Escape to the Chateau
Escape to the Chateau
Escape to the Chateau

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For over twenty years we have built a network of the best professional agents in the most desirable locations. We offer our clients a tailored personal service, at no extra expense. We make sure that buying your overseas property, from initial viewings to final purchase, goes as smoothly as possible.

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Escape to the Chateau

In homage to the irrepressible Dick and Angel who have turned an abandoned chateau into a home on Channel 4's "Escape to the Chateau", we bring you some of our more affordable chateaux and large manor houses in France. They may need some TLC, but if you're looking for an adventure, nothing can compare to seeing a beautiful ancient building come back to life.

Guide to the French Buying Process

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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IMPORTANT - Disclaimer :
All information provided is believed to be current and provided free of charge. No liability can be accepted for the reliability of the information and statements made as this is obtained from 3rd parties. We always recommend you take legal advice from a fully qualified Lawyer or Notary before buying a property overseas.

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6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Poitiers, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes

6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Poitiers, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes
572,400 EUR
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6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Poitiers, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes

Grand, spacious and romantic French Chateau with a total of 6 bedrooms, set within over 3 acres of land, located near a lake, river and many walks and all shops and amenities are just a short drive a...

REF: 219398
  • Floor Size: 340 square metres
  • Plot Size: 12,575 square metres (1.26 hectares / 3.11 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Vic Fezensac, Gers, Gascony

6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Vic Fezensac, Gers, Gascony
495,000 EUR
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6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Vic Fezensac, Gers, Gascony

Charming Chateau style property ideally located in a quiet area in Vic-Fezensac, set within 2.24 hectares of land, yet situated close to the city with all amenities and shops. With around 315m...

REF: 210077
  • Plot Size: 22,400 square metres (2.24 hectares / 5.54 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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4 bedroom French chateau for sale, Couiza, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

4 bedroom French chateau for sale, Couiza, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
445,200 EUR
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4 bedroom French chateau for sale, Couiza, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

Unique chance to become the owner of a piece of history with this Twelfth Century corner tower of a chateau, sympathetically restored over recent years to create a peaceful and special retreat.

REF: 201143
  • Floor Size: 139 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,260 square metres (0.13 hectares / 0.31 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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Stunning French Chateau for sale with 8 bedrooms in the Limousin

Stunning French Chateau for sale with 8 bedrooms in the Limousin
750,000 EUR

Stunning French Chateau for sale with 8 bedrooms in the Limousin

Fully renovated eight bedroom chateau with heated in ground pool in the centre of historic Chalus. Plantagenet Manor is a beautiful eight bedroom chateau with an in-ground all season heated Ro...

REF: 222089
  • Plot Size: 6,709 square metres (0.67 hectares / 1.66 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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9 bedroom French chateau for sale, Castres, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees

9 bedroom French chateau for sale, Castres, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees
750,000 EUR

9 bedroom French chateau for sale, Castres, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees

Full of original character and charm, this exceptional 9 bedroom Chateau, with its origins dating from 1900, is set within an idyllic wooded park of 45,000m2, with pasture land, which is ideal for hor...

REF: 226559
  • Floor Size: 445 square metres
  • Plot Size: 45,000 square metres (4.50 hectares / 11.12 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 9
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8 bedroom manor house for sale, Beziers, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon

8 bedroom manor house for sale, Beziers, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon
745,000 EUR

8 bedroom manor house for sale, Beziers, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon

Full of character and charm, this elegant manor house has a total spacious living area of 400m2, which includes 8 bedrooms and 7 bath/shower rooms and there is a heated swimming pool set within the ma...

REF: 229326
  • Floor Size: 400 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,360 square metres (0.14 hectares / 0.34 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Royere de Vassiviere, Creuse, Limousin

6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Royere de Vassiviere, Creuse, Limousin
745,000 EUR

6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Royere de Vassiviere, Creuse, Limousin

Exceptional opportunity to acquire an exquisite 6 bedroom French chateau being sold fully furnished and beautifully presented, with swimming pool and over 5 acres of glorious land, located near all am...

REF: 229358
  • Floor Size: 518 square metres
  • Plot Size: 22,951 square metres (2.30 hectares / 5.67 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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6 bedroom manor house for sale, Thouars, Deux-Sevres, Poitou-Charentes

6 bedroom manor house for sale, Thouars, Deux-Sevres, Poitou-Charentes
742,000 EUR

6 bedroom manor house for sale, Thouars, Deux-Sevres, Poitou-Charentes

Full of character and charm, this stunning 6 bedroom chateau style mansion, is ideally situated right in the heart of historic Thouars, on a large plot of 3,446m2 and hidden behind high walls and impr...

REF: 227573
  • Floor Size: 600 square metres
  • Plot Size: 3,446 square metres (0.34 hectares / 0.85 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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9 bedroom house for sale, Montcuq, Lot, Midi-Pyrenees

9 bedroom house for sale, Montcuq, Lot, Midi-Pyrenees
735,000 EUR

9 bedroom house for sale, Montcuq, Lot, Midi-Pyrenees

Outstanding renovated stone property of 400m2 with its exceptionally spacious rooms including 9 bedrooms, with family accommodation over several floors with independent options, a swimming pool and ...

REF: 208481
  • Floor Size: 400 square metres
  • Plot Size: 23,000 square metres (2.30 hectares / 5.68 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 9
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5 bedroom French chateau for sale, Monflanquin, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

5 bedroom French chateau for sale, Monflanquin, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
725,000 EUR

5 bedroom French chateau for sale, Monflanquin, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

Beautifully restored 5 bedroom 18th century chartreuse castle with expansive pool nestling in nearly 11 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens, enjoying scenic countryside views from its dominant posit...

REF: 224372
  • Floor Size: 245 square metres
  • Plot Size: 43,510 square metres (4.35 hectares / 10.75 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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