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If you’ve ever dreamt of a french property with a sea view, a home with a lake or a bolt-hole by the river to watch the world go by, here is a selection of properties that will offer some food for thought.  Here are our favourite properties by the water this month....


A recent study from the University of Exeter has shown the full extent of the emotional and physical benefits of living by the water.  The perfect tonic to the scrabble of daily life, waterside properties hold particular appeal for people looking for an active retirement as living by the water encourages a more active lifestyle as well inspiring time to think and reflect.  Not to mention an ever changing view, plenty of wildlife to observe and a cooling place to dip your feet on a hot summers’ day.


We have selected some of our best waterside properties in France:  There’s a beautiful french property with the Dordogne river running by, a successful gîte business by a river, a beautifully restored watermill in a secluded location with natural spring and geothermal energy supply, a Brittany bolt-hole in an idyllic spot that's perfect for walking, a city apartment in the cultural heart of Bordeaux with river views, and a magical house with swimming and fishing lake in the south of France.


Click on any of the properties below to see further details: 




Normandy farmhouse and gite near the beach

Beautifully renovated Normandy farmhouse & gite with 5 acres land, 20 mins from the coast

3-bed main house & 2-bed gite

Both buildings with lots of character features

Swimming pool

3 miles from traditional market town

20mins from the beach

1hr from Caen ferry and D-Day landing beaches






The Dordogne at your doorstep!

Very beautiful stone-built riverside house

An acre and a half of gardens and land

Large heated swimming pool

3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 receptions 

Good-sized living spaces

2km from local shops 

Just 40mins from Bergerac airport






A Hop, Skip and a Jump from a Beautiful Swimming Lake in the Aude

Just a short walk from swimming lake, tennis courts, the village & restaurant

A detached house with separate apartment - 5 bedrooms in all

A good-sized garden - perfect for BBQ's

Beautiful hiking trails in the surrounding hills

75km from Carcassonne Airport




Dating from 1790 and recently renovated, a beautiful old watermill, with plenty of Scope to make it your own

Lovely stone watermill 

A quarter acre of land that runs down to the river 

Master bedroom to be completed in your own style

5 mins from shops

An hour from La Rochelle airport




Meticulously Restored Watermill & 3 acres of woodland

3-bed secluded watermill 

Just under 3 acres of land

Natural spring, stream and pond

Geothermal energy supply

Private Location

45km from Bergerac airport






Enchanting stone country cottage in an idyllic setting, 30mins from the coast

'A little corner of paradise!'

2-bed cottage packed with quirky original features 

Almost an acre of land that runs down to the stream 

Just 30mins from the coast

Lots of pretty market towns nearby

Easy access to Brittany ferry ports



Chic apartment in central Bordeaux with views of the majestic Gironde river 

Right in the heart of Bordeaux

Prime location overlooking the river

Renovated first floor apartment

An array of shops and restaurants and the tramlink on the doorstep

Close to museums, restaurants, cafés & shops

20minutes from Bordeaux airport



If you’d like to explore our full catalogue of properties, click here.

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