Lake Pavin, Auvergne
With its old volcanoes, its lakes and vast high pasture lands, Auvergne offers authenticity and a real change of scenery. Property in Auvergne is without doubt among the most affordable in France. Half timbered houses, thatched cottages, farmhouses and houses in rammed earth are all part of the landscape. Of course, this is not a destination for party goers and clubbers, but nature lovers as well as fans of Romanesque art and medieval chateaux will find what they are looking for here. Not to mention those visiting the spas, because they have been famous here for hundreds of years. The Romans already used the hot water from the volcanoes. So why not look at the property for sale in Auvergne?
Formerly the province of Bourbonnais, the Allier is a peaceful department in preserved countryside. Wooded countryside with magnificent forests, the Allier gorges and rolling hills make this department an ideal destination for a restful holiday or peaceful retirement. There are a lot of castles and romanesque churches enrich the villages, each one more beautiful than the others. Property in Allier is very affordable with many barns or farm cottages to renovate in the countryside. But one can also easily find a house for sale in Moulins or Montluçon if you prefer city life. And for a good investment, buying an apartment in the spa town of Vichy is ideal, with the number of people who come for spa treatment all year round.
The belltower of Charroux, Allier
Land of extinct volcanoes where magnificent lakes have since formed, Puy-de-Dôme is a paradise for hikers and outdoors enthusiasts. With several ski resorts and a lot of spa resorts, this is a department where sport and health are well thought of. Property in Puy-de-Dôme is varied and very affordable. What do you prefer? A house in Clermont-Ferrand to take advantage of the historic heritage of the town? A chalet in Super-Besse to get on to the ski slopes easily? Or some land around Saint-Nectare with views of the Monts Dore? In any case, do not forget that the best remedy after a long hike or a long day at the Vulcania theme park: a plate of local cheese with one of the good local wines!
Village of Saint Nectaire, Puy de Dôme, France
A real paradise for nature lovers, Cantal offers breath taking landscapes around the biggest extinct volcano in Europe. All kinds of activities take place both summer and winter: hiking, cycling, fishing, skiing, cross country skiing... If you add in the Romanesque churches character villages, theatre and dance festivals, it is not surprizing that both eco and cultural tourism are booming. Despite that, property in the Cantal remains affordable and one can find a lot of houses for sale there, whether it be in Aurillac or Saint-Flour, for example. And maybe even, you could buy, around Salers, an old mountain 'buron', a cheese making barn.
Aurillac, Cantal, Auvergne
The River Loire and its tributary the Allier, run through the Haute-Loire which is essentially a rural department with strong Occitan traditions. Hundreds of churches and chapels, as well as many UNESCO listed world heritage sites, attract thousands of visitors during the warmer months, tourists and pilgrims going to Compostela. It is thus the ideal department to get into the tourist business, with bed and breakfast, or holiday cottages, as prices are very affordable for this kind of property. But you could also feel like moving there simply for a peaceful lifestyle. So a character house in Brioude, or an apartment at the heart of Puy-en-Velay... up to you to choose. And if you were to prefer the quiet of the countryside, buying an old farmhouse around Yssingeaux could be very much up your street.
Le Puy en Velay, Haute-Loire