pied à terre for sunny holidays. But why stop at one house when you could pick up a whole village? After all, there are literally hundreds to choose from in practically every region. And you get the church thrown in as a free gift. Admittedly, this isn’t an option for anyone on a strictly-limited budget or who wants to avoid risk; turning your newly-purchased village into a habitable residential hotspot may well cost the same amount as the original price tag and plenty more besides, plus you’ll need planning permission – even though you’re the owner, this doesn’t mean you automatically become the mayor and can do what you please once you’ve moved in. Many of the villages for sale fall under the jurisdiction of a larger town council, and you’ll need licences before you start brick-laying. Also, those at the lower end of the price range may not have mains electricity and water – getting onto the grid is costly, and not guaranteed. If there’s a handy bore-hole nearby that’s included in the overall cost, you could install a pump for water, but you’ll need planning permission for this – and solar panels, whilst an excellent, environmentally-friendly idea that… Read full this story
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