Gironde Property
Gironde Property
Gironde Property
Gironde Property

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Gironde Property

The Area

Dordogne, Lot et Garonne and Gironde. These areas lie in south-west France east of Bordeaux but within 1.5 to 2 hours' drive of the beaches of Les Landes, which are reached through attractive pine forests. This is not a region to appeal to those wanting busy holiday areas with all the razzamatazz of night clubs. Its great attractions lie in the beauty and peace of the countryside, the attractive valleys of the great rivers of the Dordogne and the Garonne and smaller rivers such as the Dronne.

The famous vineyards of the area are a joy to walk through and the fertile land is well-cultivated with many drops, the sunflowers being a special attraction. The area is also renowned for its excellent food and wine which can be enjoyed at the many good restaurants. Bergerac is the nearest main town and offers excellent shops and a wealth of history. Bordeaux, another ancient port famed for its wine trade, has the main airport for the area which is about 1.5 hours' drive from La Roquille and has regular flights to the UK taking around 1.5 hours to London. The Pyrenees are within four hours' drive for weekend visits.

In the 14th century, missiles would have been flung from the three pointed towers of the Valentré bridge, still standing in Cahors. Legacies of the era abound - domed fortified churches, more than a thousand castles, and new towns with arcaded squares called bastides built on the French and English front lines. Domme and Monpazier are the loveliest. The traditional rural architecture, in sun soaked limestone crowned with roofs of canal tiles or black stone is among the imaginative in France. Dovecots and dry stone shepherds' huts dot the landscape.

Activities

The rivers offer safe, clean beaches for swimming. Towns and large villages all have swimming pools or man-made lakes, tennis courts and boulodromes for a round of boules. River ports hire out canoes or kayaks, the most spectacular way to see the Dordogne.

Walking and riding trails wind through the woodlands, and new golf courses open every year. There are various festivals including on the first Sunday in July - La Félibrée folk festival held annually in a different village.

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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Wine Estate for Sale in the Gironde

Wine Estate for Sale in the Gironde
31,500,000 EUR

Wine Estate for Sale in the Gironde

Superb wine producing estate, set within over 20 hectares of land. Living accommodation is within a charming, fully renovated 19th Century castle with an indoor swimming pool and surrounded by ...

REF: 176088
  • Plot Size: 200,000 square metres (20.00 hectares / 49.42 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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5 bedroom villa for sale, Pyla sur Mer, Arcachon, Gironde, Gascony

5 bedroom villa for sale, Pyla sur Mer, Arcachon, Gironde, Gascony
11,550,000 EUR

5 bedroom villa for sale, Pyla sur Mer, Arcachon, Gironde, Gascony

Unique opportunity to acquire an outstanding 5 bedroom beachfront villa with indoor pool, nestling in half an acre of glorious landscaped gardens while enjoying breathtaking views towards Cap Ferret,...

REF: 234607
  • Floor Size: 550 square metres
  • Plot Size: 2,145 square metres (0.21 hectares / 0.53 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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French Vineyard with 8 Bedroom Chateau and 33 Hectares for Sale in Bordeaux Area

French Vineyard with 8 Bedroom Chateau and 33 Hectares for Sale in Bordeaux Area
4,558,000 EUR

French Vineyard with 8 Bedroom Chateau and 33 Hectares for Sale in Bordeaux Area

Beautiful Bordeaux vineyard for sale featuring an Eighteenth Century chateau and over 30 hectares of prime AOC Cotes de Bordeaux vines. This productive and enviable estate of 33 hectares incl...

REF: 232989
  • Floor Size: 650 square metres
  • Plot Size: 330,000 square metres (33.00 hectares / 81.55 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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4 bedroom villa for sale, Pyla sur Mer, Arcachon, Gironde, Gascony

4 bedroom villa for sale, Pyla sur Mer, Arcachon, Gironde, Gascony
3,780,000 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, Pyla sur Mer, Arcachon, Gironde, Gascony

Enjoying breathtaking sea views across the Bay of Arcachon and the ocean, is this stunning 4 bedroom villa with beautiful garden and expansive pool, ideally located near all amenities in Pyla sur Mer....

REF: 234195
  • Floor Size: 240 square metres
  • Plot Size: 815 square metres (0.08 hectares / 0.20 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Coutras, Gironde, Aquitaine

10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Coutras, Gironde, Aquitaine
3,150,000 EUR

10 bedroom French chateau for sale, Coutras, Gironde, Aquitaine

Inviting lifestyle and investment opportunity with this Nineteenth Century renovated Chateau in AOC Bordeaux Superieur, with vineyards, lake and additional buildings, set in an estate of 60 acres. <...

REF: 222118
  • Floor Size: 310 square metres
  • Plot Size: 240,000 square metres (24.00 hectares / 59.31 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 10
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12 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Gascony

12 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Gascony
2,850,000 EUR

12 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Gascony

Nestling in 4 hectares of glorious landscaped gardens is this exceptional 12 bedroom Italianate style French Chateau with expansive pool, located near all amenities in Bordeaux. This wonderful ...

REF: 232957
  • Floor Size: 1,100 square metres
  • Plot Size: 40,000 square metres (4.00 hectares / 9.88 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 12
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11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Saint Emilion, Gironde, Gascony

11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Saint Emilion, Gironde, Gascony
2,750,000 EUR

11 bedroom French chateau for sale, Saint Emilion, Gironde, Gascony

Exceptional fully renovated 8 bedroom, 18th century French Chateau with 3 bedroom gite, cinema room, function room, gym and pool, nestling in 10.5 acres of glorious land on the banks of the Dordogne R...

REF: 230074
  • Floor Size: 686 square metres
  • Plot Size: 42,512 square metres (4.25 hectares / 10.51 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 11
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16 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Gascony

16 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Gascony
2,650,000 EUR

16 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Gascony

Grand spacious and beautifully presented Bordeaux vineyard estate, set within a quiet setting on 13.24 hectares of land, including 8.18 hectares of AOC Bordeaux vines, large 10 bedroom stone country h...

REF: 223583
  • Floor Size: 660 square metres
  • Plot Size: 47,706 square metres (4.77 hectares / 11.79 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 16
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8 bedroom house for sale, St Genes, Bordeaux, Gironde, Gascony

8 bedroom house for sale, St Genes, Bordeaux, Gironde, Gascony
2,550,000 EUR

8 bedroom house for sale, St Genes, Bordeaux, Gironde, Gascony

A beautiful South facing 3 storey, 8 bedroom 19th Century mansion, full of charm and elegance with lush mature garden, located in St Genes, Bordeaux. This impressive property of approximately 430m...

REF: 232992
  • Floor Size: 430 square metres
  • Plot Size: 535 square metres (0.05 hectares / 0.13 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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6 bedroom villa for sale, Pyla sur Mer, Arcachon, Gironde, Gascony

6 bedroom villa for sale, Pyla sur Mer, Arcachon, Gironde, Gascony
2,310,000 EUR

6 bedroom villa for sale, Pyla sur Mer, Arcachon, Gironde, Gascony

Charming 6 bedroom South facing villa, surrounded by a beautiful landscaped garden while enjoying sea views from its ideal location near the beach and all amenities in Pyla sur Mer. This spaci...

REF: 232797
  • Floor Size: 210 square metres
  • Plot Size: 697 square metres (0.07 hectares / 0.17 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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