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A selection of ten of the best properties on the market in France with a barn in 2017

French property for sale with a dependence

If you're looking for a property to buy in France in 2017 (Property sales in France), you may have noticed advertisements that mention properties having a "dependence" included in the sale. Canny sellers are using the word "dependence" more and more to highlight their properties in today's competitive market.

Property for sale in France does not always mention dependences

However, not all property adverts mention dependences, even if they exist. Many of those selected below don't mention the word dependence in the blurb, yet they actually come complete with dependences.

French property with a dependence - what is it?

So, you may be wondering now what, exactly, a dependence is. The meaning of the word, when related to property in France, is simple. A dependence is an extra piece of real estate that is included in the deeds of the property. However, this rather grand description doesn't always pan out in reality. The dependence can be anything from a fully developed and functioning extra house or gite, through to a hard standing at the bottom of the garden where an outbuilding once stood.

Dependences can be barns or garages

Some dependences are simply buildings or the remains of buildings that belong to a property, that are used or were once used in some way by the owner. For example, a barn or a garage may be classed as a dependence.

Dependences can be separate from the main property in France

The dependence may, or may not be, within the grounds of the French property. Some dependences can be separated from the main property by quite a distance. An example of this might be when a property in France is split between a large family on the death of the owner. Here the dependence may be located quite far away from the main property, with several generations of inheriting family members sorting out their claims. The existence of dependences often comes down to the complex nature of French Inheritance Laws. (Inheritance Tax in France and the Assurance Vie or PCP (Private Client Portfolio Bond).)

French property and French Inheritance Laws

A property in France is not willed to a chosen person, as in the UK, but can be split between several or even many surviving relatives. If, for example, there are three or more surviving children, only 25% of the estate is disposable according to the will of the owner. The children would receive 75% shared between them. Grandparents and grandchildren are also entitled to a share of a property under some circumstances. Even the children of an adulterous affair involving one of the owners of a property have protected rights.

Advantages of a dependence

The value of a dependence can vary as much as the type. Clearly, an extra house is of benefit, as it can be used as a guesthouse providing extra accommodation for family and friends. Or it can be turned into a money spinning business as a gite or B&B (Owning Gîtes and Chambres D'Hotes (B&Bs) in France). Even if it is a ruin, it can, subject to planning consent, be built up into a viable property. Obviously, this has an advantage for a home owner and can increase the sale value of a property.

French property with a dependence can offer an investment opportunity

Some of the properties we've highlighted below have potential for expansion. They could be developed to provide an income from gite rentals. So they may represent bargains as low prices and potential for development present great investment opportunities. (Gites for sale.)

French planning permission and dependences

Planning permission will be required if the dependence is separate from the main house (Building or extending property in France). If it is attached, under the new regulations brought in in January 2012, the dependence may be developed into extra accommodation without planning consent up to an area of 30% of the size of the existing house (French Planning - new planning laws from 1st January 2012). If the dependence is not attached to the main house, planning permission should still be granted as long as the dependence was once used for residential purposes. Not all dependences can be developed into residential accommodation, so make sure you know the situation regarding this before you sign.

No real disadvantage to owning French property with dependences

As long as the dependence belongs to you, as the owner of the main property, there should be no real disadvantages to owning it. Old agricultural buildings may be unsightly, and if you have no use for them you may have to demolish them. But as long as they are not protected by conservation laws there should be little problem in doing this. You should check this possibility our before you buy.

If a dependence is on your French property, make sure it is yours

However, you need to be aware that just because a dependence appears to be sited on your property, it may not necessarily be included in the sale price of the property and may not be available to buy. Some dependences may belong to a different party altogether, who may not wish to relinquish their rights.

Other people may have rights of way

A farmhouse, for example, may be sold with land and the main house and outbuildings, while the farmer retains ownership of one barn and the right to access and use it. This can be quite disturbing for the owner of the main property. Imagine relaxing in your garden on a sunny day yet having a tractor rumbling past you with loads of manure every half an hour or so!

2017 is a good year for French properties with dependences

A property with a dependence, whether or not it is called a dependence or a barn or outbuilding, can be a very wise buy. Take a look at the selection we've put together below, and see what you could do with your dependence. 2017 is a good year to find a bargain property in France, and there are few better bargains than properties with dependences.

 
 

Sell house fully restored with great dependence
Basse-Normandie
Manche

Sell house fully restored with great dependence

26,000 Euros

Sell house fully restored with great dependence. House with 2 rooms on the ground floor. Land of 5 134sqm. DPE: without heating. WARRANTY: ZEN'IMMO Resale warranty.

