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I am considering retiring to France at the grand old age of 49. My plan is this.

Sell my house in the UK, purchase two or three (probably two) flats or houses here and rent them out. Probably flats near a hospital but whatever. That will provide me with a property foot hold in the UK and some income.

I could buy a small property but I wondered about a Park/Mobile home. I cannot though seem to find a decent French website that specialises or has lots of these for sale. Can anyone provide a link to a suitable site? I am not really interested in the glossy UK websites. Would prefer a French one.

Our situation is that we spend months on end away in our motorhome so a permanent residence is a bit of a waste really. My rough plan would be to spend the summer in the home in France with maybe the odd week touring about and then close it up for the winter and head to southern Spain or North Africa in the winter.

We have spent a lot of time in France and love it there. Not sure which region to go for but probably South West, Lot et Garonne but who knows.

I would be very interested in both links to sites and any thoughts and suggestions on this bonkers idea. :D

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I've never really been into caravans or motor homes so I will not comment. Why not find a good sight when you are next in France?

On thing that you do need to think about is health insurance - I'm no expert, so I'll leave it the other poster here. For you youngsters at the age of 49 it's less of a problem, but as you get older......


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Thanks. Well to be honest with you I would rather not bother with any kind of property at all and just full time in the motorhome. We have done six months in one stint all over Europe and loved every minute of it. I dont particularly like campsites either so I wouldn't want to be planted in the middle of one so would be looking for something on a small low key development.

My wife though I think would prefer to have some kind of base to come back to.

I suspect once we get tired of motorhoming or living in a lodge / park home I would probably just sell up everything, buy a decent house and just spend the dosh. We have no kids or ties so I am not planning on leaving anything to anyone.
 

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Why not buy some terrain (land) that has a barn (dependence) on it that is connected to electricity/water etc and use that as a base. Plenty of such places about.
 

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I've never actually seen a mobile home park here in France (though that doesn't mean they don't exist). There is (or was) a place selling mobile homes just off the departemental. I get the feeling that real mobile homes (as opposed to caravans) are either installed in campgrounds as holiday housing for those without their own campers or caravans, or else used as temporary housing on a piece of land before the owner is ready or able to build something more permanent.
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There are loads of mobile home sites around even in Lot et Garonne.
To get a flavour of what's available go to the ever popular Leboncoin.fr, ventes immobiliers and type in Mobil home.
Coastal sites can charge 6k per annum ground rent but 2800 is about the norm for the less well equipped sites inland which is what the OP seems to be looking for.
There should be no problem parking a motorhome on site, many people do.
Obviously not a lot of choice around now but come September....
 

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Many thanks for the replies. Ive been looking at that site and there are a fair few but as suggested I am now considering buying some land and putting my own static or chalet on it.

I would need land with mains services and they do seem to be available. Mind you by the time you have bought land, put a static on it and got it all set up you could probably buy a house! Seems to be some real bargains in certain areas like Correz, Aveyron and the Lot. All regions I know really well and like.

I think we should take a trip with the purpose of looking at land and property.

It would be useful to know what the legal side of things are when purchasing land and putting a static on it.
 

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I did a bit of sniffing around regarding static caravans before coming to the conclusion that I could probably buy a house for the same money by the time you'd finished faffing about. Also, what put me off was the apparent lack of truly residential sites bar one or two.

The only info I've been able to dig out regarding siting of statics (and 'proper' caravans) on your own land was this: Mobile Homes in France

Maybe of some use to you, I don't know.
 

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I did a bit of sniffing around regarding static caravans before coming to the conclusion that I could probably buy a house for the same money by the time you'd finished faffing about. Also, what put me off was the apparent lack of truly residential sites bar one or two.

The only info I've been able to dig out regarding siting of statics (and 'proper' caravans) on your own land was this: Mobile Homes in France

Maybe of some use to you, I don't know.
Thanks. Useful info. So it looks like in general you are only allowed to have one cited permanently if its on a site where there is a renovation taking place (on your own land that is) but I would read between the lines that its very dependent on what the local Mayor has to say.

I suspect on bit of land hidden away even with a decrepit old shed on it with building permission you would "get away" with it indefinitely but its not really a satisfactory solution and bending the rules would probably some day end up with you having to move it and being stuck with some land that is then useless and probably hard to sell.

So as maybe it was a daft idea after all. As you say and as I have found by the time you have messed around you could probably buy a small house for the same money so I think I will be binning this idea and will look for a house.

The initial thought was appealing in that you can probably purchase a small bit of land for maybe €10-€20K and a half decent used static for about the same, add onto that though the extras, getting it all moved there, sited and serviced and it quickly moves into "Small house" cost territory.

Well its been fun looking into it and a worthwhile exercise so thanks very much for all your help.

So now then its a question of seeing a few properties in the region of £50-£110K that dont need any structural work. Again I think its probably worth spending a couple of months looking at whats available in the areas I mentioned earlier to see what you can get for this kind of money. Good excuse for a trip to France if nothing else. :D

I found these already which seem too good to be true!

House for sale in Treignac, France : Detached breezeblock and slate "pavillon" property(68 sqm), built in 1980, situate...

House for sale in Montbazens, France : A cosy little house with garage, fully renovated with good quality finishings and ...

House for sale in Sousceyrac, France : House floor located a CALVIAC. House comprising kitchen amenagée, bathroom, toile...
 

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Nice one thanks.

Somebody on one of the motorhome forums sent me this link

Land for sale in Pays de la Loire, Sarthe, La Suze-sur-Sarthe, France

Right by the river. With the right permission you could easily turn that into an Aire de Camping car for 30 vans. Fiver a night and one of those little Chalets you posted. Hows that for a retirement plan? :D

I could fill that within a week of announcing it.
 

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Nice one thanks.

Somebody on one of the motorhome forums sent me this link

Land for sale in Pays de la Loire, Sarthe, La Suze-sur-Sarthe, France

Right by the river. With the right permission you could easily turn that into an Aire de Camping car for 30 vans. Fiver a night and one of those little Chalets you posted. Hows that for a retirement plan? :D

I could fill that within a week of announcing it.
I am not sure it is that easy to get permission......but it is much better than investing in a gîte. :D

We were thinking of getting a camping car and buying some cheap land and a barn in the middle nowhere and use it as a base for holidays/holiday home. Much cheaper than buying a cheap wreck of a house.
 
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