The beautiful region of Aquitaine lies to the southwest of France, bordering the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Pyrenees Mountains to the south, along the border with Spain. Aquitaine property can be found throughout this diverse and historic region, in each of the constituent departments of Dordogne, Lot et Garonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Landes and Gironde.
Aquitaine was once a kingdom in its own right after Charlemagne proclaimed his own son, Louis, King of Aquitaine in 781. Perhaps its most important historic character, the headstrong and determined Eleanor of Aquitaine, saw the kingdom pass first to French rule with her marriage to Louis VII, and then to English rule with the annulment of her first marriage and subsequent wedding to Henry II in 1154, making Eleanor of Aquitaine one of Europe’s most powerful women, and mother to the famous Richard the Lionheart, and equally infamous ‘Bad King John’. Wines from the southwest of France were shipped from the Atlantic ports of Bordeaux and Biarritz, amongst others, to the English court and nobility, leading to vast wealth in the region while under English rule, as it remained until the end of the Hundred Years War in 1453 when it was annexed by France. This 300 year association with England has not been altogether left in the annals of history, with Aquitaine property still being popular with second-home buyers from the UK, especially in the Dordogne.
Aquitaine property in the Dordogne can be found in the characteristic rural landscapes of the area, with gently rolling hills and valleys covered with sun-drenched vineyards. The Dordogne is one of the earliest known centres of habitation in Europe, and many prehistoric sites can be found, especially around the area of Lascaux, which boasts stunning caves, which are a UNESCO world heritage site, and Les Eyzies. Dordogne roughly equates to the ancient county of Le Périgord, and is dotted with small villages, ancient castles and manor houses. Aquitaine property in the Dordogne offers a tranquil and rural way of life, and often Aquitaine property for sale here are farmhouses with vineyards or older, character filled chateaux with panoramic rural views. Dordogne is perhaps best known within France for its gastronomic delights, and any Aquitaine property in this department is likely to be in close proximity to delightful restaurants selling the local specialities of truffles, walnuts or foie-gras.
Next to Dordogne, but also bordering the Atlantic Ocean is the department of Gironde with its capital, synonymous with wine-production, Bordeaux. Gironde consists of low lying land along the Gironde estuary, where the mouths of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers merge. Most of this department is devoted to, and famed for, its wine production, including the area of Médoc, perhaps the most prestigious of the wine-producing areas. Almost any Aquitaine property in Gironde is likely to be nestled between several vineyards and any wine lover could spend a (delightful!) eternity touring around the local vineyards and sampling the local wines. Aquitaine property in the city of Bordeaux itself is found in a beautiful city, where the town’s wealth can be seen in the stunning architecture of the buildings, such as the unique 18th century theatre. On the coast, the resort of Arcachon is a popular place for keen yachtsmen to buy Aquitaine property, due to its sheltered anchorage and proximity to the Dune du Pilat, the highest sand dune in Europe. Often Aquitaine property located in this department has breathtaking sea views, and the Côte d'Argent beach is Europe’s longest and attracts many surfers to Lacanau every year.
Lot-et-Garonne’s landscapes are remarkably similar to those of Dordogne, with gently rolling hills, vineyards and woodland, yet with riverside Aquitaine property on the banks of the Lot and Garonne rivers that give the department its name. Aquitaine property can be found in this department to suit most tastes, combining picturesque old manor houses set within large estates, rural farmhouses with land and equestrian facilities, riverside Aquitaine property or characterful village houses with countryside views.
Aquitaine property in Landes is often found in or near the beautiful forests that cover this department. Les Landes is the most heavily forested area in Europe, with the vast pine forests interspersed with areas of wild heathland and farmland. Aquitaine property in Landes ... More
Mill in Beaumont du Perigord
28,000 sqm of land
(2.8 hectares / 6.7 acres)
Beautiful renovated stone built 16th century water mill. The peaceful, bubbling sound of water can be heard from all the properties on the 7 acres estate. The estate has a main house, where the water...
Manor House in Peyrehorade
470 sqm (5057.2 sq ft) floor size
5,803 sqm of land
(0.6 hectares / 1.4 acres)
Lake, Pond or River
PRICE REDUCED - For sale mansion of the 16th century, 35 mins drive from Biarritz airport, park, meadows, wood with two small ponds, an area of 5, 38 ha. It consists of 12 rooms for approximately 4...
House in Ste Foy la Grande
630 sqm (6778.8 sq ft) floor size
Very rare opportunity : hôtel particulier on the river banks of the Dordogne. Large reception rooms, stone staircase, 7 bedrooms (about 630 m2 habitable space). Convertible attic. Garage, conservator...
House in Verteillac Area
4,500 sqm of land
(0.5 hectares / 1.1 acres)
A 6 bedroom Maison de Maître with a walled garden of over 4,500m2, situated in a pretty Dordogne village. The house dates from 1763 with stone carvings on the exterior in the distinctive Shell desig...
Farmhouse in Lanquais
100,000 sqm of land
(10.0 hectares / 24.0 acres)
Property comprising a 4 bedroomed main house, barns and studio all stone built plus 5 separate en-suite bedrooms for b & b. Lots of privacy and space with over 24 acres of land on offer, for long c...
Farmhouse in Gensac
300 sqm (3228 sq ft) floor size
15,000 sqm of land
(1.5 hectares / 3.6 acres)
PRICE REDUCED - Standing overlooking the Duréze valley, this imposing detached stone property with its seven bedrooms and four bathrooms, gives 300m2 of modern living space, with architectural feature...
Farmhouse in Near Ste Foy la Grande
6,000 sqm of land
(0.6 hectares / 1.4 acres)
PRICE REDUCED - PRICE REDUCED - A four bedroomed, three bathroom stone house set in a rural, yet not isolated location. This property is set in mature gardens of 6000m2 with plenty of fruit trees and ...
House in La Reole Area
2,200 sqm of land
(0.2 hectares / 0.5 acres)
PRICE REDUCED - This lovely 3 bedroom stone house is set in a very cute village with pretty canals and walks. The property is set in 2,200m2 of land and comprises: 2 living rooms, dining room, kitch...
French Chateau in South West France
600 sqm (6456 sq ft) floor size
320,000 sqm of land
(32.0 hectares / 76.8 acres)
A large chateau dating from the 17th and 18th Centuries, sitting in 32 hectares of woodland and farmland. A further 5 houses, barn and outbuildings are included in the sale. Formerly used as a conva...
House in Lalinde Area
7,500 sqm of land
(0.8 hectares / 1.8 acres)
Lake, Pond or River
PRICED REDUCED - A modern stone built house with 4 bedrooms plus an annex with 1 bedroom. Situated on land of 1.7 acres with views over the Dordogne valley and the surrounding countryside, this house...
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