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Immaculate 11 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside and panoramic views in Bordeaux, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 249341
Recommended
Immaculately presented 11 bedroom light-coloured limestone Chateau, situated in a quiet setting close to Bordeaux. With an overhauled slate-covered roof, the chateau is positioned at the centre of...
3,850,000 EUR
Bright 5 bedroom House for sale in Pyla sur Mer, Arcachon, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 249311
Pleasant 5 bedroom villa, which is situated within a quiet and highly sought-after area of Le Pyla sur Mer. With around 180m2 of living area, features include, on the entrance level: living room w...
2,279,500 EUR
Immaculate 4 bedroom House for sale in Bordeaux, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 249310
Beautifully refurbished 4 bedroom family home, which is ideally situated just a few steps away from Sainte Marie school complex, essential shops, and tramway line A. Designed for discerning conno...
945,000 EUR
Modern 4 bedroom House for sale in Bordeaux, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 249261
Modern 4 bedroom house, which is ideally situated just a few minutes from the Park Bordelais, close to all amenities and renowned schools (Grand Lebrun, Assomption Sainte Clotilde, Bordeaux Interna...
2,250,000 EUR
Bright 5 bedroom House for sale in Arcachon, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 249260
Located in one of Arcachon's most sought-after streets, this authentic 5 bedroom house offers an ideal living environment and is situated close to beaches, shops and all amenities. Nestled in a q...
898,000 EUR
Authentic 6 bedroom House for sale in Bordeaux, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 249243
Charming, authentic 3 storey, 6 bedroom house with beautiful mature garden, located near all amenities in Bordeaux. Situated near renowned schools this stone bourgeois property of over 300m2 appro...
1,417,000 EUR
Spacious 4 bedroom House for sale in Cestas, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 249242
Very well presented, 4 bedroom bright and spacious Provencal style house nestling in half an acre of beautiful landscaped gardens with pool, located in a peaceful area of Cestas. The luminous entr...
839,000 EUR
Income Producing 25 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Bordeaux, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 249214
Wonderful opportunity to acquire a magnificent estate comprising of a 10 bedroom historical French Chateau, 5 gites, a separate one bedroom house, all nestling in over 16 hectares of glorious land ...
10,500,000 EUR
Historical 4 bedroom Estate for sale with countryside and panoramic views in Bordeaux, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 249184
Charming Chateau, with its origins dating from the late 15th and 17th Centuries, with beautifully preserved period architectural features, located in a quiet setting right in the heart of the Borde...
2,968,000 EUR
Character 5 bedroom House for sale in Bordeaux, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 249182
Beautifully presented 5 bedroom family home, which is packed with original features, ideally situated between the highly sought-after districts of Saint Seurin and Primrose, close to renowned schoo...
1,350,000 EUR
Character 10 bedroom House for sale with countryside view in Sainte Foy la Grande, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 249176
Historic and beautifully presented 10 bedroom stone built manor house, part of which dates back to the late 14th and early 15th Centuries, although it is thought that the origins of a dwelling in t...
1,395,000 EUR
Exclusive 4 bedroom Estate for sale with countryside and panoramic views in Creon, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 249137
Exxcellent opportunity to purchase an organic Bordeaux vineyard estate, with critically acclaimed wines coming from some of the best soils in the region. With a total area of approximately 79 hect...
4,240,000 EUR
Income Producing 4 bedroom Estate for sale with panoramic and lake or river views in Libourne, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 249136
Exclusive vineyard estate, which is ideally located on the banks of the Dordogne river, with a total area of approximately 14.5 hectares, which includes approximately 9.4 hectares of AOP Bordeaux S...
2,800,000 EUR
Bright 3 bedroom Townhouse for sale in Bordeaux, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 249135
Beautifully presented 3 bedroom property, which is quietly tucked away on a discreet courtyard of a renowned private mansion. Fully renovated, this lovely stone house emerges as a hidden treasure ...
1,350,000 EUR
Bright 3 bedroom Apartment for sale in Bordeaux, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 249134
Charming and sumptuous 3 bedroom apartment, which has been recently renovated with exquisite taste and unparalleled refinement. Ideally located just a few steps from the prestigious Jardin Public,...
1,310,000 EUR
Lakeside 5 bedroom House for sale with panoramic and lake or river views in Libourne, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 249114
Unique opportunity to acquire a magnificent estate nestling in 7 hectares of land with a stunning lake ideally located near Libourne. This magical property offers multiple project opportunities i...
3,344,000 EUR
Character 4 bedroom House for sale with countryside view in Monsegur, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 249093
Recommended
Beautifully renovated 3 storey, 4 bedroom stone Maison de Maitre with garden, outbuildings and 4 acres of glorious land, located in a peaceful area between the popular bastide towns of Monsegur and...
376,300 EUR
Architect Designed 4 bedroom House for sale in Pyla sur Mer, Arcachon, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 249030
Stunning 4 bedroom architect-designed villa, which is ideally located right in the heart of the Moulleau district, just a stone's throw from the beach in a privileged haven within the Arcachon Bay....
3,065,000 EUR
Beautiful 5 bedroom Villa for sale with countryside view in Cestas, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 249004
Nestling in nearly 1.5 acres of glorious landscaped gardens with pool, is this beautiful 5 bedroom house ideally located in a peaceful area near Cestas. There is a school bus stop in front of the ...
915,600 EUR
Character 12 bedroom Chateau for sale in Sainte Foy la Grande, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248977
Delightful French chateau on the outskirts of Ste Foy la Grande set in almost 3 acres of landscaped grounds with swimming pool and offering lifestyle and income opportunities. On the ground floo...
780,000 EUR
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Area Guide

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.

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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