Bag yourself a slice of the dream Euro bolthole – without breaking the bank.

If you’ve ever dreamt of wafting around your own farmhouse in the French countryside, reclining in a characterful trulli in Puglia or holing up in a lakeside Scandi cabin but thought they were out of your financial reach, it could be time to think again. We have scoured the property portals for bargain buys at around the £100k mark. Do note, taxes and costs will vary from country to country; but even bearing them in mind, we think these holiday homes are a bit of a steal.

Farmhouse in Normandy, France


Depending on the exchange rate, this may just squeeze into a £100k budget. A pretty stone farmhouse in Calvados, Normandy, it’s just an hour from the ports, and we love that it is packed with characterful original features. Plus there are outbuildings galore and even your own orchard and cider press to make your own authentic supply of apple brandy. Explore the details here.

Trulli House in Brindisi, Italy


Puglia was a hot spot in the Noughties for Brits priced out of Tuscany, yet still looking for a patch of terra to call home. Although the area has remained popular, there are still bargains to be had, such as this traditional coned trulli near the famous ‘White City’ of Ostuni, set in 7000sqm of fruit and olive groves. With space for a pool and room to expand, it could make an idyllic rural family retreat. Explore the details here.

Kefalonian Cottage, Greece


You’ll need vision to take on this project property in the north of the Greek island of Kefalonia, near the popular, picturesque port of Fiskardo. Set amongst the cypress trees, it features a newly renovated two-bedroom house, plus a number of ruins left by the 1953 earthquake. Once restored they could offer holiday-let accommodation, or room for friends and family to stay. Explore the details here.

Stone House in Serra da Estrela, Portugal


Idyllically located on the banks of the river Beijames in the heart of the Serra da Estrela in Portugal, this two-bed stone house is nestled in the woods which overlooks the river beach and mountains. With nature trails direct from your front door, an outdoor kitchen to enjoy in the summer and stone open fires inside to keep you cosy come winter, this is a great nature lover’s hideaway, whatever the season. Explore the details here.

Hrvatska, Beach Villa, Croatia


Nudging your budget by £10k in Croatia gets you a beachside view so close you could toss a pebble out your window into the sea, should the fancy take you. Currently divided into a commercial space on the ground floor with living accommodation above, it is situated directly on the quaint, seaside promenade and is ready to go as a business venture. Or you could simply return it to a residential dwelling and sit back to enjoy that view. Explore the details here.

Scandi Lakeside Cabins, Nordic Countries

from £70,000

If you are hankering after some space, fresh air and to immerse yourself in nature, a Scandi lakeside cabin could just fit the bill. @cheapnordichouses on Instagram runs a Patreon site where serious buyers can subscribe to get access to their listings, curated from all over Scandinavia. They include everything from historic clapboard cabins with their feet on the water’s edge to grander villas and even whole islands, if you’re seeking serious solitude. Explore the details here.

Ski Chalet in Les Collons, Switzerland


Who would have thought we’d find a little slice of Swiss alpine real estate for under £100k? Okay, it’s a diminutive studio flat, but if you’re spending your days on the slopes and just need somewhere to rest your head, it’s the perfect pad, complete with garage and balcony to drink in that mountain air. Explore the details here.

By Lydia Mansi
October 2021

Lydia Mansi

Lifestyle Editor

Lydia is an all-round lifestyle guru, tireless champion of women in business and our resident expert on beauty.