Gironde Property
Gironde Property
Gironde Property
Gironde Property

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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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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 apartment for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine

4 bedroom apartment for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine
1,350,000 EUR

4 bedroom apartment for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine

Superb and spacious character apartment in Bordeaux, close to Place Gambetta in an elegant and prestigious residence. The beautiful stylishly renovated property comes with living space of 20...

REF: 218717
  • Floor Size: 200 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 4
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4 bedroom manor house for sale, Libourne, Gironde, Aquitaine

4 bedroom manor house for sale, Libourne, Gironde, Aquitaine
1,325,000 EUR

4 bedroom manor house for sale, Libourne, Gironde, Aquitaine

Impressive, grand and spacious 4 bedroom 18th Century Chartreuse style mansion, which has been built using the lovely local stone and is in a quiet setting hidden from view, yet ideally situated right...

REF: 219207
  • Floor Size: 400 square metres
  • Plot Size: 4,800 square metres (0.48 hectares / 1.19 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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3 bedroom house for sale, Saint Genes, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine

3 bedroom house for sale, Saint Genes, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine
1,305,000 EUR

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

Splendid, bright, 3 bedroom renovated house in Bordeaux Saint Genes. This superb family house of 240 m2 on the ground floor and 1st floor, has been restored to show off the original features su...

REF: 220292
  • Floor Size: 240 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 3
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2 bedroom house for sale, Claouey, Lege Cap Ferret, Gironde, Aquitaine

2 bedroom house for sale, Claouey, Lege Cap Ferret, Gironde, Aquitaine
1,272,000 EUR

2 bedroom house for sale, Claouey, Lege Cap Ferret, Gironde, Aquitaine

A traditional style property for this area on the Bassin d'Archachon, set in a lovely plot of land just 50 metres from the bay. In a very quiet area and close to the Bassin, this 3 room ...

REF: 217948
  • Floor Size: 90 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,450 square metres (0.15 hectares / 0.36 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 2
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8 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine

8 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine
1,166,000 EUR

8 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine

Elegant, spacious and historical 18th Century Chartreuse with a total living area of 350m2, which is in excellent condition throughout, ideally located in a quiet setting in the Medoc, just 15km from ...

REF: 219187
  • Floor Size: 350 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 8
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4 bedroom villa for sale, La Teste de Buch, Gironde, Aquitaine

4 bedroom villa for sale, La Teste de Buch, Gironde, Aquitaine
1,095,625 EUR

4 bedroom villa for sale, La Teste de Buch, Gironde, Aquitaine

Spacious 4 bedroom villa, with a total living area of 205m2, set within a large plot of 1,022m2 with a swimming pool, situated in a quiet setting in La Teste de Buch. Features include: spacious...

REF: 218798
  • Floor Size: 205 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,022 square metres (0.10 hectares / 0.25 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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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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10 bedroom house for sale, La Reole, Gironde, Aquitaine

10 bedroom house for sale, La Reole, Gironde, Aquitaine
975,200 EUR

10 bedroom house for sale, La Reole, Gironde, Aquitaine

An impressive 10 bedroom residence with outbuildings and swimming pool, full of charm and character and benefiting from an excellent rental record. The spacious and nicely proportioned propert...

REF: 219549
  • Floor Size: 500 square metres
  • Plot Size: 4,200 square metres (0.42 hectares / 1.04 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 10
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12 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine

12 bedroom French chateau for sale, Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine
954,000 EUR

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

This most attractive chateau comes with 8 bedroom suites and an independent 4 bedroom house, a total of 692m2 of habitable space. Ideally located in a tranquil location, on the banks of the Do...

REF: 217900
  • Floor Size: 692 square metres
  • Plot Size: 12,000 square metres (1.20 hectares / 2.97 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 12
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