Monday, 24 December 2012

French property - Austrailian buyers

The high Australian dollar, plus a wealth of available information via the internet and an enduring love affair with France mean more & more Australians are buying property in France than ever before.

 Of the reasons for this surge in interest, the remarkably strong Australian dollar is perhaps the principal cause. Australians are now looking to France for property investments, especially as affordability in the Australian market becomes an issue and French mortgage rates are very attractive at rates from 2.6%. 


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For many buyers, the growing ease with which people can conduct their research online, this has resulted in a fabulous opportunity to own a house in France without having to take on a crippling financial risk.

For a growing number of Australians, owning a piece of a France, a country that has long been a dream, is today becoming a reality.

Our connections now extend to the Aussie market, and this is one of our principal target markets for 2013. We have friends in our village, and they have owned a small holiday home here for several years. They come out each July for 3-4 weeks, to soak up the French lifestyle, cuisine and relax ! Their dream is to perhaps retire here – and the strength of the Aussie $ makes this possible.


Excideuil - Stone Farmhouse with Gite, Barn & Pool + 10 hectares of land

Significant price reduction. This is a superb property with original features and in very good condition. The main house consists downstairs of entrance hall/ dining room (27m2), Lounge includes original fireplace (29m2), small kitchen (14m2) and bedroom/office with wc and whb. Upstairs there are three bedrooms (15, 15 & 9m2), Bathroom and Large landing(11m2).

There is a patio area leading to a Gite, which has a Kitchen (13m2), Lounge (10m2), Bedroom (10m2) and Bathroom with separate wc.

There is a large garage, separate barn, bread oven and well. There is a beautiful swimming pool 12 x 6m, which is fully fenced. The property overlooks its own 10 ha.

Price 317,475 €

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Coming soon - advanced notice

This magnificent and large, castle-like Manor House is located in very small and tranquil village.

This breathtaking property has been renovated using 1st class materials, including custom-made kitchens, luxurious bathrooms etc.

All in this house is top quality. With 6 large bedrooms and bathrooms it offers much potential as a private property and as a commercial one.

Adjoining is a barn/garage over two floors, also in great condition, making it possible to even further expand if required.

Most of the superb fixtures & fittings are also available. This is probably the most superb value for money property that we have currently. Cost the owners in excess of 1.2 million.

Discounted price 682,500 € so move quickly ! Available soon on

Eyliac - Beautiful 4 bed house with heated pool and landscaped gardens

Lovely 3 / 4 bedroomed house in sought after area just 15 minutes from Perigueux with heated swimming pool and 2728 m2 of gardens.
This is a really beautiful house with double glazed windows and fuel central heating together with electric and manual shutters. It is very economical to run with a DPE rating of B.
Price 323,300 €


Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Javerlhac (24) - A beautiful barn conversion with original Pigeonniere to restore

This is an outstanding example of how to carry out a quality renovation of an old stone property in a way, which retains the original character whilst creating a wonderful 21st century home. The original farmhouse has been retained whilst the old barn has been transformed into a superb living space. The living accommodation of 170m2 is well laid out, all the work has been carried out to a high quality standard and the property is presented in first class condition.

Of particular note for a property of this type is the amount of additional insulation that was fitted during the renovation, which has resulted in the achievement of a really good C rating for the Energy assessment.

Adjoining the house is the wonderful old Pigeonniere that could be renovated to create additional living space, a guest cottage or a gite. Over the two floors of the Pigeonniere there is approximately 50m² of space.

Price 234,800 €


Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Nontron - Luxury 6 bed villa with pool in 2 acres

Set in grounds of 8,000m², this property has been meticulously maintained and therefore requires no further immediate investment. Combined with extensive insulation and efficient heating systems, the property has attained a superb B rating when assessed for energy usage.

The total living space of 344m² is divided between two wings linked by a large open plan living area. The light and airy living area consists of a lounge-cum-dining room along with a well equipped kitchen, an area that is ideal for entertaining. The fitted kitchen has a good range of floor and wall mounted storage cupboards, a Bosch double oven/microwave, a 5-ring ceramic hob, a fridge-freezer, a dishwasher and a washing machine.

Price 690,000 €  Full details via

Miallet - great value 4 bed house (en-suites) fully renovated

Restored house from the 1950s with outbuildings, set on the edge of a hamlet on 1,820m² of gardens with good views. Great value having 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, all with separate showers.

This property has undergone extensive upgrading in recent years, and now offers every comfort. This includes new plumbing, windows, electrics and a kitchen.

