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Best Equestrian Property for Sale in France - 2017

A selection of ten of the best French equestrian properties on the market in 2017

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.

2017 - why buy equestrian property in France now?

2017 looks like being a year full of promise for property seekers in France. Property prices are often reduced as sellers become more realistic, so 2017 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:

 
 

House 4 Bedrooms, 3 Barns And Land 6 8ha
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

NOW SOLD

House 4 Bedrooms, 3 Barns And Land 6 8ha

189,000 Euros

equestrian property in a farm house with 4 bedrooms, a separate barn at the entrance of the property, 3 barns at the farm house, workshop and 8ha 60 of land. The farmhouse offers 122m² of living space and comprises: Entrance into a large room (17,23m²), 1 bedroom or office (16,23m²) to the right, living room (32,9m²) with fireplace and wood stove, and fitted kitchen: the dishwasher and the New Home gas stove are included in the sale.

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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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Important equestrian property on 15 hectares of a single
Auvergne
Allier

Important equestrian property on 15 hectares of a single

243,800 Euros

30 km from Vichy, country of Lapalisse, sell important equestrian property on 15 hectares closed, shaded and of a single part. 3 houses: main house 140 m2 + attic + under complete soil, in excellent state of habitation + a longère of 70 m2 to finish to renovate + a longère of 100 m2 to renovate totally. +600 m2 of outbuildings in excellent state of carcass work of which 20 x 13 roundabout + 6 covered boxes, very quiet area, in the heart of a breeding area

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 Lovely property, ideal equestrian facility.  Not far from L'Absie town centre.
Poitou-Charentes
Deux-Sèvres

NOW SOLD

Lovely property, ideal equestrian facility. Not far from L'Absie town centre.

294,000 Euros

Lovely property, ideal equestrian facility. Maison de maitre type house dating from 1850. Comprising marble floored entrance hall, living room, kitchen, utility, office, wc, laundry, and upstairs: 4 bedrooms: 2 with balcony, bathroom, wc. Boiler room, cellar, garage, loftspace. Barn 200m², stables. Well, mains water and drainage, 2500m² land, possibility of several hectares more.

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

Smallholding or equestrian property with 13.4 hectares.

312,700 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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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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*** Excellent value for money *** Exceptional estate set in a unique environment of
Languedoc-Roussillon
Pyrénées-Orientales

*** Excellent value for money *** Exceptional estate set in a unique environment of

1,990,000 Euros

A property such as this has never been seen on the market, between sea and mountain, in the middle of a splendid, surprising and unexpected landscape in the Pyrenees Orientales, Languedoc Roussillon, South of France. Located at mid altitude with a very sunny and mild micro climate while still receiving enough rainfall to have always prevented any fire. The 200 ha on the land registry actually come to more than 300 topographic hectares on the ground. Thanks to its mainly Southern,

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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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