An increasing number of Brits are seeking out rural properties in France, one real estate expert in the country has revealed.

Patrick Joseph, from explained that small dwellings in a countryside location with their own land are attracting more attention from overseas investors than previously.

A rural lifestyle in England comes with a hefty price tag and UK buyers are discovering that they can achieve their dream of a sustainable lifestyle across the Channel far more cheaply, he stated.

Mr Joseph highlighted the Languedoc and Limousin regions as being particularly popular at present among foreigners looking to relocate.

He also noted that real estate assets in France have not undergone the same dramatic price falls as in other eurozone nations, adding that the country is viewed as something of a safe haven on the continent.

And his assertion is backed up by the Knight Frank Global House Price Index for the first quarter of this year, which saw France as the highest ranked European nation in the table, registering annual price growth of 8.7 per cent.