This little cottage with large barn behind is in a tiny village 10km from Mayenne in Normandy. It sits on a slope, giving three levels inside the house. Stone built, with a slate roof, it needs considerable work to be done at the back. It is south facing, with a pear tree climbing up the front, and comes with a reasonable-size orchard. It is basically three large rooms with fireplaces at both ends, but has an attic that would convert. It has water and electricity. About pounds 9,500 through Splendid Isolation (00 33 243 03 09 21).
This two-room stone cottage on the edge of a village five minutes from the medieval town of Lassay les Chateaux, in Normandy, is in fairly good condition. Its attic could be converted into two more bedrooms and a bathroom. It has a fireplace with a wood burner in the main room, mains water and electricity, but no septic tank. The garden is about quarter of an acre and is surrounded by fruit trees. Around pounds 9,800, through Splendid Isolation, as above.