The Best Lakes for Sale in France - 2017

A guide to ten of the best French lakes for sale in 2017

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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Village house with barn and lake
Poitou-Charentes
Charente

Village house with barn and lake

53,000 Euros

Three bedroom village house close to market town of Confolens, barn and separate land plot with approx. 3000 sq m lake.

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Renovated 3 bed house, carp lake, extensive outbuildings in nearly 4 acres, huge scope
Pays de la Loire
Mayenne

Renovated 3 bed house, carp lake, extensive outbuildings in nearly 4 acres, huge scope

137,800 Euros

PRICE REDUCED Renovated 3 bed house dating to c1750; stocked carp lake, former stone house, numerous stone outbuilding, huge barn, hanger, cave, gardens and land of nearly 4 acres 15800sqm. This property offers a wealth of opportunities.

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Ploermel -Beautiful Detached Home With Small Lake & 2 Acres
Bretagne
Morbihan

Ploermel -Beautiful Detached Home With Small Lake & 2 Acres

195,000 Euros

Beautiful detached residence located near to the town of Ploermel and close to a large lake with fishing walks and water sports plus 18 hole golf course. Ideally placed for use as a full time home or stunning holiday property, within easy reach of supermarkets, shops and restaurants.

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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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Stone house with lake
Midi-Pyrénées
Gers

Stone house with lake

244,000 Euros

Sitting on the Gers/ Tarn et Garonne borders boasting fabulous views of the local village and surrounding countryside, this pretty stone house of 140m2 has a fishing lake and several fruit trees within its 1.5 acres of land. All on 1 level with 3 good sized bedrooms and a large lounge /kitchen /dining room of 50 m2, it could benefit from a new kitchen and bathroom. Some decorative work is required throughout the house and there is the possibility to extend in to the adjoining hangar.

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Farm House, 2 Gites, 3 hectares, 2 pools and small fishing lake near Bagnoles de L'Orne
Basse-Normandie
Orne

Farm House, 2 Gites, 3 hectares, 2 pools and small fishing lake near Bagnoles de L'Orne

244,800 Euros

Steeped in history is this lovely old stone farm house with 2 Gîtes, in a peaceful location set in close to 3 hectares of land, which includes an open fronted garage (which is suitable to convert to another 1 bed Gîte), barn, stable, small fishing lake with carp and other fish, and 2 swimming pools. All this and close to the pretty and popular spa town of Bagnoles de L'Orne, makes this an ideal location for tourists.

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This property with swimming pool and its own fish lake sits in a quiet hamlet
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

This property with swimming pool and its own fish lake sits in a quiet hamlet

265,000 Euros

This property with swimming pool and its own fish lake sits in a quiet hamlet just a couple of minutes from the village of Lussac les Eglises with basic shops and amenities and is around an hour from Limoges.

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Mill house with two bedroom gite and lake
Poitou-Charentes
Charente-Maritime

Mill house with two bedroom gite and lake

467,250 Euros

Close to the popular town of Mirambeau, this converted mill house has four bedrooms, a two bedroom gite, large land plot, kennels and a lake.

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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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