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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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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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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3 bedroom apartment for sale, Chartrons, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine

3 bedroom apartment for sale, Chartrons, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine
1,095,000 EUR

3 bedroom apartment for sale, Chartrons, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine

Bright and beautifully presented 3 bedroom apartment in the centre of Bordeaux in a Nineteenth Century residence. Located in between an emblematic street of the Chartrons and the Jardin Public...

REF: 216071
  • Floor Size: 164 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 3
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4 bedroom manor house for sale, La Reole, Gironde, Aquitaine

4 bedroom manor house for sale, La Reole, Gironde, Aquitaine
1,060,000 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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4 bedroom house for sale, Saint Genes, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine

4 bedroom house for sale, Saint Genes, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine
1,025,000 EUR

4 bedroom house for sale, Saint Genes, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine

Beautiful and tastefully renovated 4 bedroom mansion dating back to the early part of the Twentieth Century in the Saint Genes area of Bordeaux with sunny private terrace. This charming charact...

REF: 216072
  • Floor Size: 210 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 4
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7 bedroom French chateau for sale with 1,542m2 of land, Sainte Foy la Grande, Gironde, Aquitaine

7 bedroom French chateau for sale with 1,542m2 of land, Sainte Foy la Grande, Gironde, Aquitaine
999,580 EUR

7 bedroom French chateau for sale with 1,542m2 of land, Sainte Foy la Grande, Gironde, Aquitaine

Grand, spacious and beautifully presented 7 bedroom stone built historic riverside Mansion with a private indoor swimming pool and gite, ideally located in Sainte Foy la Grande, alongside the banks of...

REF: 215855
  • Floor Size: 700 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,542 square metres (0.15 hectares / 0.38 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 7
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6 bedroom house for sale, Saint Emilion, Gironde, Aquitaine

6 bedroom house for sale, Saint Emilion, Gironde, Aquitaine
995,400 EUR

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

Very attractive and versatile renovated character property in the heart of the Saint-Emilion vineyards with 6 bedrooms, swimming pool, summer kitchen and outbuilding. Benefiting from two separ...

REF: 216389
  • Floor Size: 250 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,200 square metres (0.12 hectares / 0.30 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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6 bedroom house for sale, Sainte Croix, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine

6 bedroom house for sale, Sainte Croix, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine
945,000 EUR

6 bedroom house for sale, Sainte Croix, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine

Charming and spacious property in the Sainte-Croix district of Bordeaux with outside space and easy access the amenities of the city. With living space of 250m2, the 6 bedroom stone-built hou...

REF: 216196
  • Floor Size: 250 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 6
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10 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Sainte Foy La Grande, Gironde, Aquitaine

10 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Sainte Foy La Grande, Gironde, Aquitaine
895,000 EUR

10 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Sainte Foy La Grande, Gironde, Aquitaine

Opportunity to acquire a rural idyll consisting of an an unspoilt hamlet in the Perigord area of France, in an exceptional country setting surrounded by around 15.5 hectares of its own land. The ...

REF: 194199
  • Floor Size: 500 square metres
  • Plot Size: 156,091 square metres (15.61 hectares / 38.57 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 10
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8 bedroom house for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine

8 bedroom house for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine
799,000 EUR

8 bedroom house for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine

Impressive renovated village property set in over 2 acres with gite, swimming pool and vineyard views, located on the right bank of the Garonne river, 40 minutes from Bordeaux. The cha...

REF: 216034
  • Floor Size: 450 square metres
  • Plot Size: 8,970 square metres (0.90 hectares / 2.22 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 8
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9 bedroom manor house for sale, Monsegur, Gironde, Aquitaine

9 bedroom manor house for sale, Monsegur, Gironde, Aquitaine
799,000 EUR

9 bedroom manor house for sale, Monsegur, Gironde, Aquitaine

Sumptuously presented and very beautiful Eighteenth Century manoir in a dominant and peaceful situation with a pigeoneer converted into a gite, outbuildings and lovely swimming pool with covered terr...

REF: 214046
  • Floor Size: 482 square metres
  • Plot Size: 13,040 square metres (1.30 hectares / 3.22 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 9
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