If you are looking for long term lets in France, there are a number of important factors that you need to consider. Here we have picked out 3 key considerations when searching for long term lets, France. At Go Languedoc we have established a reputation as the leading provider of long term lets in South France. One reason for this is that we visit all of our long term lets personally to capture more information about the layout of the house, the facilities and the locality. Another reason is that we live permanently in the South of France and we have amassed a great deal of local knowledge about the different regions and areas. We have also rented long term lets in France ourselves, so we are able to provide first-hand advice.
We arrange 40-50 long term lets a year and we have been dealing with clients in France for over 9 years. During this time we have identified some key factors that make the property lets a success.
Long term lets in France - location
If you are searching for long term lets, France, then you need to make sure that the location is absolutely right for you. Too often we find that we are organising long term lets for customers who have previously booked to stay in an area too quiet in the winter or too noisy at night or too far away from amenities. Whilst you may crave the peace and tranquility for a holiday, the 25 minute drive to the supermarket can soon become annoying when you are here for a few months. Another issue we find is that during the summer, people renting along the Languedoc coast can sometimes feel penned-in by the traffic and the swarm of holiday makers (though this is nothing compared to the Cote d'Azur). One other factor to consider is your social life. In theory, living in a small village should lend itself to the local villagers being more welcoming and sociable, compared to the towns. But we are aware of 'open' and 'closed' villages locally. Also we find that French people who speak reasonable English or who have travelled abroad extensively, are more receptive to conversing with you in French (they are certainly more forgiving of your grammatical errors).
Long term lets in France - size
The size of the property is also crucial. Whilst it is important to ensure that there is plenty of space for visitors, it is also important to realise that you will be paying for empty bedrooms for most of the year. We fell into this trap ourselves and after our first year in France we ended up renting a medium sized property and then renting a small gite around the corner for our friends and family whenever they came out. This proved to be a good solution because it also gave us the space to continue to work and live our normal life.
Long term lets in France - budget
Finally, you also need to consider your budget. In our first year we rented a house far too expensive for what we could really afford. We arrived in France with enough money to last us 7 months. But we burnt through this in 2 months. Now we find France just as expensive on a day-to-day basis as the UK, especially the weekly shop and the utilities. You also get nice surprises like the 'taxe de habitation' which can hit you for around €700. So we would certainly recommend that you do your sums thoroughly when you are looking at different rental options.
As a rough guide, this is what you would be looking to pay for:
- 2 bedroom long term lets, France (no outdoor space): €400-€600
- 2 bedroom long term lets in France with terrace or balcony: €550-€700
- 4 bedroom long term lets, South France (no pool): €900-€1100
- 4 bedroom long term lets in France with pool: €1200-€1500
The prices above are for standard long term lets. You will obviously pay much more for luxury or unique rental properties. The closer you are to the coast the more expensive the properties are. Long term lets in some of the popular towns (such as Pezenas, Sommieres, Anduze, Ceret, Marseillan, etc) also attract a small premium.
In addition to your rent, you will also have the following monthly costs (based on a family of four):
Heating (2-3 months in winter): €70
To visit all of the long term lets in France advertised on Go Languedoc, please follow the link Long term lets in France.
These luxury long lets in France are located between Nimes and Montpellier, near the small medieval town of Sommieres. These long term lets are situated at Le Domaine de Monteils, a former monastery. The surrounding area is famous for its wine and is bordered to the south by the wetlands of the Camargue and the sandy beaches of Languedoc and in the north by the spectacular Cevennes national park. All of these long lets in France have been equipped to the highest standards with queen sized beds, wifi, satellite HD TVs and high spec kitchens and bathrooms.
This lovely house long term lets in France is close to the beautiful town of Uzes, in South of France. It is an 18th century stone houses in a typical Provencal hillside village facing all-day sun. It is covered in vines, has a huge walled garden, a swimming pool and a large terrace. This long term rental in France is in the village of St Maximin, which is just a few minutes from the wonderful town of Uzes and near the Pont du Gard and Nimes. A great location to visit the sites of the Languedoc region whether on an extended holiday or house hunting.
