We have been searching for an isolated property in the south of Creuse for nearly 12 months now. Short story: We moved to Charente in 2014 having bought a full renovation and soon decided that the Department was not for us!! Renovation in 18 months; sold house in two weeks to Brits (who else?) Since we knew the house was sold (June 2016) we have been searching for an isolated house with land in 23 (Creuse). We love this department, but after nearly twelve months of searching we are still no closer to finding what we want?
By isolated, I mean a house that is situated down a long track/chemin with no near neighbours and in a VERY quiet and tranquil spot away from roads and neighbouring houses. The more remote the better is our motto!! Creuse is officially the second least densely populated department in all of France after Lozere, yet can we find an isolated renovation project? Let’s just say we are finding it extremely difficult! We have now viewed 35 plus houses and only one or two have been close (but not quite right). Are we looking in the wrong department?
We have lived in very remote areas of Scotland and Wales in the UK yet here in deepest. darkest rural Limousin, it seems nigh on impossible to find a secluded house without immediate (within 500 metres) neighbours? This seems crazy to me as the UK is so densely populated compared to France, yet bizarrely it appears to have more remote areas. I can think of most of Northern Scotland, Mid Wales and parts of Northumberland that are much more remote than deepest rural France.
I do not think we are being particularly fussy but we just want a place that does not have immediate neighbours and has a nice amount (2 hectares or so ) of surrounding land? How hard can it be? Do you have an isolated house and if so where are you in France? Should we be paying a massive premium for this type of house? Would be interested to hear people’s experiences. We are not after a renovated house, but rather a ruin that is cheap, but with massive potential!!