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, Montastruc, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Montastruc, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine
604,200 EUR
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6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Montastruc, Lot-et-Garonne, Aquitaine

Impressive character property with 6 bedrooms in an elevated situation in the Lot et Garonne countryside, set in over 6 acres of land with swimming pool and panoramic views. This impressive p...

REF: 218690
  • Floor Size: 250 square metres
  • Plot Size: 25,081 square metres (2.51 hectares / 6.20 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Aubeterre sur Dronne, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Aubeterre sur Dronne, Charente, Poitou-Charentes
595,000 EUR
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6 bedroom French chateau for sale, Aubeterre sur Dronne, Charente, Poitou-Charentes

Charming, historic and gracious small chateau style home, ideally located in a quiet setting within a mature landscaped garden of 5,566m2 with wonderful countryside views. Rich in history and ...

REF: 218607
  • Floor Size: 291 square metres
  • Plot Size: 5,566 square metres (0.56 hectares / 1.38 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Limoux, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Limoux, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
590,000 EUR
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10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Limoux, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon

Limoux XVIIth Century chateau to renovate, with 50+ rooms, 2 towers, habitable apartments, garage, original features, high ceilings, convertible space, strong commercial potential, 1.3 hectare park, ...

REF: 176549
  • Floor Size: 1,600 square metres
  • Plot Size: 12,836 square metres (1.28 hectares / 3.17 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 10
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13 bedroom French chateau for sale, La Souterraine, Creuse, Limousin

13 bedroom French chateau for sale, La Souterraine, Creuse, Limousin
580,880 EUR
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13 bedroom French chateau for sale, La Souterraine, Creuse, Limousin

PRICE REDUCED - Exciting opportunity to become the owner of a Medieval French chateau dating back to the Twelfth Century with royal connections and steeped in history. With origins from 1174, ...

REF: 219680
  • Floor Size: 967 square metres
  • Plot Size: 37,000 square metres (3.70 hectares / 9.14 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 13
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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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11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Pau, Pyrenees-Atlantique, Gascony

11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Pau, Pyrenees-Atlantique, Gascony
568,298 EUR
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11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Pau, Pyrenees-Atlantique, Gascony

Impressive French chateau dating back to the Nineteenth Century having been built by a baritone of the Opera de Paris, using cream Angouleme stone and dominating the landscape of the pretty villages n...

REF: 219697
  • Floor Size: 520 square metres
  • Plot Size: 6,000 square metres (0.60 hectares / 1.48 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 11
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10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Navarrenx, Pyrenees-Atlantique, Gascony

10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Navarrenx, Pyrenees-Atlantique, Gascony
565,000 EUR
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10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Navarrenx, Pyrenees-Atlantique, Gascony

Fabulous opportunity to combine lifestyle change with income generation with this chic chateau and its estate, ideal for creating a stunning boutique hotel, an up-market B&B business or a wedding an...

REF: 214349
  • Floor Size: 500 square metres
  • Plot Size: 6,158 square metres (0.62 hectares / 1.52 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 10
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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, Montaigu de Quercy, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

4 bedroom French chateau for sale, Montaigu de Quercy, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees
471,700 EUR
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4 bedroom French chateau for sale, Montaigu de Quercy, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees

Delightful historic chateau dating back to the Seventeenth Century, set in an estate of over 160 acres with lovely views over the countryside and just 5 minutes away from a pretty Medieval village wi...

REF: 218977
  • Floor Size: 151 square metres
  • Plot Size: 650,000 square metres (65.00 hectares / 160.62 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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8 bedroom French chateau for sale, Chatellerault, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes

8 bedroom French chateau for sale, Chatellerault, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes
447,000 EUR
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8 bedroom French chateau for sale, Chatellerault, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes

Character Nineteenth Century French chateau offering a lifestyle change and income potential with 8 bedrooms, large swimming pool, sauna, guest house and all for a fraction of the cost of a 2 bed apar...

REF: 216080
  • Floor Size: 500 square metres
  • Plot Size: 13,729 square metres (1.37 hectares / 3.39 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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