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7 bedroom Manor House for sale with countryside view with Income Potential in La Rochelle, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248581
Charming character property for sale between La Rochelle and the Marais Poitevin, with 7 bedrooms and swimming pool, set in lovely mature grounds. This beautiful residence, typically Aunisian, wa...
985,000 EUR
9 bedroom Chateau for sale with Income Potential in Blaye, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248579
Nestling in nearly 5 acres of glorious landscaped gardens is this beautifully renovated 9 bedroom South facing French Chateau with separate one bedroom apartment and outbuildings, ideally located i...
1,500,000 EUR
10 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view with Income Potential in Mont, Orthez, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248572
Nestling in over 6 acres of glorious land with beautiful gardens, pool and outbuildings, is this fabulous 10 bedroom medieval Chateau with two gites, enjoying far reaching countryside views from it...
945,000 EUR
13 bedroom House for sale with countryside view with Income Potential in Saint Sornin, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248542
Wonderful opportunity to acquire 3 beautiful modern houses nestling in over 3 acres of glorious land with gardens, trees and a river, while enjoying countryside views from its peaceful location in ...
1,200,000 EUR
7 bedroom House for sale with countryside view with Income Potential in Baurech, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248541
Nestling in nearly 7 acres of glorious land with mature gardens, a pool and fruit trees, is this charming 7 bedroom house with outbuildings, enjoying far reaching countryside views from its peacefu...
1,495,000 EUR
Spacious 8 bedroom Farmhouse for sale with countryside view in Lauzun, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248526
Delightful and generous country property in a quiet location, just 10 minutes drive from the town of Eymet in an elevated position with open views of the surrounding countryside. The 8 bedroom pr...
598,500 EUR
Bright 3 bedroom House for sale in Ars en Re, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248522
Modern and stylish 3 bedroom house close to the heart of the village of Ars en Re, within easy reach of amenities. This desirbale property comes with living space of 136m2 and includes, on the gr...
795,000 EUR
Renovated 9 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in La Rochelle, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248514
Delightful Nineteenth Century chateau in Benon, not far from La Rochelle it once served as the country retreat of the Delmas family, esteemed ship owners from La Rochelle. Nestled discreetly amid...
1,590,000 EUR
Unique 5 bedroom Chateau for sale with panoramic view in L'Isle Jourdain, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248502
Unique opportunity to acquire a beautiful, partially renovated house with garden and mooring, situated on an island, enjoying panoramic views from its location in L'Isle Jourdain. This grand parti...
750,000 EUR
Income Producing 3 bedroom House for sale with countryside view in Le Buisson de Cadouin, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248501
Wonderful opportunity to acquire an established campsite with 2 gites, and a 3 bedroom house, nestling in nearly 11 acres of land with 2 pools and outbuilding, ideally located near Le Buisson de C...
1,165,000 EUR
Immaculate 4 bedroom House for sale with countryside view in Bordeaux, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248493
Nestling in over 5 hectares of glorious land with gardens and expansive pool, is this exceptional 4 bedroom house with outbuildings, enjoying far reaching countryside views from its location in the...
1,045,000 EUR
10 bedroom Manor House for sale with countryside view with Income Potential in Lauzun, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248457
Nestled amidst the serene countryside of Lauzun, this excellent estate embodies the epitome of refined living. Boasting a total of 10 bedrooms and 15 rooms across its 540m2, this property offers am...
842,500 EUR
Renovated 3 bedroom House for sale in Eymet, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248455
Superb opportunity to own a lovely 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom stone property, with pool, around 15 minutes from Eymet. This could be a perfect holiday home, or perhaps a principal residence with the o...
424,000 EUR
Renovated 6 bedroom Farmhouse for sale with countryside view in Nerac, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248453
Renovated character farmhouse with lovely pool and countryside views 10 minutes from Nerac, Lot et Garonne. The spacious stone property of approximately 285 m2 is set in over an acre of land w...
458,000 EUR
10 bedroom House for sale with countryside view with Income Potential in Agen, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248449
Charming rural property comprising a stone house, a stone guest house, swimming pool and approximately over 6 acres of land, all in a quiet location just a few minutes from Agen in the Lot et Garon...
549,000 EUR
Income Producing 13 bedroom Farmhouse for sale with countryside view in Villereal, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248448
Charming property in a dominant position comprising a main house and 5 independent dwellings. Currently used as gites, this property offers great potential for tourism. Situated at the end of a q...
1,266,000 EUR
Renovated 6 bedroom House for sale with countryside view in Chasseneuil sur Bonnieure, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248446
A beautifully renovated and delightful mill offering a unique blend of country character and modern comfort nestled by the gentle flow of the Bonnieure river. This spacious 6 bedroom property has...
550,000 EUR
Immaculate 6 bedroom Villa for sale in Cap Ferret, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248445
In excellent condition is this luxuriously renovated 6 bedroom villa with garden and pool, ideally located near to the beach and all amenities in Cap Ferret. Situated close to the Port de la Vigne...
4,200,000 EUR
4 bedroom Apartment for sale with sea view with Income Potential in Arcachon, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248443
Rare opportunity to acquire a stunning 4 bedroom luxury duplex apartment, enjoying breathtaking sea views from its idyllic location in Arcachon. This magnificent property where tradition meets mo...
2,130,000 EUR
4 bedroom Farmhouse for sale with Income Potential in Duras, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248442
A beautifully renovated Nineteenth Century stone property, with pool and B&B business, in a tranquil situation just a short drive from Duras and 20 km from Bergerac airport. The character farmh...
689,000 EUR

