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The Best Lakes for Sale in France - 2019

A guide to ten of the best French lakes for sale in 2019

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.

 
 

Pretty summer house and lake
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

Sold/Under offer

Pretty summer house and lake

117,000 Euros

This pretty summer house with its lake of about 4.4 acres set in just over 14 acres of land is a perfect haven. The lake with average depth of 1.5 metres / 5 feet meets current regulations.

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Fabulous stocked lake with shooting
Centre Val de Loire
Indre

Fabulous stocked lake with shooting

324,000 Euros

Here we present an unique opportunity to buy a 7 hectare lake on a property that has 10 hectares in total. Well maintained, this sand based lake is well stocked with carp and is also home to ducks and geese. Peace and quiet is assured due to its countryside location in the heart of the Berry region.

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House and carp lake business with gite
Pays de la Loire
Sarthe

NOW SOLD

House and carp lake business with gite

534,000 Euros

French Longere Main House 3 bed 2 bath BnB 2 bed 1 bath Gite 2 bed 1 bath 3 Acre lake and stock pond Barn Covered BBQ area 16 Acres land inc mature woodland Established fishing and BnB business 3hrs from main ports A very successful and registered commercial carp fishing lake set in a stunning location in the Loire valley. Fully booked for 2019 with forward bookings for 2020.

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Beautiful Maison De Maitre, with lake
Poitou-Charentes
Charente-Maritime

Beautiful Maison De Maitre, with lake

241,500 Euros

I am delighted to tell you about this super Master house which sits proudly in a hamlet around 7 kms from Montguyon. This property has fuel central heating, triple garage, (was the old cow sheds) well, bread oven, pool with decked terrace, the land is super, ideal for horses, and more land is available to rent if needed. The land is 14 404 m2 and there is a stocked lake

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14 acre lake, campsite with main building, shower blocks, chalets etc
Bourgogne
Yonne

14 acre lake, campsite with main building, shower blocks, chalets etc

Price available on request

Situated roughly 5hrs from Calais, ideal opportunity to acquire an exceptional leisure property offering a wide range of business possibilities. Main building with reception area, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, dining facilities and kitchen. 10 recent chalets and mobile homes and 60 camping pitches.

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Infinity pool, massive 250m² house, 2 amenities, gite, fishing lake, 5 acres of land, character
Aquitaine
Dordogne

Infinity pool, massive 250m² house, 2 amenities, gite, fishing lake, 5 acres of land, character

271,000 Euros

In its green and on the edge of a tiny hamlet, charming property composed of a massive 250m² house in good order, good size barn with storage and garage, infinity 10x5 pool, a fishing lake of about 1 acre, close to the town and all its amenities. The spacious house comprises 6 bedrooms, 2 kitchen, 2 lounges and by blocking a door, it is possible to have 2 accomodations and/or a gite, one with 4 bedrooms and the other one 2 with some decoration.

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Farmland with fishing lake.
Poitou-Charentes
Deux-Sèvres

NOW SOLD

Farmland with fishing lake.

28,000 Euros

5 mins drive from L'Absie 79. 3.4 Hectares of farmland, of which 1 hectare is a spring fed fishing lake. The land is rented until 2020, bringing in an income from the land. Meantime, the lake is yours to use as you see fit. It will never attain building permission.

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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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Stunning isolated property, with fully conforming carp lake
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

Stunning isolated property, with fully conforming carp lake

240,750 Euros

Situated 15 minutes from the city of Limoges in a very calm isolated position is this absolutely stunningly located property with 1.3 hectares of land and a fully stocked, fully conforming carp fishing lake. Property must be sold and is very negotiable

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Land of 8879m² with beautiful 4500m² leisure lake
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

Land of 8879m² with beautiful 4500m² leisure lake

29,000 Euros

The plot (non constructable) has good access and has some lovely trees. The lake is full of tench, roach and grass carp The property is situated 10 minutes from Saint Junien.

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   This magnificent manor house
Limousin
Creuse

This magnificent manor house

374,500 Euros

This magnificent manor house with a habitable surface of about 600m² dates from the 15th century and has been modified and extended over the centuries while maintaining its original features. It is set in a park of just over 6 hectares with a private lake. It is situated on the edge of ancient woodland and is on the outskirts of a small rural town but separated from it by the mature orchard ensuring peace and tranquility.

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Superb character property with lake
Poitou-Charentes
Deux-Sèvres

NOW SOLD

Superb character property with lake

279,500 Euros

A beautifully renovated character property situated in delightful grounds of around 8000m² which include a private lake and swimming pool and a detached guest lodge. Situated in the countryside about 5 minutes from the town of Cerizay, where there are shops and services. 15 minutes from the town of Bressuire, where there are all shops and services. Located in the north of the Deux Sèvres, 90 minutes from the Vendée coast and several airports including Poitiers, La Rochelle and Nantes. 4-5 hours

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Lake of approx 2 acres set in 3.5 acres with fisherman’s cabin and separate equipment store
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

Lake of approx 2 acres set in 3.5 acres with fisherman’s cabin and separate equipment store

70,950 Euros

Lake of just under 2 acres set in 3.5 acres with fisherman’s cabin and separate tool shed with attached hangar This very well maintained property is situated just 2 mins from the town of St Mathieu (1.5kms). St Mathieu is a bustling little town with a good selection shops and amenities e.g. supermarkets, bakers, butchers, pharmacy, Post Office, florists etc. The property is a great holiday retreat with mowed grass areas, mature trees and a pretty lake. The lake still has a 30 year license which is still valid but under current law the buyer will still be asked to update the lake to comply with current regulations, the owner is happy to arrange this work once a buyer is found (at his charge) or negotiate on the asking price if a buyer prefers to do the work them self.

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Riverside hamlet - cluster of properties in around 10 acres
Basse-Normandie
Manche

Riverside hamlet - cluster of properties in around 10 acres

420,000 Euros

Magnificent collection of properties in a lakeside setting a few kilometres from the Cathedral city of Coutances in La Manche, lower Normandy. This is like having your own private hamlet in the middle of Normandy countryside in a parnoramic setting – yet only a few kilometres from Coutances which has a good range of shops and amenities. The properties include a renovated millhouse and a lakeside property with decked area to the lake which has a stock of carp.

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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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