Where to Buy in France Hotspot: Dinan, Brittany
Brittany certainly has a lot going for it – wide expanses of sandy beaches, lush countryside, bracing coastal walks and delicious seafood (not to mention ideally located ferry ports) – it’s no wonder that so many of us Brits regularly head here to live, work and play
A few miles inland from Saint-Malo, you’ll find Dinan – a pretty, historic town with almost two miles of ramparts, half-timbered houses and wonderful cobbled streets to explore. Around its old port (which you can sail to from Saint-Malo), you’ll find a mixture of traditional stone houses and waterside restaurants – perfect for an evening out.
Dinan: Location & Accessibility
Getting to Dinan from the UK couldn’t be easier and this has made it a popular spot for those seeking a holiday home, weekend bolthole or spot to relocate to within reach of family back home. There are several cross Channel ferry options including services from Plymouth to Roscoff and Portsmouth to Saint Malo, as well as Caen, Cherbourg and Le Havre, plus Poole to Cherbourg. And if you’d rather travel by air, there are regional airports at Rennes and Quimper.
Dinan: What to Buy
In and around Dinan, you’ll find plenty of typical Brittany properties to drool over, from Breton longères and neo-Breton homes with white walls and slate roofs to quaint stone townhouses and chaumières (thatched cottages). Renovation projects tend to be few and far between because of the area’s longstanding popularity with British buyers but if you are looking for a gîte business or B&B to take over, you should be in luck.
Dinan: Property Prices
Dinan’s location inland from the coast (though within easy reach of Saint-Malo’s ferry port and chic dining and shopping opportunities) means prices are reasonable.
Two-/three-bedroom apartments in its historic centre start at around €250,000. You can bag a stone-built family home outside the town for as little as €200,000, while large character properties with lots of land will set you back upwards of €700,000. Gîte prices vary, of course, but we’ve spied a great business opportunity comprising a three-bedroom property in several acres with three gîtes for €920,000.
Ready to Start Your Dream Property Search?
So what are you waiting for? Start your Brittany house-hunting journey immediately! Search our property for sale in Dinan or visit our Buying Property zone to find out more about buying in France.
With thanks to our partner agencies in Dinan.
Lead photo credit : Côtes d'Armor charmer Dinan is beautiful Brittany epitomised; with its cobbled streets and half-timbered houses, it's a firm favourite with British buyers © SHUTTERSTOCK
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