The most popular homes for sale overseas among Britons viewing online have been revealed – with three out of five being French manor houses.
The idyllic properties can be found on the overseas section of Rightmove, with all five found on mainland Europe.
The stunning chateaux range in price from around £740,000 to more than triple that amount at £2.5million. A chateau is a manor house, home to the lord of the manor or a country house of nobility. It can be built with or without fortifications.
This type of property has proved popular among British buyers, perhaps inspired by successful TV shows such as Escape to the Chateau or YouTube’s The Chateau Diaries.
The most popular homes for sale overseas among Britons viewing online have been revealed – including this eleven-bed chateau in France (scroll down for more details)
The other two properties on the list are a five-bedroom villa on the Algarve, Portugal, costing £1.83million and a two-bedroom flat in Spain’s Malaga that is just 600 from the beach and has a price tag of just over £180,000.
Rightmove’s Alex Solomon, said: ‘There is no better way to escape the January weather than by imagining the life that could be with some sun, sea, and sand abroad.
‘Whether it’s Portugal or the South of France you’re dreaming of, there’s the perfect home overseas waiting for you.’
The five most viewed homes overseas for sale
1. Five-bed villa, Algarve, Portugal, £1.8m
This five-bedroom villa on the Algarve, Portugal, is on the market for £1.8million via Ideal Homes Portugal estate agents
The property is within Cerro de Galo and close to several of the area’s golf courses, as well as close to the award-winning beaches in the Algarve
The main villa has four bedrooms – all with en-suites and access to private terraces – to enjoy the Portuguese weather
The most popular home overseas for sale is the stuff of dreams for golf fanatics in Portugal’s Algarve.
The five-bedroom property is within Cerro de Galo, close to several of the area’s golf courses, as well as close to the award-winning beaches in the Algarve.
The main villa has four bedrooms, all with en-suites and access to private terraces, while there is a guest house with one bedroom and a bathroom. Outside, there is a swimming pool, a children’s playground area, and plenty of space for an outdoor BBQ.
The property is on the market for €2,200,000, the equivalent of £1,832,929 via Ideal Homes Portugal estate agents.
2. Eleven-bed chateau, Aquitaine, France, £2.45m
The eleven-bedroom property is in the world renowned French wine region of Bordeaux and is for sale for £2,457,792
The chateau is the second most viewed home overseas on our list and has an impressive stone staircase
The chateau has its own cellar, with plenty of space for storing the best bottles of wine from this renowned region in France
The second most viewed home overseas is the most expensive French chateau on our list at just shy of £2.5million.
Perhaps inspired by TV shows such as Escape to the Chateau or You Tube’s The Chateau Diaries, this type of property has proved popular among British buyers.
This particularly version is in the world renowned wine region of Bordeaux and St Emillion.
The eleven-bedroom property is for sale for €2,950,000, the equivalent of £2,457,792, and the sale is being handled by Maxwell Baynes – Christie’s International Real Estate.
3. Six-bed house, Tarn-et-Garonne, France, £740k
This six-bedroom property in France’s Tarn-et-Garonne is for sale for just shy of £740,000 via Knight Frank estate agents
The romantic interiors at the property include this dining room with beamed ceilings and an attractive stone flooring
The living room has a fireplace, a beamed ceiling and a large window that overlooks the property’s surrounding land
For those with a smaller budget who are still hoping to buy their dream French chateau, this six-bedroom property in France’s Tarn-et-Garonne is for sale for just shy of £740,000.
The manor house is for sale for €885,000, the equivalent of £737,337, via Knight Frank estate agents.
4. Two-bed flat, Malaga, Spain, £183k
This two-bedroom flat in Spain’s Malaga is for sale for £183,251 and is being sold by Affinity Spain estate agents
The flat is part of a gated community that enjoys two outdoor swimming pools and is just 600 metres from the beach
The new flats are being sold being fully furnished so that buyers can move or use to rent out during the holiday season
This two-bedroom flat in Spain’s Malaga is for sale for €219,950, the equivalent of £183,251, and is being sold by Affinity Spain estate agents.
It is in a gated community that enjoys two outdoor swimming pools and is just 600 metres from the beach.
5. Seven-bed castle, Aude, France, £2m
This luxury property is in France’s Aude and is for sale for £2,038,368.00 via Beaux Villages estate agents
The elegant property was built in 1840 originally as a hunting lodge for the wealthy of the area and has been fully renovated
The spacious living room is on the middle level of the three floor property and has a large fireplace and views of the grounds
This seven-bedroom chateau was built in 1840 as a hunting lodge for the wealthy residents in the area.
The castle is in France’s Aude and is for sale for €2,450,000, the equivalent of £2,038,368.00. It is on the market via Beaux Villages estate agents.