Moving to France from the UK

The average house price in the UK now sits at around £227,000 – up 5.58% year-on-year, yet a budget of just £100,000 could easily land you a spacious three-bed stone cottage property in France in many rural parts of the northern coastline, such as Brittany and Normandy.

Go further afield into the Massif Central region, the same budget would buy you a couple of farmhouses. And even if something with a luxury feel is more up your street, then a chateau would certainly be achievable if selling an average-priced UK property.

In contrast, a 50 square metre pied-a-terre in Paris would set you back about €400,000 (or £350,000 at the time of writing), with anything in the first arrondissement proving significantly more expensive.

Where in France should I choose?

Access, climate and budget are three deciding factors. The top tranche of the country is within a reasonable distance to drive and is therefore popular with families seeking beach or activity breaks, with bikes and paddleboards on the roof rack.

Beaches in France
Normandy and Brittany offer fabulous beaches and plenty of properties near them for under £150,000. Half-timbered village houses and granite farmhouses are the local vernacular, respectively.

Sunshine in France
For guaranteed sunshine, the South is an obvious choice. Languedoc (average price €179,000) can provide an affordable alternative to the sought-after Provence / Cote d’Azur region. Whilst the French love new-build homes, British buyers prefer traditional village houses, farmhouses (mas) or country houses (bastides) with more character.

Ski chalets in France
Up in the Alps, for example, the traditional Savoyard chalet is the dream for many, but there are now plenty of new stylish lock-and-go ski apartments.