This stylish house for long term lets in France, is situated in the village of Servian near to Pezenas and Beziers. The property is a beautifully restored old Wine growers house with 4 bedrooms and 206m2 of living space. This fabulous long term let, France also comes with a walled courtyard garden and two terraces. Servian, situated in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, is just 25 minutes from the beaches on the South France coast. The village has a market day on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, there are 3 boulangeries, a butcher, a newsagent and a supermarket right on the edge of the village. There is also a brand new indoor/outdoor swimming pool in the centre of the village, together with excellent sports facilities. Servian is a good location for a long term let in France, whether you are house hunting or having an extended holiday. It is situated near the main rail and road networks and its is just 1 hour from several South France airports.
This Carcassonne long term let, France, is a beautiful rustic farmhouse in the heart of the Montagne Noire and Cathar country in-between Carcassonne and Mazamet. Relax completely in an extravagantly but sensitively restored farmhouse, set in 2 acres of your own private gardens and woodland. 3 double bedrooms sleeps 6-8.
These luxury long term lets in France are located between Nimes and Montpellier, near the small medieval town of Sommieres. These long term lets are situated at Le Domaine de Monteils, a former monastery. The surrounding area is famous for its wine and is bordered to the south by the wetlands of the Camargue and the sandy beaches of Languedoc and in the north by the spectacular Cevennes national park. The area is full of historic sites, including the city of Avignon, the medieval duchy of Uzes, the roman towns of Nimes and Arles and the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Carcassonne and the Pont du Gard. There are 5 luxury long term lets at Domaine de Monteils. In a Mediterranean park of 5 hectares, Domaine de Monteils looks like a little Provençal hamlet and provides and oasis of calm and relaxation. These carefully restored long term lets provide luxury accommodation for couples without children. Guests are encouraged to use the spas, the large swimming pool and to enjoy the surrounding nature. All of these long term lets in France have been equipped to the highest standards with queen sized beds, wifi, satellite HD TVs and high spec kitchens and bathrooms.
This eco house in Gard for long term rent, France, is constructed using straw-bale technology. Apart from the building material being completely recyclable and providing a sturdy structure to the house, it also has amazing insulation properties. The house retains its warmth during the winter months and remains cool during the hot summer months in the South of France. The house was constructed ten years ago and it provides a spacious, modern and comfortable accommodation for up to 8 people. The house comes with 2 bedrooms and a mezzanine area that can sleep up to 4 people. The village of Salazac, dates back to the Romans, is set on the hills between two beautiful rivers, the Ardèche and the Cèze. Here you can canoe, walk through the beautiful forest, horse ride, swim and cycle. It is an ideal starting point to explore the local area including historic villages, colourful markets, restaurants, wine cellars, roman ruins and old monasteries.
Maison de l'Eglise is a wonderful property for long term letting in St-Ferriol, Aude. This property for long term letting in Aude was once part of the presbetry to for the adjacent romanesque village church and is situated on a path in a quiet part of a village. The house can sleep 4-7 people and has been thoroughly renovated to a very high standard whilst retaining the character and softeness of the buildings rustic origins. Each of the bedrooms and their high quality bathrooms are on separate floors at separate ends of the house. A spacious, light living room on the first floor is comfortably furnished with television and stereo and comfortable chairs. There is central heating and WiFi internet installed. This really is a super long term letting property in Aude, France.
Where to next . . . ?
I hope that this article has provided you with some good ideas about the types of properties available for long term lets in France. If you would now like to search for rental properties currently available in South France, please follow the links below:
- Cheap Long term lets France under €600 pcm to rent in 2018
- All year around long term lets in France
- Long term lets France pet friendly
If you would like some more detailed information about renting long term in France, then just drop us a quick message and we will come straight back to you. I wish you a wonderful stay in the South of France.
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