Maine-et-Loire

Desirable property ideal for equestrian use. 3,8ha and Gite

360,400 Euros

Property with over 9 acres of land. 3 bedrooms, plus a cottage with 3 bedrooms, situated close to the National Equitation School in Saumur with numerous outbuildings.

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Ancient Water Mill. Equestrian. 5 mins Moncoutant.
Poitou-Charentes
Deux-Sèvres

Ancient Water Mill. Equestrian. 5 mins Moncoutant.

731,500 Euros

Superb 17th & 18th century water mill, now a fully renovated family home with 350m² living space, decorated in a style commensurate with the standing of the property. Comprising an entrance hall, 50m² living room with woodburner, 28m² dining room with woodburner, fitted kitchen 25m², utility, 5 bedrooms (ranging from 14 to 30m², one is downstairs, one has a 25m² dressing room and bathroom), 3 bathrooms, library, laundry. Extensive attics.

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Stunning Equestrian Property with 40 hectares land
Midi-Pyrénées
Gers

Stunning Equestrian Property with 40 hectares land

750,000 Euros

Magnificent Equestrian Property on 40 hectares of land with beautiful views on the surrounding countryside

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Holiday Complex - Farmhouse & Holiday Cottages, 12 Stables, Pool & 29 Acres Land
Centre Val de Loire
Cher

Holiday Complex - Farmhouse & Holiday Cottages, 12 Stables, Pool & 29 Acres Land

791,000 Euros

Country holiday complex converted from 19th century farm comprising 3 bed house with heated swimming pool, 3 holiday flats & 2 holiday cottages for up to 30 people. Large function room & equipped kitchens suitable for up to 300 people. Equestrian property provides 12 modern stables & access to green lanes for horse riding & carriage events. 12 hectares of private fields & woodlands accessible from the stables. Plenty of tourist activities within 1 hour's drive.

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stunning Equestrian Property for sale
Limousin
Creuse

stunning Equestrian Property for sale

901,000 Euros

Over the past 12 years, I have been lucky, honoured and privelidged to have worked with some of the worlds top equestrian people, visiting properties that most of us can only dream about, most at riduclous high prices, that certainly in my terms becomes monopoly money. Every so often I do come across something different, something special and unique, something that has the wow factor, and this property is one of those and at an affordable price. This former stud farm producing Selle Francais showjumping horses is now for sale offering peace and tranquility in an isolated spot, but within easy access of motorways. I remember this property from many years ago in its day as a stud farm, and with a price tag of double the asking price today.

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Equestrian domain on 23570 m² with maison de Maitre, parc, barns and brand new horses manege.
Languedoc-Roussillon
Hérault

Equestrian domain on 23570 m² with maison de Maitre, parc, barns and brand new horses manege.

1,380,000 Euros

Equestrian domain on 23570 m² of attached flat land (plus 17200 m² of non attached garrigues land), with maison de Maitre with 300 m² of living space, divided into 2 apartements (one to refresh) and several stone outbuildings (stables, boxes etc..). Possibility to create 2/3 gites. Newly created horse manege/yard, peaceful landscaped parc and pool.

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Additional articles which may be of interest:


Equestrian property in France
Registering competition horses in France
Pets and Animals in France
Taking Pets to France - New Rules from 2012
Travelling to France with Pets
Buying a Business in France

About the author

Joanna Simm moved to the Languedoc area of south-west France in October 2004 having found her property through French Property Links.

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