Aubeterre is a 4,700 inhabitant French town located in the south of the Charente department – Poitou Charentes region. It is surrounded with the Dronne River, which offers a sandy equipped beach and several activities (bathing, fishing, canoeing and kayaking). It is part of the most beautiful villages of France. Its name comes from Alba terra, meaning ‘white earth’.
The most beautiful monument of Aubeterre is probably its underground church called Saint Jean. the so-called monolith church is dug in the cliff dominating the town. The main body stands at 20m. Saint Jacques collegial is another richness of Aubeterre. It was built in 1562 during the religion wars and rebuilt during the 12th century. Aubeterre’s church is a historical jewel. Its amazing 12th century Roman façade is decorated with sculpted archways. The four towers of the castle are also worth seeing as well as the apostles’ tower. All over the town, you cam discover paintings, wooden, leather or glass items and ceramics made by craftsmen.
Aubeterre being a very small town - 418 inhabitants - it will be difficult to find an apartment. However, people settling in the countryside often are not interested in flats. In 2009, the property price in the town is about €1,600/square metre i.e. half price when compared to the national average (€3,197/square metre). Rental opportunities are not great in the town, which is more dedicated to people who want to settle in. thus, Aubeterre is the perfect location if you are looking for a main homd and even a secondary house. A 2 or 3-room property may be found for less than €150,000. if you are a DIY person, you can also pitch on a property to renovate: prices are much lower (between €80,000 and €110,000).
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