The Best Lakes for Sale in France - 2018

A guide to ten of the best French lakes for sale in 2018

Buying a property with a lake in France

A country as large and diverse as France offers many possibilities for anyone seeking something special when buying property. In France you can find mountains, plains, pasturelands, calm sea, wild ocean, sophisticated cities and rustic hamlets. Whatever your dream, there is a good chance that you can find it in France. One type of property purchase that is difficult to achieve in the UK is the purchase of a lake. Whether it is a fishing lake, pure and simple, or a property with its own lake within the boundaries, France offers many chances to make this dream come true (French Properties with Lakes).

Lakes for all reasons

There are as many reasons for wanting to own a lake as there are lakes… well, almost. Keen fishermen, it goes without saying, dream of their own, well stocked private lake, a place to invite friends, maybe to share their passion for peaceful days by the water's edge, and for bringing home the catch of the day for tea (Fishing in France). Then there are those who hope to build a business around their lake, perhaps running fishing or sailing holidays in conjunction with ownership of gites (Owning Gites and Chambres D'Hotes (B&Bs) in France) or a hotel or campsite (Buying a campsite in France). A lake, after all, is a great selling point for any leisure industry enterprise.

A lake adds something to property

Lakes can also be sporting centres, if large enough, or just for your own enjoyment if smaller… somewhere you can enjoy a peaceful evening, drifting around in a rowing boat, or where the kids can paddle their canoes. It can make a great focal point for a party too, a place for all your guests to cool off before the barbecue gets going! Of course, a lake doesn't have to be used for anything, it can just be a calm point of beauty to enjoy. Large or small, a lake adds something to a property and makes it really special.

French lakes and where to look for them

Lakes are plentiful in France, in fact, almost everywhere you go you will see them shimmering in the sunlight, seemingly one around every corner. The Limousin region (Limousin Property Guide), in particular, has so many lovely lakes of all shapes and sizes that it is known as the Lakeland of France, but there are lakes everywhere. Some of the prettiest of lakes are found in the mountains of the Pyrénées, the Alps (Rhône-Alpes Property Guide, Alps property) and the Massif Central, but you don't have to limit your search to any one area. Follow this guide to the best lakes that have come onto the market and take your pick.

 
 

Secluded ½ acre Lake & Land situated near to Ste Sévère.
Centre Val de Loire
Indre

Secluded ½ acre Lake & Land situated near to Ste Sévère.

18,000 Euros

Quiet secluded fishing lake, ideal for relaxation, situated in a valley surrounded by trees. Plenty of fish to keep you interested. Not suitable for building as no services available.

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Private Fishing Lake - Stocked and Ready to Fish!!
Centre Val de Loire
Indre

Private Fishing Lake - Stocked and Ready to Fish!!

21,000 Euros

Here is an opportunity to purchase a well-kept private fishing lake and land, approximately 2090m² the lake is fed by natural springs. It also comes with a small storage shed (6m²) and there is a stone built overspill sluice. The lake is well stocked with carp, roach & pike and has a variety of trees e.g. poplars, willow. A large conifer hedge creates a natural border to the rear of the lake whilst a smaller laurel hedge borders the front.

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Lake of 1.5 acres in plot of 3.5 acres.
Poitou-Charentes
Vienne

Lake of 1.5 acres in plot of 3.5 acres.

33,000 Euros

Situated within a short walk of a major road with shops, cafe and hotel, this is just a lake - it does not have permission to build anything more than a cabin. reference : 70502

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Pretty 4.9 acre fishing lake Haute Vienne
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

Pretty 4.9 acre fishing lake Haute Vienne

80,000 Euros

Pretty 2 hectare fishing lake on 3.7 hectares of agricultural land. Ideal for relaxation and fishing in a perfectly calm environment. Easy access, just 20 minutes from the nearest town. Work required to bring the lake up to standard

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Lovely 10 acre property with two lakes.
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

Lovely 10 acre property with two lakes.

150,500 Euros

Georgeous property with two lakes, cabin, well, septic tank, fields, woodland, orchard. The lakes comply fully with the current regulations and are reasonably well stocked. This is a property with loads of possibility's. The lake's measure around 5000sqm each, or 1.25 acres. The total is around 4.3 hectares. To be seen if you want absolute quiet without being to far from the bakery and pub ( about 1 mile!)

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Detached Home With 1.5 Acres & Carp Lake
Bretagne
Morbihan

Detached Home With 1.5 Acres & Carp Lake

175,000 Euros

Reduced for quick sale. Carp Lake & 1.5 Acre Gardens on edge of a pretty Breton Village – just 45 mins to the beaches.

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Stunning bungalow with lakes in 9 acres.
Poitou-Charentes
Vienne

Stunning bungalow with lakes in 9 acres.

231,000 Euros

Bungalow with fitted kitchen / diner, sitting room, super conservatory, 3 bedrooms of 10m2, 12m2 and 20m2 and show...

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5.6 HECTARES, house, lake plus 2 barns
Aquitaine
Dordogne

5.6 HECTARES, house, lake plus 2 barns

244,950 Euros

A piece of paradise for nature lovers! 5.6 HECTARES, renovated house, 2 barns, fishing LAKE, idyllic situation. Ideal for good lifers, self sufficiency, small scale farming or people with horses....

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Country House With Two Lakes, Equestrian Facilities On 21 hectares
Poitou-Charentes
Vienne

Country House With Two Lakes, Equestrian Facilities On 21 hectares

331,000 Euros

Lovely country house situated in a beautiful and quiet setting without close neighbours with beautiful views over the countryside and its own lakes. The property comprises of a three bedrooms house, barns and outbuildings including horses stables, two lakes filled with carp, all on 21 hectares of mainly pastures.

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with lake of 2.4 acres, 30mn driving from the Baie de Somme
Picardie
Somme

with lake of 2.4 acres, 30mn driving from the Baie de Somme

399,000 Euros

Ref 3474 : Rare on the market! superb property built on 1 acre of planted land, with lake of 2.4 acres, located 30mn driving from the Baie de Somme and its beaches, 15km from Abbeville, 80mn driving from Calais, 3km from shops and train station. Its 230sqm living space include: on the groundfloor: entrance hall, spacious living/dining room (60sqm) with exposed beams and large stone open fireplace, superb views on the lake, fitted kitchen, dining area, back kitchen, bathroom.

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Nr Angouleme (16) - Superb country estate with 83 ha including a large lake
Poitou-Charentes
Charente

Nr Angouleme (16) - Superb country estate with 83 ha including a large lake

3,650,000 Euros

This is a truly stunning, spectacular property which has been built in a commanding position, overlooking a beautiful lagoon extending to some 12 hectares whilst set in grounds of over 80 hectares of meadows and oak woodland, together with a truffle field, pool and a tennis court. This multi purpose residence extends to approximately 800m² and the majority of the rooms benefit from lovely views over the park, countryside or the water.

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Take your pick of wonderful French lakes

So, there is our selection of lake properties currently on the market, from a simple private fishing lake to a property with real business potential.

Additional articles which may be of interest:


Leisure Lakes of the Languedoc - Perfect Property Location?
Gites for sale
The Best Chateaux on the Market
French Mills
House Renovations 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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