We too are looking for a long term rental as we have offers on our UK house and intend to move permanently to France. needing 6-12 months rental in SW France, however, at this time of year we have found it difficult to find anywhere, even those advertised are apparently already rented out. www.frenchproperty.com is an obvious example. Please owners, take your properties down as soon as possible after lease is signed. Its no good telling us it is available in May 2016! We may have only 5-6 weeks to find somewhere and with mum in law and 2 older well-behaved dogs in tow....had 18 emails returned saying "sorry but not available"...one possible, but we will have to move out for two weeks as it has been used as a "holiday let" -Beggars can't be chosers however. Tried Le Boin Coin - again loads of rented out properties, now going agent to agent for an unfurnished as they seem to have the cream of the crop.
If by any chance anyone on SW France has a 3 bed property, outside village or town, to rent we would be very interested. (Preferably Limousin) - also seeking min 2 hectare property, not semi-detached, with farm outbuildings - not for conversion but use for animals, then perhaps even a rent to buy? (only while the process goes on).
We will know is about 3-4 weeks if sale is proceeding. As with all things, and having been let down once before at the 11th hour, we are not counting chickens. As Mandy Davies says below, we would be prepared to pay rent in total up front for 6 months, and also premium for dogs - around €600-800/month), depending on property. Anything considered - house sitting/caretaking etc.