The thriving centres of Chalus and Piégut–Pleuviers are within easy reach.

Price 199,995 €  Link

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Neuvic - A lovely ensemble comprising of 2 houses and 2 barns

1st house, renovated and offering 160m² SH, with 3 bedrooms, super terracotta tiles in the lounge and kitchen. Radiators in cast iron, double glazed, and electrics up to date. Adjoining barn of 160m² offering further potential.

The 2nd house is a C15th Maison de Maitre of 140m² over 3 floors. Ideal for gîtes or chambre d'hôtes. Stonework and roof in good condition, magnificent doors, monumental fireplaces, stone staircase, niches, stone évier, exposed beams – in other words, full of character. Adjoining barn annexe 70 m² with 2 levels possible.

Price 294,000 €


Sourzac - Very nice property in a beautiful, quiet location, overlooking a small valley

Very nice property in a beautiful, quiet location, overlooking a small valley. Beautiful architectural features in this C18th property, in stone, renovated 5 years ago.
Barn, newly renovated 62m² with a gable height of 6.5 meters, offering good volume, in very clean condition, with beautiful beams,(great conversion potential). Artist’s studio attached 27m², with bright, beautiful bay windows, facing south, overlooking the valley.

Price 419,000 €


Neuvic - Lovely country property, dating back to 1850

Lovely country property, dating back to 1850, with 4 beds / 2 baths, restored with taste and now offering a spacious 200m² habitable area.

The whole property is in excellent condition, with no further works required apart from finishing the one room. This for me represents excellent value for money. Here you have a funny renovated house, located in the country, but just 3 km from shops, with schools even closer.

Price 225,000 €


Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Clermont d’Excideuil(24) - 4 bed House with large garage & pool

Location, location, location describes this lovely property which overlooks a market town with its gothic church and chateau. The panoramic view of the surrounding countryside is just breathtaking. The house which was built in 1978 is of solid structure with all double glazing windows. The property must be viewed to appreciate what a beautiful little part of France it is in. It would be very suitable as a family or summer home. 

Price 323,300 €


Sunday, 11 November 2012

Mialet 24 - Rural farmhouse with 4 beds / 3 baths, solar panels & pool

An outstanding opportunity to purchase a substantial old farmhouse in the Perigord Vert that has been renovated to a very high standard by the current owner, a French ‘master maçon’.

If you are looking for a spacious property (235m2) set in a tranquil, beautiful, countryside location, yet with easy access to local amenities, then this property will be perfect for you. The property sits in a secluded position within a small hamlet located at the end of a single-track country lane with no through route.
Floorplans & more photos available via our website. Price 324,000 €

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Excideuil - Stone Farmhouse with Gite, Barn & Pool + 10 hectares of land

This is a superb property with original features and in very good condition. The main house consists downstairs of entrance hall/ dining room (27m2), Lounge includes original fireplace (29m2), small kitchen (14m2) and bedroom/office with wc and whb. Upstairs there are three bedrooms (15, 15 & 9m2), Bathroom and Large landing(11m2).

There is a patio area leading to a Gite, which has a Kitchen (13m2), Lounge (10m2), Bedroom (10m2) and Bathroom with separate wc.
PRICE: 369,000€ (Approx. £293,724) Link

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

French mortgage

Did you know that there are over 250 French and International mortgages available for French properties ?
Interest only, capital repayment, fixed rate, capped interest rates, tracker, equity release and post finance mortgages available. Durations of up to 30 years, and 20 year Fixed term interest rates from as low as 3.55% or 20 year tracker rates from 2.75%. Better rates available for shorter durations.
Wherever you're looking to buy in France we can help. We arrange via our broker French mortgages for customers from all over the world, including the UK, Ireland, US, Canada, Australia, Russia, Japan, Dubai, South Africa... we also help those already living in France.
We provide a professional and cost effective service, listening to your needs & help you define your criteria as to what you need your mortgage to do. We then source the most appropriate mortgage from our extensive network of Private, National and Local banks.
From April 2013 a lot of mortgage brokers dealing with non-resident mortgages are likely to disappear as new regulations come into force and will mean that banks cannot remunerate them unless they are ORIAS registered (and thus suitably qualified). Our broker already has this registration in place.
Contact us today to discover the best rates available.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Meyrals 24 - Between Sarlat, Les Eyzies and Le Bugue

This 5 bed  house + 2 bed gîte sit in the ‘Golden Triangle’ Between Sarlat, Les Eyzies and Le Bugue within the edge of the beautiful old village of Meyrals.

