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Best Property for Sale in France with Barns - 2020

A selection 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 2020 (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!

2020 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. 2020 is a good year to find a bargain property in France, and there are few better bargains than properties with dependences.

 
 

Grand House to Renovate With Outbuildings
Poitou-Charentes
Charente

Grand House to Renovate With Outbuildings

55,000 Euros

A grand house filled with character in need of renovating. In addition to the house, the property comprises also a small house to renovate, a barn and a hangar. All sat in a plot of 1200m² in a village in between the larger towns of Ruffec and Verteuil-Sur-Charente. A beautiful renovation project to make a wonderful family home. In detail, the house comprises: On the ground floor: Entrance (12m²): cement;Room (20m²): earth;Room (30m²): tiles, beams, fireplace.

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Vallée du Lot - House and barn to renovate
Midi-Pyrénées
Aveyron

Vallée du Lot - House and barn to renovate

15,000 Euros

Lot Valley - A house of the 19th century the middle of a potential space 90m² and a basement of 45m ²with its adjoining barn of an additional area of 60m². Set on a slight slope ground without opposite of 750m². A small outbuilding 15m² is on this set. Everything is to renovate. A very big potential to make gites / bed and breakfast. The road to St Jacques de Compostela passes within 100m of the house.

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Barn to renovate close to Doucy Valmorel - Le Grand Domaine
Rhône-Alpes
Savoie

Barn to renovate close to Doucy Valmorel - Le Grand Domaine

100,000 Euros

This is a large STONE and WOOD BARN in a sunny mountain village close to the DOUCY VALMOREL ski domain. It has a garden and fabulous views of the mountainside. It has easy access to the 3 VALLEYS and PARADISKI.

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Beautiful situation, house plus house to fully renovate, attached barn, separate barn
Limousin
Corrèze

Beautiful situation, house plus house to fully renovate, attached barn, separate barn

128,000 Euros

A must see! Peace and tranquillity guaranteed. Located in a hamlet with 2 other houses. Detached stone farmhouse over two levels 110 m2, partly renovated attached to small house to renovate 50 m2. Large barn with part for animals. 130 m2. Maps date the house back to 1597. Separate barn 76 m2 Bread oven 15 m2 On land 5,65 hectares with a natural spring that runs all year. 4 litres a second in winter around 2 litres in the summer.Another two springs on the land.

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   Partly renovated detached house with attached garden and barns
Limousin
Creuse

Partly renovated detached house with attached garden and barns

45,000 Euros

Partly renovated detached house with attached garden and barns. The house comprises of on the ground floor: a large living/dining room, kitchen with storeroom behind, two bedrooms and a bathroom with WC. On the first floor there is a large landing to renovate and two bedrooms. Single glazed, drainage by non-conform septic tank, heating by wood burning stove and electric radiators. Attached and non ?attached barns, garden of 1349m² with fruit trees and a well.

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Farmhouse, gite, barn, stables and garage on 8 hectares of wood and praire with stunning views!
Languedoc-Roussillon
Hérault

Farmhouse, gite, barn, stables and garage on 8 hectares of wood and praire with stunning views!

328,900 Euros

In the regional natural park of Haut Languedoc, on 8 hectares this gated domaine with woods and prairie grounds, with a small brook running through it, offers a villa-style farmhouse with 150 m² living space, a gite to finish), a barn, stables and a garage.

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Stone house to renovate with detached barn and garden overlooking the lake
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

Stone house to renovate with detached barn and garden overlooking the lake

18,500 Euros

Small stone house to renovate located near the town of Chateauponsac, with water, internet and electricity. The house is adjoining on both sides, and comprises on the ground floor a large room with wood burner, and kitchen, with another room, on the 1st floor a large room and a small room, a small courtyard. 25 meters is a large barn with 327m² garden with lake view.

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Stone built 3 bedroom house with barn and small garden area
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

Stone built 3 bedroom house with barn and small garden area

38,150 Euros

This property although situated in a small quiet hamlet is just 2 mins from the nearest large supermarket and 5 mins from the popular town centre of Bessines sur Gartempe. The town has large supermarkets, DIY stores and garden centres on it outskirts with the town centre having smaller artisan type shops, pavement cafes, bars and restaurants. The property has double glazed windows and a fully conforming septic tank but been has been left closed up for some time and is in need of some finishings, a good clean and tidy up.

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Hamlet house with lots of potential, a barn and a paddock
Centre Val de Loire
Indre

Hamlet house with lots of potential, a barn and a paddock

44,000 Euros

A partly renovated detached hamlet house with an attic that could be converted and an attached barn. The property includes a 2nd barn and a paddock which might make it ideal for someone with a pony.

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Old stone propertywith stone barn on  07HA 23 A land.
Aquitaine
Lot-et-Garonne

Old stone propertywith stone barn on 07HA 23 A land.

169,600 Euros

Great potential for this property in the heart of the countryside Lot-et-Garonnaise, on the edge of the Perigord, rare set overlooking a quiet but not isolated, this property is located 4.5 km from VILLEREAL. The property consists of......

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An opportunity to buy a character cottage in France, with a barn, outbuildings and some land
Limousin
Creuse

An opportunity to buy a character cottage in France, with a barn, outbuildings and some land

28,000 Euros

Sole agent and nbsp;: this semi-detached cottage is located close to Bonnat in North Creuse. Restoration began about 3 years ago. Windows and doors on groundfloor are new, pvc and double glazed. Two rooms are tiled and insulated, and the walk-in shower needs finishing, as well as the electricity. The barn's roof is also new. The house comprises a 6.5 m² hall, a 12 m² room, a 10 m² bathroom with planned toilet, a 8 m² kitchen to restore.

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For sale in the Creuse, stone house with barn and land.
Limousin
Creuse

For sale in the Creuse, stone house with barn and land.

40,000 Euros

For sale in the Creuse a, to renovate, stone house with barn and about 615m2 of land.Layout: On the ground floor there is a living area, a dining room and a kitchen. Furthermore, a bathroom and a toilet. Access to the barn where there is still room for expansion. On the first floor 2 bedrooms and a room/mezzanine.General description: A start has been made with the renovation. Septic tank is on standard. There is a cellar and a well.

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*Barn to renovate, 140 m² 4 rooms
Languedoc-Roussillon
Hérault

*Barn to renovate, 140 m² 4 rooms

85,000 Euros

Barn for renovation with great potential. In the center of the charming village of Nezignan L 'Eveque a stone barn to renovate with an existing floor area of 45 m2 and a further 2.5 levels. Building permit for 115 m² with possibility of extension of 35 m2 on the existing garage on the same surface. A spacious court yard of 30m2 and another little court yard of 20m2. Connectied to water and drains new windows. A great project!

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Detached character house and gite with barns and views
Poitou-Charentes
Charente-Maritime

Detached character house and gite with barns and views

199,500 Euros

Detached house with gite and barns, situated in a quiet location near Leoville. The house is situated in the vines with lovely views over the countryside.

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Farmhouse with attached barn and 1.5 hectares of forest.
Limousin
Creuse

Farmhouse with attached barn and 1.5 hectares of forest.

16,500 Euros

This farmhouse sits in a quiet hamlet on approx 760m2 of land with an additional 1.5 hectares (approx 3.7 acres, that is forest and not attached). It is on the border of the Limousin and the Auvergne. The property requires restoration, the asking price will be fixed as it is a low asking price. It is being advertised ahead of it going up for sale later this year but you can contact us now for some more information. It is part of a succession sale.

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