If you are interested in buying property in France, instead of a country house or apartment, you could purchase an entire village for just 330,000 euros.
With a swimming pool, tennis courts and 19 buildings, Courbefy is available for anyone willing to transform the deserted hamlet. After a downturn in the 1970s, the last resident left in 2008.
The mayor of the area containing the village, Bernard Guilhem, said unfortunately, he cannot afford the price.
“We wish for this village to come back to life and for Courbefy to become inhabited again,” said Guilhem.
The largely rural community began looking for jobs elsewhere when farming in the area declined.
A transplanted Briton who has lived in the area for 20 years said he would also like to see the village revitalised: “It would be a wonderful thing if somebody with the funds and the skills to commercialise it could make it into a commercial proposition such as a hotel, a restaurant, even a holiday camp could be good, it would be great to see it working again.”
A previous attempt to turn Courbefy into a holiday village in the 1990s failed, and if a buyer is not found by Friday, it will end up in the hands of French bank Credit Agricole which holds the mortgages on the properties.