€102k Stunning Thatched Cottage for Sale In France, Normandy – Menil En Ouche 27, just 2 hours to Paris! What a perfect, tranquil maison secondaire! This lovely cottage of chaumière & colombages is nestled in its own woodland piece of heaven.
Less than 10 minutes from Bernay (27300) and an hour to Deauville, (did we mention 2 hours to PARIS?) set at the end of a Normandy country lane, this utterly charming, cluttered & ramshackle, thatched cottage is waiting for your personal touches, décor & some renovation.
Bernay is a lively, lovely market town with all the conveniences you’ll need. First settled in the 5th century, it’s built on a Roman settlement, thriving on the marshes related industries. Because of the diversity and abundance of the agricultural produce of the area, the town has a history of hosting market fairs, such as the “Foire Fleurie” each Palm Sunday. Bernay holds a large street market each Saturday, which takes over much of the old part of the town.
How perfect is this for your vacation home in France? We absolutely adore the chaumière & colombages, although it might need a tiny bit of attention.
It’s 2 bedrooms with different elevations, tiled floors throughout and in all, has about 100m², with — get this — over 4700m² of your own private, rambling, fenced-in forest & countryside… we see the potential for a couple of fluffy sheep, perhaps a cow, maybe a donkey or two, plenty of chickens and some guard geese. And of course a couple of Scottish Deerhounds, but that’s just our little fantasy…
There’s several outbuildings, equally as charming, including a garage & a chalet barn, you must ask the agency for more photos, this has a lot of potential!
Wouldn’t this make a lovely guest house or ‘gites in France’ dream come true?
The agency claims this gorgeous property needs ‘complete renovation’, but I disagree. It’s very cluttered, it’s tired, the wallpaper was a poor choice and it’s very ‘lived in’, but once tidied up, there’s a huge upside here. It certainly looks habitable.
There is definitely some aesthetic improvements to be made, not the least of which is chucking out the plastic furniture & 70’s décor, but once that’s done, once it’s had it’s new paint, a touching up of the plaster, cleaning the windows, this has a lot of ‘wow’ factor going on.
It consists on the ground floor of an entrance, a fitted kitchen, a living room of 30 m² with its fireplace, a toilet. You have to look at the bones on this one. Get past the clutter & detris, and there are stunning beams, lovely panelling and plaster work & gorgeous tiled floors. The mistake they made was trying to wallpaper over lime plaster, from the looks of it. The kitchen can certainly be upgraded, but it functions, right. There’s niches & corners galore.
Upstairs you will have a landing leading to two bedrooms, a bathroom and an office and lots of interesting fixtures that can use updating. Quickly.
This is a lovely little piece of paradise in the heart of Normandy, and as we always say, location, location, location.
How easy is it to buy property in France as a foreigner?
Check out our comprehensive article on ‘how to buy property in France as a foreigner”, for more information. There are currently no restrictions on foreigners buying property in France, however, you may find the process a bit more difficult as a non-resident. This is France, and that means a lot of paperwork and due diligence.
If you’re working with a real estate agent, the process is likely to be relatively straightforward. But you’ll still need to make sure you read up on what taxes you’ll need to pay, and any visas needed so you can live in your new French home once you’ve bought it. Thankfully, in this digital & social networking age, you can prepare yourselves in advance with the wonderful, thorough and diverse social media groups & websites that now exist and are proliferating on the web.
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Buying property in France after Brexit
Even though the UK has now officially left the EU, as a UK citizen, you’ll still have the right to buy property in France as a non-EU citizen. You can even rent it out if you want to.
However, as with anyone from outside the EU, you will now need to make sure you have a long-stay visa if you plan to stay in France for more than 90 days at a time.
Can I buy property in France and get residency?
Unlike some other countries, France doesn’t have a ‘Golden Visa’ or other investment scheme for property purchases. This means that for UK citizens post-Brexit, although there aren’t restrictions on foreigners buying property, you’ll now need to go through the same process as any other non-EU citizen to get a visa to live in France – and then to apply for permanent residency if you’re eligible.
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This is a truly enchanting property, with much potential for not a lot of investment, other than your own ‘sweat equity’ in the cleaning up and modest works that need doing. Click here for the agency contact information, and we always recommend calling rather than emailing. Good luck!