The main house is south facing and has 5 bedrooms all of a good size. There are two lounges, one which measures 62m² with a fireplace. The other lounge has a wood burning stove. There is also a large study, a large fitted kitchen / dining room, utility room and WC.

The layout of the house which has two staircases would make it very easy to split part of the house off into a self contained gite if needed.

The master bedroom has a large en suite with hydro massage power shower and large dressing room. There are two large bathrooms, one with a bath with shower above and the other with a shower.

The attached Gite/ Maison des Amis has two further bedrooms, a fitted kitchen/dining room, lounge with log burning stove and bathroom with a large corner bath. It also has a private terrace overlooking the pool.


Price 599,000 €

Friday, 26 October 2012

Luxury property - Dordogne Valley

Significantly reduced price.

A stunning luxury stone house, in an elevated position with stunning views across a panorama of beautiful countryside.

Nearby, there are quality restaurants, a 9 hole golf course and sev...

eral of “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France”. The quality of the renovation for this property has to be seen to appreciate fully, as does the stunning location. The sunsets that you see from this house are also something to behold. Very good DPE (energy report).

Significant price reduction to 498,750 €


Thursday, 25 October 2012

New team members

Our team has recently been enhanced by the addition of Richard Morford and John Starr, who will be active in the Dordogne area.
After years of dreaming, Richard Morford along with his wife Nikki and their two dogs, finally made the move to start a new life in France and relocated to live near Piegut-Pluviers in the north of the Dordogne, close to the borders with the Charente and the Haute Vienne. Having run his own business in the UK providing photography and marketing services to estate agents, it was a natural step for Richard to become registered as an 'agent commercial' in France and he now works with the Allez-Francais team covering the beautiful Perigord Vert. Centred around the town of Nontron, it is a region of unspoiled scenery split by fast moving streams, rolling hills and great rocky plateaus. Whilst many property buyers come to this region to enjoy the peace and tranquility, it also includes a number of bustling market towns  such as Riberac, Brantome, Thiviers, Montemboeuf, La Rochefoucauld, Villebois-Lavalette and Rochechouart.

John Starr and his partner Harriet bought their first house in the Excideuil, Dordogne in 2002. He loves the countryside, markets, towns and villages and finds the French people in the Perigord Vert both receptive and welcoming. They moved here permanently in 2006 and have bought and sold other properties in this area for their gite business. John will be covering the popular market towns such as Excideuil, Jumilhac, St Yrieix, Pompadour, Objat, Hautefort. This opens up parts of the Perigord Vert, Perigord Poupre, Western Corrèze and a little of the Haute Vienne. Together with his personal experience and knowledge of buying and selling property here in France, John is really looking forward to helping others find their ideal home in this sort after area of rural France through Allez-Français.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Beaulieu sur Dordogne - Superb Chateau with 3 holiday apartments, infinity pool & parkland near the R Dordogne

The Chateau is steeped in history and has it’s origins dating back as far as the C12th. It has been lovingly restored over the last 20 years and the owners have carefully preserved many architectural features, including exposed stone walls, magnificent fireplaces and oak beamed ceilings.

A magnificent barn has been converted into three guest apartments, making very successful letting units. An infinity swimming pool overlooks the parkland and woods. You will immediately be impressed as you enter via wrought iron gates and approach this exceptional estate via an avenue of 200 year old plane trees, planted by one of Napoleon’s generals, before entering the walled courtyard.
Outside, a 12 x 6 infinity pool is situated to the west of the chateau and enjoys views over beautiful, unspoilt countryside. The whole estate covers over 4 ha of attractive parkland. The gardens have been meticulously maintained and include lawns, many mature specimen trees with shaded and open areas. (The hazelnut trees are even used to produce nut oil).

It is rare to fins such a wonderful estate located close to the River Dordogne.

Price 1,200,000 €




Tuesday, 23 October 2012

St Felix de Reilhac (24) - Superbly renovated stone house with 5 en-suite bedrooms, pool & park

The vendors have proudly transformed this beautiful property from a virtual ruin into something magnificent that is rare to find currently. A really beautifully renovated Perogordine house in exceptional grounds.
Outside a heated salt water 10 x 5 m swimming pool (with retractable rigid cover), sits in the ground of 11,900m² with a pool house, from where you have good views back towards the house, the bread oven and an octagonal pergola beside the terrace where there is also a BBQ.
The property is in a quiet but not isolated location about 12 km from Les Eyzies, with rapid road access to Périgueux. It is within an hour of Bergerac airport.
Price 599,000 €

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Badefols sur Dordogne (24) - C19th fully restored house with views over the River Dordogne

Beside the River Dordogne and with exceptional views of the river, an attractive XIXth century Chartreuse Perigord style house that has been entirely restored.

