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There's life after la rentrée!
It's that time of year when life begins to return to normal in France.
It's called La Rentrée and the key signs are supermarkets full of felt pens and bright rucksacks and an equally bright and hopeful look on the faces of parents as the summer holidays come to an end.
August is notoriously slow in France, with vendors away and notaire's closed.
So we are delighted to report a record August for agreed deals in the this tricky month.
What might you as a buyer expect for September?
Tournon welcomes a cake shop!
Now I must declare an interest here; I am addicted to cake.
Chez Moi, opposite Beaux Villages Immobilier in the pretty hilltop town of Tournon d'Agenais offers much more than delicious home baked cake.
It’s styled as a tea shop.
Salads, cold drinks, speciality teas and ground coffee.Read more ...
Wake up to the Vienne!
A comfortable day’s drive from the channel ports can see you in some spectacular French countryside and has always been one measure of a property that is easy-access from the UK. Far enough south to enjoy considerably improved weather, not so far south that you start getting into the price hotspots (and baked countryside) of the Mediterranean. At 4 hours from Caen and 6 ½ hours from the Channel Tunnel and served by Limoges, Poitiers and La Rochelle airports, areas don’t get much more easy-access than the south Vienne. The high speed TGV train lines are also undergoing an update at the moment and, very shortly, the trip from Paris to Poitiers will flash by in a mere 1 ½ hours!
Come for the pretty hamlets, market towns and gentle scenery of rolling fields, river valleys and woodland. Stay for the long balmy summers, the measured pace of life and the delicious local dishes (and be prepared to let that belt out a notch!).
Whether it’s a holiday home or a whole new life you are looking for, it’s easy to make a compelling argument for this pretty, but relatively undiscovered, area starting with the array of properties on the market. For this reason Beaux Villages Immobilier has just opened the doors of its latest shop in the Vienne town of Charroux. Right next to the ancient covered market and opposite the remains of the Benedictine Abbey, the shop sits alongside a fabulous chocolaterie, should you need further encouragement to visit.
Charroux itself and the surrounding towns offer a great choice of good value town house and ‘lock up and leave’ holiday homes. An attractive rural renovation project with a good plot of land might set you back €40 000. For a habitable 2 or 3 bedroom village or town house think of spending from €70 000. If you’re looking for a permanent home with no work required, an investment of €160 000+ could secure a detached farmhouse with around an acre of land.
French Property Exhibition, Olympia London
It's that time of the year again! It doesn't seem that long since we were last showing in Olympia, just a little over 6 months, but my has this season flown by!
And it's still flying.
We're going to be at the Olympia in London showcasing our fabulous properties with our equally fabulous team.
If you're looking for great ideas for buying in France, get yourself there - it's free!
Here's a link to go to to get registered for fast-track entry - we look forward to seeing you there!
Building to last
You know times aren't all that bad when your nearest city is punctuated by the exclamation marks of cranes towering above construction sites. Bordeaux is positively buzzing since the opening of the new high speed rail link to Paris and on a recent visit the number of cranes was impressive.
Have breakfast at Karl on Place du Parliament in Bordeaux (really, do not leave this off your bucket list!) and be in Paris for a full day's sight seeing just 2 hours later.
As a result of this super-easy access to the capital, and the fact that Bordeaux is just a mighty fine town to live near, property is much sought-after in and around the city.
Looking for something in easy reach of Bordeaux? Check out our poperties in the Gironde.
Villeréal gets its crown!
A huge congratulations to Villeréal as it joins Pujols and Monflanquin as one of “Les Plus Beaux Villages” in the Lot-et-Garonne!
Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (meaning “the most beautiful villages of France”) is an independent association, created in 1982, for the promotion of the tourist appeal of small rural villages with a rich cultural heritage.
Alongside Monflanquin and Pujols, Villeréal has gained its crown. No easy task! In order to achieve this status the village must meet three qualifying criteria:Read more ...
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