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Buying a Fine Property in France

Fine Properties

If you want to buy a substantial character French property other than a Château, then this portfolio is probably the ideal place to begin your search. The phrase Fine Property or beautiful residence or dwelling, covers a plethora of different styles of property.


A Manoir (or gentilhommière) was historically a stately home owned by a country squire or landowner.
A fortified manor was one with defensive elements.
Traditionally the home of a gentleman farmer who owned the agricultural estate.


A bastide is the Provençal name for a Manoir.
It is usually a square or fortified stone house often set in grounds shaded by mature plane trees with fountains, ornamental ponds and enclosed by imposing gateways.
Generally quite substantial, they command a high price reflecting their imposing stature and rarity.


An attractive and pleasing building, generally originating from the XVIII Century, the ‘petit château’ or Chartreuse is usually built on one level, often with a courtyard on one side, terraces with balustrading, a tower or two and various outbuildings.


A Domaine usually refers to a substantial estate. This can be a vineyard, agricultural or hunting estate – but should not be confused with the gated Domaines developments of modern villas, to be found in the South of France.


A mas is a Provençal farmhouse.
More usual to find a modern version, built in the original style. Increasingly rare to find an unrenovated mas, they generally command a high price, in particular areas such as the coast or Luberon where they are even higher in price. Distinguishable features include painted shutters and dark interiors with small windows to keep out the glare of the midday sun.

Monastery/Priory/Convent - or Abbey

Buildings with ecclesiastical origins come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.
They incorporate abbeys, priories, monasteries and convents and, depending on their original use, may feature cloisters or chapels besides the main building.
They are often rich in architectural features and history and can be adapted to suit either private or commercial use.

View our selection of Fine Properties for sale, or to receive details of Fine Properties from Sifex, contact us on email: info@sifex.co.uk or telephone us on +44 (0)207 384 1200. Our office hours are 09.00 - 17.00 GMT Monday – Friday. If you leave a message, we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Regional Information

France is a large and varied country with each region and indeed each department unique from its neighbours. Our guide to each department can help you to understand more about the nuances of each area.

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Buying In France

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