Close to a small town with shops and schools, this property tastefully combines authenticity and modern comfort. Kitchen, large living room 33.5m² with view over the river, five bedrooms.

Many architectural features including old stone sink, inglenook fireplaces, and with attractive tiled terrace.

Offering approx. 200 m² habitable space. Land of 1240 m² planted with fruit trees.

Great value and a fantastic location. Price 424,000 €


Saturday, 20 October 2012

Montignac (24) - A fine stone Perigordine house

A fine stone Perigordine house from the 1980’s, offering 250 m² usable space.

The property is in need of internal decoration, but the strucure is sound.

Comprising of fitted kitchen 10m², large luminous lounge 42m², with a fireplace, conservatory with exposed bames featured, 2 ground floor bedrooms, bathroom and WC

1st floor bedroom, convertible loftspace and access to the tower.

In the basement area is a study 13m², a wine cave, and a garage.

With approximately 4000 m² of land, (including a source), you will enjoy the countryside setting with all amenities nearby (under 5 Km).
Price 296,800 €


Friday, 19 October 2012

Carves (24) - Pretty house with a pool & easily managed gardens

This renovated character property is set in 1,600m² of gardens and comes with stone outbuildings and a terraced swimming pool.

The property comprises a kitchen 6m², a lounge-dining room 34m², a bathroom, a wc, and a boiler room on the ground floor.

Upstairs there are 3 compact bedrooms (6, 8 and 9m²) and a sitting room which has access to the pool (36m².

The property has central heating.
Price 278,000 €

Thursday, 18 October 2012

St Astier - Beautiful 18th and 19th century Chateau with hamlet of three luxury gites

In the heart of the Perigord, half way between Perigueux and Bergerac, on 6 hectares of land, in an exceptional setting offering peace and quiet, deep in the countryside yet not isolated, and enjoying lovely views over valleys of woods and meadows, sits this elegant chateau with pool, tennis court, outbuildings and its hamlet of 3 guest cottages.

The Chateau dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, is flanked by 2 hexagonal towers, offers approx. 550 m² habitable space over its 16 main rooms, and a totally independent hamlet made up of 3 houses (holiday lets), stables and several outbuildings. This property is set in 16 ha of grounds with mature trees, meadows and woodland, in a preserved environment in the countryside, (not isolated).

Large swimming pool 14 x 6. Stables with 3 stalls. Tennis court. Dovecote.

This estate would be ideal for those who appreciate the peace of the countryside whilst close to all amenities, a train station and cities of interest. It is also offers an excellent opportunity to create a hospitality business.

Price 1,464,750 €


Monday, 15 October 2012

Turenne - price reduction

Price reduction to 190,800 € - Character house in a Plus Beaux Village de France.

A restored three-storey stone medieval property situated in a hilltop village, overlooking forests and rolling fields north of the Dordogne valley. With 3 spacious bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms, it provides a perfect cosy atmosphere.

The dramatic hilltop village of Turenne is steeped in history - it is a perfectly preserved medieval village with its narrow streets, towers and turrets and a maze of ancient secret tunnels. It is one of several of “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” in this sector.


Saturday, 13 October 2012

Allez-Français - about us

Allez-Français started in 2001, and initially sold houses in the Poitou Charentes area, where we lived for almost 10 years. (We still sell houses in that area, and have a husband & wife sales team active in the south of the Deux Sèvres).

We moved south in September 2010, and now have a portfolio of around 100 houses in the Dordogne Valley area. This includes the Dordogne (24), Corrèze (19) and Lot (46) departments.

Our territory is roughly an hour in each direction from Brive airport.

All of our French property prices include agency fees and the only extra is the Notaire's fees and Government taxes. We do not charge anything extra for so called 'hand-holding' unlike some agencies.

We generally will know which properties are negotiable and which are not, so please give us a call to discuss your requirements. Do please bear in mind that the process of French property viewing in France is very different to the UK and is by appointment only, and we are often booked up for 7-10 days in advance. If you want to talk through your requirements the best time to phone is between 5 and 6 pm UK time when we are normally available.

Dordogne Valley Contacts Tel: 00 33 (0)5 55 28 46 40 (France) or Tel: 0844 284 2569 (UK)