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Best Property for Sale in France with Barns - 2019

A selection of ten of the best properties on the market in France with a barn in 2019

French property for sale with a dependence

If you're looking for a property to buy in France in 2019 (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!

2019 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. 2019 is a good year to find a bargain property in France, and there are few better bargains than properties with dependences.

 
 

Farmhouse, outbuildings and more than 3 hectares of land
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

Farmhouse, outbuildings and more than 3 hectares of land

177,000 Euros

Farmhouse with barn, outbuildings and more than 3 hectares of land. In the process of renovation with a large part already done, geothermal heating, double glazing, solar photovoltaic installation, new roof on the barn and covered terrase. Beautiful view of the countryside.

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Stunning Renovated Fermette in Rural Location
Limousin
Creuse

Stunning Renovated Fermette in Rural Location

280,000 Euros

Stunning restored fermette with barns, garage and 2 terraces. Rural location, five minutes from Gouzon (small town with all amenities). Beautiful & spacious rooms, all south-facing and double glazing throughout. Full central heating by gas & log-burner. Very large fully-equipped kitchen, utility room, downstairs bathroom, study/bedroom 4 & 68m2 lounge/diner. Three very large bedrooms upstais, plus very large bathroom. The house sits on a plot of 10,000m2 (2.5 acres).

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For sale, Auvergne, farmhouse, outbuildings, land 4990m2.
Auvergne
Allier

For sale, Auvergne, farmhouse, outbuildings, land 4990m2.

85,000 Euros

For sale in the Auvergne a farmhouse with barn and outbuildings and a plot of land of 4990m2.Layout: On the ground floor a veranda, a kitchen, spacious living room, space for washing machine and a bathroom with WC. On the first floor a landing with 2 bedrooms, a third, to finish, bedroom and a fourth room. General description: Below the living room is a cellar. An adjoining barn with several stables and storage space (approximately 100m2 floor space).

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   Located in a lovely location
Limousin
Creuse

Located in a lovely location

88,700 Euros

Located in a lovely location with the river running through the garden is this detached stone house with barn and surrounding garden of 2236m². The house is fully habitable and just requires some refreshing internally, and included in the sale are 1.2 hectares of nearby woodland. The house comprises : On the ground floor : equipped kitchen, living/dining room with patio doors leading to the terrace, and a bathroom with shower, double sink unit and WC.

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Detached farmhouse with stunning views and no neighbours
Centre Val de Loire
Indre

Detached farmhouse with stunning views and no neighbours

69,930 Euros

Rare opportunity to buy a 2-bedroom detached farmhouse with barns, surrounded by its own land (3.57 acres or 14,457m2), boasting uninterrupted views over the Indre countryside and its own tree-lined, gravel drive. The house also benefits from its own solar panels, which generate the property’s electricity.

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Lovely semi detached village house with garage
Limousin
Creuse

Lovely semi detached village house with garage

38,500 Euros

3 bed Village house to refresh, 70m², semi detached, with barn and courtyard .............................................................................

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Large farmhouse with outbuildings and two acres of land
Auvergne
Cantal

Large farmhouse with outbuildings and two acres of land

206,000 Euros

Large imposing farmhouse with barn and pigsty built in granite, two acres of land and panoramic views over the Cantal countryside. The house is divided into two parts - one part renovated with an entrance hall, large living area and kitchen, tiled floor, exposed beams and stone and an inglenook fireplace with woodburner. On the first floor, three bedrooms and a shower room. The old part of the house has many original features - wood panelling, parquet and a granite sink.

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Delightful country property with stables
Bretagne
Côtes-d'Armor

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Delightful country property with stables

199,000 Euros

A charming, light and spacious family home, set in a peaceful hamlet with country views, this property comprises; living room with fireplace and woodburning stove, large dining room, again with a woodburning stove in the fireplace, spacious fully equipped kitchen, utility room, downstairs bedroom with en suite facilities. On the two upper floors are a mezzanine, two double bedrooms and a family bathroom. Large plot of land and a super stable block with barn for storage.

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Renovated farm house with barn for sale near Saint Nicolas la Chapelle (73590)
Rhône-Alpes
Savoie

Renovated farm house with barn for sale near Saint Nicolas la Chapelle (73590)

735,000 Euros

Renovated farm house with barn for sale near Saint Nicolas la Chapelle (73590) in Savoie. This authentic Savoyard property is set on flat land and benefits from stunning views of the surrounding mountains. It is made up of 3 separate parts and is composed as follows: - Ground floor : reception room, kitchen, bunk bed room, bathroom, wc and 2 cellars - first floor : 3 large en suite bedrooms (1 family room with additional bunk bed area).

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character house, 5/6 bedrooms, 1663m² of land
Midi-Pyrénées
Hautes-Pyrénées

character house, 5/6 bedrooms, 1663m² of land

292,600 Euros

Completely renovated river stone barn, of approximately 260m², with 5 bedrooms (6 including a mezzanine with en-suite), large sitting room of 52m², reception room of 45m², 3 bethrooms and 3 WC; on a plot of land of 1663m² with barn (200m² with attci space), consevatory, pool (5X10, salt and diatomaceous filtrations, liner replaced in 2018), fountains.

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Big village house with barn, situated on the banks of a river
Centre Val de Loire
Indre

Big village house with barn, situated on the banks of a river

149,000 Euros

Region Le Blanc, Belabre: very nice house with barn, cellars and garden. Situated on the banks of a river, with direct access to the water, in a village with all commerce's just around the corner.

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Bungalow for sale 3 bedrooms ,2000m2 land South facing
Poitou-Charentes
Vienne

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Bungalow for sale 3 bedrooms ,2000m2 land South facing

91,000 Euros

Our ref- AI4174 Bungalow with attached garage and garden of 2000 m2. This bungalow has a kitchen/dining, a very spacious lounge, 3 double bedrooms and a bathroom. There is an attached garage which can also be used as a utility space as there is behind the house an open garage with barns. Beside the house are fruit trees and an open barn where it would be ideal to create a terrace for the warm evenings.

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