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Is the political uncertainty all getting a bit too much? Fed up with the number of elections, referendums and the general turmoil? Want to escape the masses.......? Well you could always move to La France Profonde and become as close to self sufficient as you can.

One thing France has a lot of is land - vast tracts of unspoilt countryside and a climate which varies greatly from north to south and east to west. Rural land is also incredible value compared to the heavily populated UK and farming and small scale food production have a much higher status here. So what better place to live if you want to own a smallholding. Here are three options we are currently marketing:

 

A luxurious 5 bedroom house with swimming pool and up to 4 hectares of land available (half a hectare is included in the guide price of 475000€), this property has a cattle or equestrian barn, chicken house, glass house and is walking distance from a very popular village with shops and services in Lot et Garonne. You have the choice - a very comfortable good life, a luxurious permanent or holiday home or something between the two.

The current owner kept cattle, chickens and had a potager, see the photo of her beloved Bazas cow and calf below. See more about this house and its potential  here

 

If you want to supplement your income with a gite to rent out then have a look at this house with gite, two swimming pools and enough land for a big vegetable patch and chickens and bees. You will find it hidden in the heart of the Lot department.

At 390000€ it has two paddocks, stabling for a donkey and the owners also keep doves. There is even a small patch of woodland so you can harvest your own heating fuel for when all the lights go out. Read more about this house here

 

Finally, in truly rural Indre, approximatley 270 kilometres south of Paris we have this great not-so-little property on the market at 139000€. The house has three bedrooms and a lovely open barn attached to one side which the owners use as a summer kitchen for those lovely long, warm summer evenings.

With just under a hectare of land it has established fruit trees, outbuildings and enough land for a big vegetable garden. Grow your own and sell the surplus at the local market - or swap with neighbours and friends. Read more about it here

 

All of the properties are for sale privately by the owners. You would pay us no estate agency commission if you bought one of them. If you would like to know more about any of them - or anything else we are marketing, please contact us and we will put you in direct contact with the property owner.

 

 

Ed Llewellyn, the British Ambassador to France posted a video on Twitter this afternoon. We have re-tweeted it, but for all clients who are not members of the Twtterati (the majority of us I suspect) you can catch up with him and his Twitter account here:

https://twitter.com/edllewellynfco?lang=en

or here

Ed Llewellyn Twitter

Greenacres has started the busy spring season with a television marketing campaign. The company has invested heavily in updating and improving its web site over the last year and we now offer all of our subscribers a continuous advert on Greenacres and ImmoFrance as part of their advertising package with us. The company uses a network of websites targeting a wide range of nationalities and is becoming increasingly effective at attracting buyers from France, the UK and much further afield. 

 

 

Advertise your property with French Properties Direct and we will include a Greenacres advert in your chosen subscription package.

In a small, and very old, corner of South West France Advent, Christmas and the Epiphany are celebrated in a festival of the crèche – the manger and stable which provided the setting for the birth of Christ.

In and around the Girondine village of Castelmoron D’Albert many householders display creches in the windows of their houses and the village churches house further examples which are sourced from around the world. This year there are creches from assorted regions of France as well as from Russia, China, Peru, Greenland, Kenya, Cuba, Burkina Faso and many other countries.

A creche from Mexico

 

The tradition is now 17 years old and is organised by a committee of just 12 people. The creches are made using a huge variety of materials and are all sizes – the smallest is the size of a duck’s egg, while the biggest is life size. They are fashioned from clay, wood, stone, dried grass, plastic (there is a Playmobile crèche), eggs, corn-on-the-cob (yes, really), paper, fabric, knitting, soft toys……and they are displayed in windows, doorways, the corners of gardens and purpose build display cases throughout the village.

 

 

Six eggs in an egg box

The exhibition started on December 18th and runs until tomorrow - January 1st, with the churches also open to diplay the creches on Epiphany Sunday - January 8th.

 

A Basque country creche

We have a house for sale in the heart of the village - it is the one with the corn-on-the-cob creche in the front window and over the Christmas period it has been trending as our most viewed property on Rightmove. It is a beautifully restored, double fronted stone house with (and this is very rare) a walled courtyard garden with a swimming pool. The property has so much outside space because it was once the place where the village's wine barrels were made. 

 

Our Christmas No. 1 on RIghtmove - conveniently in the beautiful 'village of creches' called Castelmoron D'Albret

Castelmoron house for sale

 

 

 Happy New Year to everyone and may your 2017 be filled with good health and happiness

 

 

 

This autumn has seen a plunge in the pound as a result of the Brexit vote. If you are selling and you intend to relocate your funds to sterling, then it has been a window of opportunity through which to find a buyer for your French property.

Our existing clients are aware of the opportunity there has been this autumn as we drew their attention to it in our October vendor newsletter. We have, since then,  seen a significant increase in buyer activity because of the downward movement of the pound. Buyers of all nationalities recognise the opportunity and are targeting British sellers in their search for property in France. For example – a sales price of 300000€ achieved at the beginning of October would have translated to approximately £270,000 if you took the proceeds back to the UK. If you had sold on the day we voted to leave the EU – when the pound was much stronger – you would only have achieved around £231,000. That was a difference of £39,000.

Talk to us if you are thinking abut putting your house on the market or if you think you should be considering a price reduction. Everyone living in France who draws upon an income in Sterling is suffering from the immediate effects of the Brexit decision - but when it comes to selling your house the low pound could, in fact, be a bonus.

 

This gorgeous restored priory in the Lot department has been reduced to 785000€ because the owners will be returning to the UK when they sell.

 

 

 

 

 

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