Leaving London? The fairytale European chateaux, manors and farmhouses for sale for less than a London flat

With house prices rising and the average London flat price at GBP521,146, it’s easy to wonder what you could get for your money elsewhere. In Italy, Sambuca di Sicilia, one of the “most beautiful towns,” made headlines for selling derelict properties for EUR1. The mayor of Locana, Piedmont, offered young families GBP7.870 (EUR9,000) to relocate there in the same year. These huge castles, manors and farmhouses in Europe are available for as low as a flat in London. Escape to the Chateau DIY has proved that anything is possible, after all…1000-year old French farmhouse with charm at every turn (GBP539,638)Hide away in this peaceful farmhouse with its own underground summer house / SavillsBuilt on the ruins of an old castle, property-detail/gblaixlai150527″>this romantic ancient farmhouse is hidden away in a peaceful village near Tours, three hours south of Paris. It boasts five bedrooms and many unique features, including an old chapel that has been partially converted, a fairytale dovecote, and a guard tower. The underground summer house is the most captivating, with its swimming pool, built in bathhouse, and many Pompei-inspired rooms. The extensive grounds are dotted with mulberry, lime, and apple trees. It dates back to 1311 and is located in an area famous for its olive groves and vineyards. You will find high ceilings, gnarled wood beams, antique floor tiles, and a homely feeling. You can even find a free-standing bread-oven. It has been tastefully renovated throughout to offer two floors full of modern living space. There are four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a kitchen diner. It has two additional floors that could be converted and offers great potential for hotel development. Paris is only 1.5 hours away by train. There is a station nearby. Historic French chateau with 160 acres of property (GBP390 902). This castle has four bedrooms and requires a lot of work. It’s located on an estate of 65 hectares with breathtaking countryside views. It is located in the heart France’s Midi Pyrenees and offers great potential for farming, equestrian pursuits and a boutique campsite. You can negotiate the purchase of a smaller parcel if you don’t require all the land. A short drive takes you to a charming medieval village. Bergerac airport is just under an hour away.Engel & VolkersIf a full-blown renovation project is not something that interests you, this property is perfect for you. It’s located in an old castle in Perugia, mid Italy. It is traditionally designed over five floors and has four bedrooms, four baths, a kitchen that’s almost new, and lots of living space. It has a terrace that overlooks the square. This is a great place to watch the world go by and it also has a well-kept yard. It’s stunning and ready to move in. It is located one hour from Bordeaux by automobile and has been decorated to an impressively high standard. The house feels modern but still respects its history. The billiards area, panoramic terrace, and swimming pool are some of the highlights. The property has a landing strip, hangar and guest bedroom for three light aircraft. It also features a large attached barn with a garage, guest room and shower room. This property is a magnificent example of Midi-Pyrenees history. The sale includes half of the property, which includes the keep. There’s also a mix of living and convertible space. There are seven bedrooms in this main Moorish living space, as well as a separate one-bedroom apartment. You can ascend a stone spiral staircase to reach the dungeon. This is located adjacent to the main building and shares an inner courtyard. You will find many coats of arms on the doors.