French Properties

See out the end of winter with these cosy homes ideal for beating the chill

February is often the hardest month, the tail end of the long, dark days of winter and not quite Spring, especially as there can be a cold sting in the tale. Here are five properties perfect for a cosy escape, from a chocolate-box ski chalet to a pretty presbytery.

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This charming Norman property offers a beautiful stone fireplace in the centre of the sitting room, whilst an Aga-style cooker is at the heart of the inviting sunflower yellow kitchen. This three-bedroom property in an acre has a cheery price tag too!

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An imminently comfortable property with warm and refined interiors in the Cevennes. A log-burning stove sits in a handsome fireplace in the lounge – and this eight-bedroom farmhouse would be perfect as an artist or yoga retreat.

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Could there be anything cosier than a traditional Savoyard ski chalet? This three-bedroom one above Samoens is a lovely example, with a log-burning stove, and beautiful mountain views to enjoy from the under-floor heated lounge – or the hot tub outside.

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On the edge of the prestigious Margaux wine village of the Bordeaux area, this is a lovely contemporary-styled three-bedroom property with modern comforts such as a log burner and the latest insulation. On the Medoc wine route, it would also make a good holiday rental property…

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The Limousin has become popular for its wide-open spaces and great affordability. This is a charming four-bedroom former presbytery with some wonderfully expansive rooms with original wooden beams, and beautifully decorated interiors warmed by log-burning stoves.