Area Guide

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 is therefore popular with nature lovers, hikers and lovers of all kinds of outdoor sports. Even today, Landes is one of the most sparsely populated areas of France, with the main industry of the area being timber. The Atlantic coastline is almost a solid and unbroken stretch of sandy beach and a continuation of the Côte d'Argent beach, yet much of it remains wholly unspoilt and undeveloped. All this means that is possible to find some absolute gems of Aquitaine property in Landes. Almost ¼ of dwellings in the department are second homes, further emphasising the beautiful natural and unspoilt atmosphere of this amazing department.

Finally the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques shares borders with both the Atlantic Ocean and Spain. The department is essentially composed of the former province of Bearn and the Basque country, and has a unique culture with a strong Spanish influence. The Pyrénées-Atlantiques offers perhaps the most diverse choice of Aquitaine property, from coastal views and beaches around St Jean de Luz and Biarritz, to mountain views of the Pyrenees, and skiing on the high slopes. Aquitaine property in this department has perhaps the best climate in France, and even the foothills of the Pyrenees are lush and verdant year-round due to the warm climate and adequate rainfall caused by the high peaks nearby. At higher altitudes this falls as winter snow, providing some of the best skiing in France. The capital, Pau, is known for its elegant Aquitaine property and architecture, and was a popular thermal resort in the 19th century, especially for the British. Lac Gentau, and the area surrounding the lake is also a popular choice in which to buy Aquitaine property.

Buying a Property in France

1. Signing the Agreement (Compris)

On finding a property you wish to purchase you will need to negotiate the terms, price and conditions of the sale with the owner.

The next step, once you are in agreement, is to sign the preliminary contract (Compromis de Vente). This is a legal document and after ten days will be binding on both parties. Rules change frequently in France and it is best to consult with your notary about when this period starts. Generally the compris will be signed in France with the Agent.

Variants can be included in the compris, for example an Acte (clause) can be added if the name or names to go on the title deed have not been finalised. If a mortgage will be required to purchase the property, the details for this, including the name of the mortgage company, must be on the compris.

2. Paying the Deposit

Generally the deposit will be 10% of the agreed purchase price. This will normally be paid to the notaire. There are exceptions to this, if the agent holds a carte professionelle, is bonded and fully registered then you may pay them, but do not hand over the deposit to anyone else. If for some reason the purchase does not go through, for example, if you write to the notaire and the agent that you do not wish to go continue with the purchase before the contract is binding (within seven days of signing the compris), then your deposit would be repaid. This would also apply if a condition had not been met, or the mayor or S.A.F.E.R. (a government agency that has the right of first purchase on most rural property that comes onto the market in France) could oblige the purchaser to give way. If you decide after the seven days 'cooling off' period that you do not wish to complete the purchase and pull out of the sale you would lose your deposit. If however the vendor pulls out of the sale then you will receive your deposit back plus the same amount from the vendor.

3. On Completion

Generally it will take around two or three months to complete the purchase.

During this time the balance of the purchase money must be paid into the account of the notaire, this must be done well ahead of the completion date. The notaire will prepare the documents, check that the deed of sale (Acte de Vente) is in order and have the legal title ready to be signed over. It is possible to have someone sign on your behalf if you give them power of attorney. An interpreter may be of use at this point if your French is not very good and many Notaires will suggest (or insist) that an interpreter is with you.

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