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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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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9 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine

9 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine
1,627,500 EUR

9 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine

Great opportunity to purchase a lovely 17th Century stone property set in 7,500m2 of grounds plus a boutique vineyard of 26,200m2 in the Fronsac region of Bordeaux. Currently operating as...

REF: 180713
  • Plot Size: 7,500 square metres (0.75 hectares / 1.85 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 9
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Outstanding Vineyard in Cotes de Blaye, Bordeaux with 100 acres

Outstanding Vineyard in Cotes de Blaye, Bordeaux with 100 acres
1,575,000 EUR

Outstanding Vineyard in Cotes de Blaye, Bordeaux with 100 acres

An outstanding professional wine estate, 40 kilometres from the centre of Bordeaux with 23 hectares of very well maintained vines: AOC Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux. Cuvier and winery equipment is ...

REF: 207706
  • Floor Size: 500 square metres
  • Plot Size: 422,025 square metres (42.20 hectares / 104.29 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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5 bedroom house for sale, Bruges, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine

5 bedroom house for sale, Bruges, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine
1,417,500 EUR

5 bedroom house for sale, Bruges, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine

A bright and spacious contemporary family villa of 270 m2 with swimming pool in the Bruges district of Bordeaux, close to Le Bouscat. Built in 2015, the 270m2 property comes with a ground fl...

REF: 216133
  • Floor Size: 270 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 5
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3 bedroom villa for sale, Arcachon, Gironde, Aquitaine

3 bedroom villa for sale, Arcachon, Gironde, Aquitaine
1,395,000 EUR

3 bedroom villa for sale, Arcachon, Gironde, Aquitaine

Beautiful 3 bedroom villa, which is in perfect condition throughout, with various wood terraces and swimming pool, ideally located in a quiet area in Arachon, close to beaches, schools, shops, public ...

REF: 216288
  • Floor Size: 190 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,391 square metres (0.14 hectares / 0.34 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 3
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6 bedroom house for sale, Chartrons, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine

6 bedroom house for sale, Chartrons, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine
1,380,000 EUR

6 bedroom house for sale, Chartrons, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine

Enchanting and versatile character property with 5 bedrooms and a studio in the heart of the Chartrons district of Bordeaux, in a quiet street close to the quays and the city centre. The...

REF: 216193
  • Floor Size: 248 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 6
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20 bedroom villa for sale, Libourne, Gironde, Aquitaine

20 bedroom villa for sale, Libourne, Gironde, Aquitaine
1,378,000 EUR

20 bedroom villa for sale, Libourne, Gironde, Aquitaine

Grand and spacious 20 bedroom villa, with a vast total living area of 1,280m2, ideally just 5 minutes from Libourne, with an indoor swimming pool, disco area and 2 apartments. With a vast livi...

REF: 216070
  • Floor Size: 1,280 square metres
  • Plot Size: 10,000 square metres (1.00 hectares / 2.47 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 20
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Equestrian French Chateau for Sale with 9 Bedrooms close to Liborne

Equestrian French Chateau for Sale with  9 Bedrooms close to Liborne
1,378,000 EUR

Equestrian French Chateau for Sale with 9 Bedrooms close to Liborne

An impressive Century French Chateau close to Libourne and St Emilion, set in an estate of over 25 hectares with woodland, meadows and a lake This property consists of a Chateau with origins i...

REF: 215944
  • Floor Size: 1,000 square metres
  • Plot Size: 260,000 square metres (26.00 hectares / 64.25 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 9
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5 bedroom house for sale, Saint Emilion, Gironde, Aquitaine

5 bedroom house for sale, Saint Emilion, Gironde, Aquitaine
1,378,000 EUR

5 bedroom house for sale, Saint Emilion, Gironde, Aquitaine

Situated alongside a river, this immaculately presented 5 bedroom village house is located in a quiet setting in the Saint-Emilion region, with beautiful views over the Dordogne river and with a priva...

REF: 216996
  • Floor Size: 346 square metres
  • Plot Size: 723 square metres (0.07 hectares / 0.18 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 5
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4 bedroom manor house for sale, La Reole, Gironde, Aquitaine

4 bedroom manor house for sale, La Reole, Gironde, Aquitaine
1,120,000 EUR

4 bedroom manor house for sale, La Reole, Gironde, Aquitaine

Full of character and charm, this spacious 17th/18th Century manor house, with a vast total built area of 820m2 which is set out around a south facing square courtyard, set within a large 20,000m2, id...

REF: 215887
  • Floor Size: 820 square metres
  • Plot Size: 20,000 square metres (2.00 hectares / 4.94 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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5 bedroom house for sale, Saint Emilion, Gironde, Aquitaine

5 bedroom house for sale, Saint Emilion, Gironde, Aquitaine
1,102,500 EUR

5 bedroom house for sale, Saint Emilion, Gironde, Aquitaine

Superb 12th Century character house, located in the heart of the famous wine village of Saint Emilion, with a living area of 238m2 which has been renovated to a very high standard and comprises of: 5 ...

REF: 184599
  • Floor Size: 238 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 5
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