Sunday, 28 July 2013

Nr Sarlat - For sale : superb Perigordian gite complex with 8 ha

Rare opportunity to acquire a character set of Perigordian properties, in the truly superb touristic area of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, near to Sarlat, right in the heart of the Perigord Noir.

The principal house offers around 300m² SH over 3 levels, and has been divided to provide flexible accommodation by the present owner. Part of the property has been separated, to provide an extra gite, but a connecting door, can open the whole house if the new owners prefer.

Each of the dwellings oozes character and have been finished to a high standard, using quality materials. There are plenty of exposed beams, stone walls, and stone sinks. Each property also has its own private terrace and BBQ area.

Outside the grounds are lovely, with panoramic views, and a magnificent 12 x 6 pool which is alarmed. In all there is around 8 hectares of land, including plenty of grazing (horse shelter) and some woodland. There is also a converted garage, which could be designated as another dwelling, and is easily converted.

Set well away from departmental roads, the environment is perfect, with mature trees offering shade where required. 

Price 735,000 €


Monday, 22 July 2013

Nr Sarlat - For sale : superb gite complex with over 20 ha. Exclusive agency

There are three things that matter in property: location, location, location. This property is perfect - situated at the end of a quiet country lane with sweeping panoramic views in almost every direction across the valley. Here just three cottages and the owner’s house plus some barns are set amidst over 20 private hectares of beautiful open countryside.

The cottages have been beautifully restored to a very good standard. Exposed stone, beams and historic features have been retained to preserve their charm and character.

The swimming pool measures 12 x 6m, (depth 1.3-1.8m) with Roman steps, and is set away from the houses. There are several terraces and Bbq areas for guests. The main letting units all benefit from under-floor heating, and come equipped with white goods including washing machines, dishwashers, microwaves etc. 

Price 1,312,500 €


Sunday, 21 July 2013

Superb B & B opportunity : Nr Argentat sur Dordogne, Maison de Maître with 8 beds

Very large price reduction.

This very impressive detached manor house from 1842 is located on a village road. The gorgeous property was renovated by it’s owner in 1997, whilst maintaining the authentic features such as stone sinks, many original fireplaces and a beautiful staircase.

All rooms in this house are light and have high ceilings, many of them with cornices. There are seven bedrooms and six+ bathrooms and the possibility of a guesthouse in the garden. It is an ideal property for use as a Bed and Breakfast, or for a large family, or even as a holiday house for several families.

The house benefits from oil-fired central heating with additional electric radiators, there is also air-conditioning. One notable feature is that there is a fireplace in nearly every room. All windows are double glazed and have shutters. The house is connected to mains drainage and broadband internet connection (ADSL) is available.

Massively discounted price now 295,000 €


Sunday, 14 July 2013

July 14th

July 14th - This date in France can only mean one thing – Bastille Day !

The Bastille is a medieval fortress and prison in Paris. Many people in France associated it with the very harsh rule of the Bourbon monarchy in the late 1700s. On July 14 1789, troops stormed the Bastille. This has been seen as the pivotal event at the beginning of the French Revolution. Fête de la Fédération was held on July 14, 1790. This has been seen ever since as the way to celebrate the establishment of a constitutional monarchy in France.

Official celebrations were held in Paris on June 30, 1878, to honor the Republic of France, this was followed on 14th  July 1879, when more official celebrations were held. These included a military review in Longchamp near Paris and celebrations all over the country. After this it was proposed that July 14th should become a holiday in France in 1880, the law being enacted on July 6th 1880. Bastille Day then became a public holiday for the first time on July 14th 1880. The military parade in Paris has been held every year since 1880, except during World War II.

No French Bank Holiday would be complete without a delicious meal. Many communes have a ‘get-together’ on Bastille Day, a type of street party. But in many regions, families gather to enjoy a typically leisurely informal meal in the middle of the day.

Nowadays, the parade and the meals are traditions that are still going strong, but fireworks have also become a traditional part of the festivities in many regions of France. Especially in the bigger cities, you can expect to enjoy a patriotic fireworks display in the evening, sometimes on the 13th, but more likely on the evening of the 14th.

A day like Bastille Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate everything French, and what better way to do just that than buying a French property? You can start your search on our website where over 200 properties are displayed. Break out a bottle of champagne – go on spoil yourselves !

Monday, 1 July 2013

You cannot be serious !

It is, in case you hadn’t noticed, Wimbledon fortnight. “You cannot be serious” – the famous words of John McEnroe at Wimbledon during his tirade at an umpire during a match at Wimbledon in 1981.

Well, we have had some interesting situations during the last few days that almost call for those famous words to be shouted out aloud once more, but not at SW19, but here in the Dordogne Valley.

First we have had a vendor, tied into us with an exclusive mandat, trying to do their own thing with a private sale.

Then we had a buyer agreeing to a purchase, with the viewing taking place only using a portable telephone and Skype technology.

Then to round things off, we obtained an offer at the full asking price for a property, (at which point the vendors are legally obliged to sell).  The vendors tried to get a bit greedy, and agreed a deal with another buyer via another agency, for 1000 € more.  The outcome of that is that they now have a legal case on their hands, as they are liable for our fees!

The moral of these brief snippets, is you need to be very serious, and know how to handle a French sale or purchase. The rules are different in France to the UK, and we will do everything we can to guide you. Don’t get yourself into a tangle !

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