I can daydream, can’t I? I may not be ready to launch a new life in France but that needn’t prevent me from planning. After all, working out what’s important in the property we buy is a vital part of the process.
It’s also a very pleasant way to pass a lunch hour in the office.
Take this townhouse (pictured above and below) in the medieval part of the town of Mauroux, in the Lot département. It’s within walking distance of the river and opens onto a high street.
The ground floor would lend itself perfectly to the cheese and wine business Damon and I plan to open. There’s a large kitchen where we could prepare cheese dishes to serve and give cookery classes.
It has 3 en-suite bedrooms and is on sale for €190,000. A bit of outside space would be most welcome, though. As it stands, I can’t see where people could sip a glass of Chablis or enjoy a scoop of Monbazillac-and-white chocolate ice cream en plein air on a warm day.
Or what about this Napoleonic-era townhouse in the heart of Villefranche-de-Lonchat in Dordogne?
This former butcher’s has been partly renovated to create a blank canvas. It’s situated in the centre of the bastide village, with other shops and bars right next door. It’s priced at under €120,000 because it needs some further work to finish it off, including rewiring and re-plumbing.
It’s right opposite a square where people can park, so it is well located. Again, though, it opens right onto the street, so tables outside would be an issue.
Finally, my lunchtime peruse of the property websites revealed a building that is already up and running as a bistro. Importantly, that means it comes with an alcohol licence. It’s in the town of Lusignac, near Riberac and Verteillac, in the north of the Dordogne.
Outside space isn’t an issue with this one – there’s plenty. And the price, just €135,000, is great. Sadly, only the ground floor of the building is on the market. The upper storeys are rented out separately and don’t form part of the sale.
Maybe that’s just as well. Damon and I aren’t ready yet – we’re upskilling, paying off the mortgage and getting our Brighton home ready to rent out. Plus, we’ve already had our hearts broken over one property this year, so we would be wary about going to see another just yet.
However, researching is certainly a great way to spend a lunch time.