What will €225,000 buy in France, Malta, Romania, Norway and Donegal?

Take5: A hideaway in Romania or a chateau apartment needing renovation in France


Located between the coastlines of Mulroy Bay and Portsalon with miles of golden sandy beaches, this period farmhouse lies nestled into Springfield Mountain. The charming property also has cut-stone outbuildings, with potential for renovation, and a paddock and orchard on almost two acres. Price: €225,000 Agent: sherryfitz.com


Though not large, this one-bedroom studio apartment is located within a 19th-century town house in a much sought after location in the fortified town of Floriana. Just a short walk to the capital, Valetta, the property has a roof terrace with marvellous city views, and due to its location it could make a good buy-to-let investment. Price: €229,000 Agent: sothebysrealty.com


For the ultimate seclusion from humanity, this cabin dating from the 1960's, which was constructed as a shelter for workers in the Semenic National Park, lies near the largest virgin beech forest in Europe. It takes an hour in a four-wheel drive to reach the cabin, which is fuelled by hydropower and comes with a cottage, stable and smokehouse. Price: €229,000 Agent: sothebysrealty.com


This 280sq m apartment in need of renovation lies in a 19th-century chateau near the medieval fortress town of Carcassonne – a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1997. Set in ancient parkland with a communal swimming pool, interiors are magnificent with remarkable features and lots of potential. Price: €225,000 Agent: francepropertyangels.com



Overlooking the sea with stunning views, this bijou cottage has two bedrooms and lovely interiors. The property also has a separate boathouse at the waters’ edge with access to the water for swimming and sports. Price: 2.24 million Kr/€225,000 Agent: eiendomsmegler1.no

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle, a contributor to The Irish Times, writes about property, fine arts, antiques and collectables