September to March is hunting season; do check and see what your potential neighbors have as far as packs of hunting dogs. These can make a bloody racket that can’t be avoided.
Speaking of noises; the cattle farmer neighbors have regular pickups for the calves each week; after the young ones are taken away, the mothers will low distractedly (in not very low tones, mind you) for several days afterward. It’s not nearly as much of a sound problem (emotionally distressing perhaps) as the packs of dogs.
In the countryside, one does have to accept the hunting season for other reasons; so this time of year while not so tourist-driven, can become populated with the sights/sounds/dangers of the hunting season. We just had a notice posted (well not ‘just’ but it was two weeks ago) on the bulletin boards in our commune about the hunting meeting that took place July 24 in preparation for hunting season. In the countryside, this is a pretty avid thing. May I recommend keeping an eye out for these bulletin boards/posts? You might want to stop and read the notices … they can be illuminating about things happening in the commune.
One important thing, and perhaps here’s where my cynicality might rear its ugly head: French neighbors, out in the countryside, can be a bit moody. Our neighbor is as I mentioned, a cattle farmer and he would love to have our land…he isn’t always pleasant about this unrequited desire of his. We have some lovely meadows that he’d love to acquire and use for pasture. The tension is sometimes palpable.
And finally, a thought about restrictions to what one can build on one’s property even in the countryside. Our neighbors live in view of other houses and a paved road and there is a restriction on them, or some sort of requirement I should say, to keep their property looking in keeping with the history and the aesthetics of rural, stone-built village scenery. They can’t build a swimming pool on their property since it would be visible and would conflct with the aesthetic. Just something to perhaps keep aware of.