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The Best Lakes for Sale in France - 2022

A guide to the best French lakes for sale in 2022

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.

Super popular Carp lakes

If lake fishing is your passion then it's highly likely you've tried Carp fishing. And if you haven't then you probably should. These mammoth fish can provide a great challenge. But the joy of hauling a giant Carp out of the water is like nothing else. France has been a very popular destination for Carp fishers for many years. It has all the benefits of being close enough to get to reasonably easily, whilst at the same time ensuring you definitely feel like you're on holiday. France not only has some of the best Carp fishing destinations for holidays - you can even buy your own! For the price of a semi detached house in the south of England you can get a fully stocked Carp lake (or even two) with houses and secondary accommodation in the bargain. One of the most popular episodes of the Channel 4 TV programme, I think "No Going Back" featured a family setting up a fishing holiday business. Although there were inevitable challenges the venture proved very successful. With any business there are hoops to jump through. Certificates are needed and not all lakes will be suitable to form the basis of a business. But if you are willing to put in the graft and carry out all the steps necessary you really can create a very attractive venture.

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.

Who needs the sea when you've got a lake?

Several inland land locked areas of France have utilised lakes to increase their attractiveness to tourists. We all know that holiday makers are inevitably drawn to the coast for it's sun, sand and fun. But many locations that are not on the coast have have developed attractive beaches at the sides of their lakes. They'll even allow developments of restaurants and sports facilities alongside lakes in order to provide more of a seaside feel. These inland coasts are really popular in the hot summer months - not just for tourists but locals as well.

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. Nearer to home and much easier to get to are Normandy and Brittany which have more than their fair share of lakes. 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.

 
 

Two carp lakes, 2 houses and 3 chalets in the heart of Normandy
Basse-Normandie
Manche

Two carp lakes, 2 houses and 3 chalets in the heart of Normandy

676,000 Euros

At the heart of the Normandy countryside waiting to be discovered you will find the Mill lakes, a haven of peace surrounded by nature, woodland and greenery. The property offers great potential and includes 2 spring fed carp lakes of 13000 m² and 4100 m² (which can be drained down) and a carp-holding pen. The lakes allow for day and night fishing and are stocked with carp upto 22 kg Within this tranquille setting are 2 houses and 3 chalets and 1.75 hectares with building consent

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Beautiful Lake of 2.78 h/6.5 acres set in 6 h/15 acres of woods and land with fisherman's cabin
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

Beautiful Lake of 2.78 h/6.5 acres set in 6 h/15 acres of woods and land with fisherman's cabin

149,950 Euros

This stunning lake is set in 15 acres of beautiful Limousin countryside with wooded areas and pasture. The property includes a lake,cabin, outbuildings, paddock with field shelter and pool

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2.8 Acre rural plot including a lake.
Centre Val de Loire
Indre

2.8 Acre rural plot including a lake.

18,000 Euros

Tucked away in the countryside, just five minutes from the picturesque town of Saint-Benoit-du-Sault, lies this 1.13 ha plot of land, which includes a lake ( of approximately 2.800m2, & with a depth of around 1m to 2m ). The lake is fed by surface water from the adjacent fields. Although currently not stocked, it has in the past been stocked & used for fishing; being the perfect quiet spot to relax.

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Magnificent lakes former fish farm
Poitou-Charentes
Vienne

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Magnificent lakes former fish farm

395,000 Euros

This stunning site, situated between Limoges and Poitiers stretches over more than 54 acres (22 hectares). Formerly a fish farm, it comprises three lakes of 2.5 acres, just under 10 acres and just under 15 acres respectively. A further 6 small stock ponds, a large agricultural building and a wooden tractor shed complete this rare and exceptional site. Agricultural zone with possibilty to build a farm house.

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Charentaise Gem – Magnificent Home, Grazing, Paddocks & Lake
Poitou-Charentes
Charente

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Charentaise Gem – Magnificent Home, Grazing, Paddocks & Lake

485,000 Euros

An utter gem of a traditional Charentaise farmhouse, with a magnificent grange (barn) and various outbuildings, with a marvellous parcel of good grazing and well drained land – (for horses or whatever!) of some 7 hectares plus, including a lake and a copse (so useful for firewood), spectacular views, nearest neighbour about 200m away, so not isolated.

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*** Reduced Price *** Stone Farmhouse + 2 cottages + 2 studios, total 318m² living space,
Languedoc-Roussillon
Aude

*** Reduced Price *** Stone Farmhouse + 2 cottages + 2 studios, total 318m² living space,

650,000 Euros

This charming farmhouse comes with 2 renovated cottages and 2 studios giving a total of 8 bedrooms and the potential for immediate rental income. This property has a lovely garden with mature trees and is surrounded by tranquil countryside backing onto a beautiful wooded area. There is over 36ha of land available including 4 wells, a small lake and a large olive grove. There are also rights to gain access to a nearby lake. There is a barn,

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Prestige Carp Fishing Business, Land, Lake, Houses and Fishing Lodge
Poitou-Charentes
Charente

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Prestige Carp Fishing Business, Land, Lake, Houses and Fishing Lodge

683,000 Euros

Situated in the Charente, not far from Confolens is this well-established business with bookings well into 2022 1 House, 1 Lodge - 1 lake SEE BELOW FOR FURTHER INFORMATION The current family bought as a joint venture and have developed it into a fully booked, respected, recognised and well branded business concern. The business has a strong media/website presence.

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Lucrative Fishing Business in the Charente For Sale
Poitou-Charentes
Charente

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Lucrative Fishing Business in the Charente For Sale

973,000 Euros

Situated in the Charente, not far from Confolens is this well-established business with bookings well into 2022 3 Houses - 2 lakes SEE BELOW FOR FURTHER INFORMATION The current family bought as a joint venture and have developed it into a fully booked, respected, recognised and well branded business concern. The business has a strong media/website presence.

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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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