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Village Property To Renovate With Barn
Poitou-Charentes
Charente

Village Property To Renovate With Barn

32,200 Euros

Good value property in a village with amenities and close to the market town of Mansle. It needs renovating but offers good potential with a kitchen, 2 reception rooms, 2 bedrooms upstairs with a very spacious landing which could be used as a study or 3rd bedroom, bathroom. Attached barn of 80m2 and a courtyard.

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   A 3 bedroom house in a small Limousin hamlet with attached barn and a small house to renovate
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

A 3 bedroom house in a small Limousin hamlet with attached barn and a small house to renovate

45,000 Euros

A 3 bedroom house in a small Limousin hamlet with attached barn and a small house to renovate. The main house is needs modernising but could be lived in, it has 3 bedrooms and a barn attached to the left of the property. To the back of the property there are out buildings and a small house to renovate it also has 700m2 of attached garden. This could make a good holiday or Permanente home.

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Bay Mont St Michel, Bretagne
Bretagne
Ille-et-Vilaine

Bay Mont St Michel, Bretagne

49,900 Euros

BAY OF MONT SAINT MICHEL - 35 Bretagne Village house, with living room with fireplace and kitchen on the ground floor. Floor to renovate comprising 2 rooms, landing part for a SDE. Dependence including bathroom, toilet, storage. Garage with cellar in the basement. All on a plot of 445 m². Provide work.

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3 Properties Plus Barn and Garage in 2000sqm (half an acre)
Basse-Normandie
Orne

3 Properties Plus Barn and Garage in 2000sqm (half an acre)

71,000 Euros

3 Properties Plus Barn and Garage - Habitable Stone House 1; 2nd stone cottage + workshop. Separate stone cottage 3 to renovate with barn and garage. Attached level gardens and plenty of parking in all c2000sqm (half an acre)

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Pretty fermette with 3 beds, attic, attached barn, lots of potential, garden of 1478m2
Auvergne
Allier

Pretty fermette with 3 beds, attic, attached barn, lots of potential, garden of 1478m2

80,000 Euros

Auvergne, Allier 03, 10 minutes from Bourbon l’Archambault in the countryside. Pretty fermette comprising on the ground floor: kitchen, large living room with fireplace and wood burning stove, a bedroom with cupboards, bathroom and wc. On the firswt floor: a bedroom, bathroom, wc, and another bedroom to finish. Attic, and pantry. There is a barn attached with lots of possibilities for conversion. The roof and woodwork are all in good condition and the whole is set in 1,478 m2 of garden..

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Old stone house with barn and garden
Languedoc-Roussillon
Aude

Old stone house with barn and garden

149,800 Euros

Minervois, close Caunes-Minervois : Charming semi-detached old stone property comprising a 2 bedroom house of about 75m² and a barn on 2 floors, about 350m² usable space in total. Terrace in front and garden of about 170m², with room for a pool, at the back. Total plot size 420m². Quiet located at the edge of a picturesque village surrounded by vineyards. Rare in the region, ideal holiday home!

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Dordogne / Charente border - For sale : Two stone cottages with barn and land
Aquitaine
Dordogne

Dordogne / Charente border - For sale : Two stone cottages with barn and land

228,960 Euros

Two beautifully renovated, adjoining cottages set on extensive grounds in a peaceful hamlet and offering a total of five bedrooms. Currently the owners live permanently in one cottage and use the other as a 'maison d'amis' for visiting friends and family. Alternatively you could let one or both of the properties out as gîtes on a commercial basis or perhaps there is room for two families or for an independent house for a dependent relative.

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Maison de Maitre. Large Grounds. Covered Swimming Pool
Bourgogne
Saône-et-loire

Maison de Maitre. Large Grounds. Covered Swimming Pool

299,000 Euros

Elegant property constructed in Late 1880, spacious 4 bed detached home, separate fitted kitchen, scullery, large lounge/diner, 3 separate shower/bathrooms, new roof in 2000, double glazed throughout, cellar, shutters to all ground floor windows/doors, swimming pool, large stone built dependence (new roof 2003 & repointed 2006), rear west facing terrace added in 2005 with outside lights.

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3 Double Bedroom Longère With 2 Gîtes And Outbuilding To Convert
Bretagne
Morbihan

3 Double Bedroom Longère With 2 Gîtes And Outbuilding To Convert

403,925 Euros

This delightfully restored 19th Century granite longère comprises of a main house, plus 2 gîtes and an outbuilding to convert to create a further 2 gîtes. Situated in a small hamlet with excellent transport links to Josselin with all amenities, and only a 30 minute drive to the walled coastal city of Vannes this property has been a successful business for the past 8 years. This property offers immediate income with the potential to create a lot more.

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