Forget the beach – it’s time to relax by the river!

By Louise Taylor

There’s nothing quite like a quick dip for the ultimate refreshment from the sultry summer heat. However, you don’t have to take on the crowds lining France’s beaches in order to enjoy cooling off in the water.

FrenchEntrée have a selection of superb riverside properties to keep you cool this summer. Riverside living comes with a host of benefits, from increased opportunities for keeping fit to a reduction in stress levels. Are you ready to take the plunge? Then here are two fabulous properties that are perfect for long, lazy days of messing about on the river.

Restored riverside chateau between Sarlat and Souillac: 609,000€

This restored riverside chateauis set in verdant parkland. Close to the Dordogne valley, it boasts some exceptional original and characterful features from the 15th century building. The property exudes a sense of majesty, from its vast stone spiral staircase, grand fireplaces and beamed ceilings to its welcoming library and handy wine cellar.

Spacious apartment in converted monastery: 199,000€

This exceptional two-bedroom apartmentin a converted monastery is perfectly located for those who enjoy riverside walks, painting, fishing and boating. The apartment is finished to a high standard, with on-site facilities including a large, heated swimming pool, pretty gardens and river access with jetty. The idyllic setting in one of ‘Les Plus Beaux Villages de France’ brings with it a wonderful sense of serenity.

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