French chateau for the price of a suburban semi

The splendid Manoir de Sausserie in Normandy has had some key renovation work already done and is on the market for €390,000

Swapping a London semi for a French chateau would mean a huge lifestyle change - but it is not an impossible dream. The Connexion gets tips on what is involved in buying and restoring a historic building

At first glance, the dream of selling a semi-detached house in the suburbs and buying a chateau in France with the money seems too good to be true.

Specialist agent Patrice Besse, who has been selling chateaux for 20 years, says there are hundreds on the market in the €300,000 to €400,000 range, but “of course, it depends on what you call a chateau”.

Given a description of a largish building with a tower, possibly a moat, set either high over a village or apart from ...

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