Saturday, 23 February 2013

Neuvic / Dordogne (24) - 50 ha Domaine

C18th Maison de Maître maintained in excellent condition, situated in a domaine of 50 ha.
The house has been renovated to a high standard, and this includes insulation, double glazing, an alarm system, right down to distribution of TV signal room by room. In total there are 50 ha to enjoy, including a 1 ha lake, fed by a natural source, and there is a small stream bordering the property for 800 metres.
Outbuildings / dépendances in stone, (roughly 100 metres from the Maison de Maître, ôld stables and barn (300 m²), with exceptional potential for conversion to gîtes if required. 2 further stables / shelters in wood, (recently constructed). 8 ha enclosed paddock. 
Price 850,000 €

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Saint Paul de Lizonne / Dordogne (24). A beautifully renovated stone house with a swimming pool

A beautifully renovated stone house with a swimming pool situated at the end of a no through road in a quiet hamlet setting.

The renovation has been carried out with great care to create a charming house that needs no further work – just move in and enjoy the peaceful surroundings and the swimming pool. With an easily maintained garden, it would be perfect as either a holiday home or a permanent home in this picturesque corner of the Dordogne.

Full details, including floor plans & aerial view available.

Price 244,000 €


Sunday, 17 February 2013

Jumilhac Le Grand / Dordogne. Historic C12th Knights Templar Commanderie

The phrase “rare and unique” has never been more appropriately applied when trying to describe this fascinating historical property. Built in the 12th Century, it is the only remaining building of what was originally a Commanderie for the Knights Templar, a large complex of fortified buildings.

Outside, the house is surrounded by gardens which have been planted with a wide variety of specimen trees and shrubs. The Upper Terrace provides shaded seating and spectacular views, the Rose Garden contains some lovely old fashioned roses and the Column Walk provides a vantage point to admire the features of the house. At the bottom of the garden is the "Miraculous Spring", said to cure children who suffer from nightmares!

There is also the former ‘Garconnière’, a small stone tower that would have been home to the servant boys who looked after the Commander. This has the potential to be restored to create a small guest cottage or a studio.

Price 392,200 € (floor plans available).


Champeaux / Dordogne. Luxury stone farmhouse with guest cottage and pool.

A 19th century farmhouse renovated to the highest standard to create a stunningly beautiful property set within a tranquil corner of the Perigord Vert.

The attention to detail and insistence on using only the highest quality materials and fitments marks out this property as one of the most prestigious in the region. Once a working farm belonging to the nearby chateau, the property stands in over two hectares of grounds with uninterrupted panoramic views of the surrounding forest, farmland and the valley below.

In addition to the five bedroomed principal house, this property also offers a fully renovated guest cottage, a swimming pool, landscaped gardens, a 350m2 barn (incorporating a garage and a workshop) and a stable block with a hayloft above.

Floor plans & virtual tour available via main website.  Price 985,000 €


Sunday, 10 February 2013

Mareuil (24) - A superbly renovated stone village property with an indoor pool

A superbly renovated stone property in a peaceful village setting with an indoor swimming pool and beautiful gardens. Offered for sale at a reduced price, it now represents an outstanding investment opportunity given the potential to create at least two further bedrooms to take advantage of the high-end summer rental market.

Originating from the 18th century, this beautiful village house has been renovated to the highest of standards and is impeccably presented with superb attention to detail. Under-floor heating throughout the ground floor, solar panels to heat the water for the pool and house and rainwater harvesting systems all contribute to the environmentally friendly credentials of the property which enjoys an outstanding B rating for energy consumption.

Floor plans & virtual tour available.

Price 349,800 €


Sunday, 3 February 2013

Smart buyers and sellers understand the currency markets

Many of our clients know roughly what the present rate of exchange is on any given date, but it is apparent that many do not appreciate the very significant impact that the swift movement in exchange rates has on their French property.
Starting by considering a UK buyer planning to make a purchase in France – the first thing that most buyers do is set their budget, and then a timescale, typically 6 or 12 months, in which to find that dream home.
Someone with a budget of say £250,000 a year ago would have been aware of an exchange rate of 1.20 to the £. That would have given them a budget in Euro terms of 300,000. If they had kept an eye on rates, they would have noticed that in July 2013 the £ had risen to 1.288, so their purchasing power had increased to 322,000 Euros.  Smart clients took advantage (and our recommendation) to lock into forward contracts to secure these rates moving forwards. Today, the rate has fallen back significantly, and the £ stands at a measly 1.15, meaning that their budget has been slashed to 287,500 Euros. The difference between these  2  figures is a gaping 34,500 € or 12%. Smart clients will have purchased at least some of their currency requirement, say £150,000 worth close to when rates were peaking.
Turning to vendors with property on the market, but making the journey back to the UK once the sale is concluded.  Once again, if we use an example of someone offering their property to the market in mid-summer for 300,000 €, the exchange rate back to Sterling was around £0.776. So, their 300,000 price tag was worth £232,800. Assuming that these vendors are still for sale some 6 months later,  they are often reluctant to reduce their asking price, as they have done their sums and calculated that their house owes them 290,000 Euros (purchase costs + improvement works), and they know that they are likely to have to accept offers. So they dig their heels in and await that offer.
Very few use the currency market to their advantage, and think that had we sold back in July 2012, we would have received £232,800, but if they did the mathematics today, they would realize that accepting an offer of 285,000 € would actually yield £247,665. Thus a price reduction of 15,000 Euros actually translates to a gain of £14,865 (today’s rate of £0.869). A vendor lucky enough to achieve the full asking price would see a Sterling return of £260,700.
Clients are often very focused on negotiating 5 or 10% off an asking price, but not enough understand the markets to make them work in their favour.
Our traders will enhance the opportunities for a buyer via a “Market Watch” service. Give them the parameters of the deal that you want to achieve and they will notify you if/when the currency market brings the property within budget.
One contract type is used to help clients that are working to this type of budget is a limit order. This allows a client to select an exchange rate they want/need to achieve to be able to afford the property in question. There are no charges or deposits required to place a limit and once the currency market reaches the desired level the system automatically completes the GBP/EUR transfer for the client.
Exchange rates change every 2 seconds and 1% movement in a day is not uncommon in the current climate. This is where we believe that our strategy of working with a trusted currency dealer as an integral part of our business works to the advantage of our clients, both buyers and sellers.
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Friday, 1 February 2013

Miallet (24) - An immaculately refurbished 1950’s stone cottage

An immaculately refurbished 1950’s stone cottage set in beautiful gardens on the edge of a quiet hamlet.

The current owners have spared no expense in refurbishing and modernising this property with great taste and have created an absolutely immaculate home that needs no further work. Just move in and enjoy!
The garden has been a labour of love for the owner who has created a delightful landscaped area with raised vegetable beds, a wildlife pond, graveled pathways and flowerbeds. To the rear of the formal garden is a small meadow and an orchard and there is a greenhouse and outbuildings. It can all be enjoyed from the covered balcony or from a large paved patio that sits beneath the balcony.

The property sits within the stunningly beautiful countryside of the Parc Naturel Regional Perigord-Limousin yet is just 40 minutes from the airport at Limoges.

Price 199,280