French Equestrian Property
Whether you own one horse, 5 horses, or perhaps breed and train dozens for a living, PPG are almost certain to have a suitable equestrian property in France. If you are looking to buy a French cottage with pasture land or to move your business abroad to take advantage of the better climate and value-for-money that France can offer, please take a look at our comprehensive listings of equestrian properties.
Several of our larger French properties include full equestrian facilities such as a tack room, gallops, feed storage, covered riding schools, convenient water supplies, and many acres of quality pasture.
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.
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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- Plot Size: 46,489 square metres (4.65 hectares / 11.49 acres)
- Bedrooms: 14
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- Floor Size: 907 square metres
- Plot Size: 254,818 square metres (25.48 hectares / 62.97 acres)
- Bedrooms: 13
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- Floor Size: 712 square metres
- Plot Size: 250,000 square metres (25.00 hectares / 61.78 acres)
- Bedrooms: 10
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- Floor Size: 864 square metres
- Plot Size: 69,842 square metres (6.98 hectares / 17.26 acres)
- Bedrooms: 11
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- Plot Size: 60,467 square metres (6.05 hectares / 14.94 acres)
- Bedrooms: 14
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- Floor Size: 657 square metres
- Plot Size: 44,515 square metres (4.45 hectares / 11.00 acres)
- Bedrooms: 11
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- Floor Size: 800 square metres
- Plot Size: 220,000 square metres (22.00 hectares / 54.36 acres)
- Bedrooms: 15
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- Floor Size: 710 square metres
- Plot Size: 45,000 square metres (4.50 hectares / 11.12 acres)
- Bedrooms: 9
PRICE REDUCED - Charming equestrian property with 5 hectares of land, located in a highly privileged location by the fabulous river Tarn and only a few miles from the town of Gaillac. This exceptional...
- Plot Size: 50,000 square metres (5.00 hectares / 12.36 acres)
- Bedrooms: 7
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- Floor Size: 820 square metres
- Plot Size: 20,000 square metres (2.00 hectares / 4.94 acres)
- Bedrooms: 4