‘Fore’ ultimate golf homes: French property market prepares for the Ryder Cup

‘Fore’ ultimate golf homes: French property market prepares for the Ryder Cup

  • Second ever Continental European Ryder Cup to take place in France, 25-30 September
  • Young golfers in France increase by 11% in 10 years (French Golf Federation)
  • French property market ready for “notable increase” in golf properties (FrenchEntrée)

At the end of September, the Ryder Cup will take place at France’s Le Golf National, some 20 miles south west of Paris. It will be only the second time in the event’s history that it has taken place in Continental Europe. Excitement is building as balls are polished and greens are manicured to perfection.

However, it’s not just the sporting world that is getting ready for the prestigious tournament – France’s property market is also preparing.

“With any event of this stature, the spotlight falls firmly on the host country. France is in an enviable position, hosting the Ryder Cup for its second ever foray into Continental Europe. This means that the country’s golfing credentials will be showcased to viewers around the world. We expect a notable uptick in interest in golf properties as a result – and France has some real gems to offer in this respect.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée

Golf in France is growing swiftly in terms of its popularity, with a number of initiatives aimed at growing the sport in recent years. The biennial Ryder Cup being held in France will serve as a further boost for the sport.

The French Golf Federation has 410,000 registered golfers and, according to independent studies over 800,000 golfers in total. In France, golf developed greatly in the 1990’s and 2000s and is now widely accessible, in particular in relation to young players whose numbers continue to grow. Statistics show that the number of under 18’s has grown from 27,000 in 2008 to over 30,000 in 2018; unlike other European countries who have seen their number of junior golfers decline.

Pascal Grizot, Vice President, French Golf Federation and President, France 2018

As well as its outstanding golf courses, premium French property agents FrenchEntrée point out that France has much to offer when it comes to properties for golfers. Whether buyers are seeking a home near a golf course or even golfing facilities on their own land, France has plenty of variety – with the added bonus that most golf properties in France come with their own outdoor pool.

In Gironde, for example, home to the Bordeaux wine region in south west France, golfers can pick up a beautiful country home, complete with five hectares of land and their own four holes. Stunning 360 degree views offer an ideal setting for driving and putting practice, while the large outdoor pool is perfect for cooling down in at the end of the day.

Of course, for serious golfers, four holes may well not be enough. Thankfully, France still makes the grade. Just an hour from Paris, this Templar farm comes complete with an 18-hole golf course designed by architects Patrick Fromanger and Mark Adam and spread over 53 acres of land. Dating back to the 12th century, the property has a dozen buildings in total, including a Club House restaurant and a pro shop.

Of course, not all golfers have the €5.5 million or so required to purchase their own golf course, other than perhaps a few of those taking part in the Ryder Cup this year. For those on a slightly lower budget, €598,000 is sufficient for a luxury, duplex apartment with beautiful views of the Esterel mountains and the sea. Several nearby golf courses mean players are spoiled for choice, while the various local beaches add to the variety of leisure pursuits on offer.

Meanwhile, down in the scenic Dordogne countryside, this outstanding house with large heated pool sits within the prestigious gated estate at Vigiers Golf Club. The property comes with a family golf club membership included in the sale price of €1.4 million.

“France has a wide range of golf properties available, which means that keen golfers can find the right property at the right price. With the Ryder Cup stirring up interest in French golf properties, it looks like a busy season ahead for the sport and for the property sector.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée


For further information, contact FrenchEntrée on +44 (0)1225 463752 or propertysales@frenchentree.com. You can also visit https://www.frenchentree.com/property-for-sale/.

Oh I do like to be beside the RIVERside!

Oh I do like to be beside the RIVERside!

  • Riverside living offers ultimate peace and tranquillity (FrenchEntrée)
  • Superb selection of riverside homes available in France, from village properties and watermills to châteaux and converted monasteries
  • France expecting strong 2018 tourism figures (Atout France)

With the summer holiday season just beginning, many of those visiting France will be doing so with one eye on the local property market. With 38% of tourist offices and other tourism bodies in France anticipating an increase in visitor numbers over the season, and 37% projecting stable activity, according to Atout France, that’s a lot of potential buyers. Indeed, France welcomed some 87.3 million visitors in 2017, making it the world’s most visited country. If even a small fraction of those holidaymakers turn their break into a property purchae, France’s property market could be in for a bumper summer season.

In anticipation of this, premium French property agents FrenchEntrée have flagged up the popularity and benefits of riverside living, while showcasing the superb selection of riverside homes that buyers in France can access. From secluded riverside châteaux to high end apartments in a converted monastery, France is home to a wide range of unique riverside properties.

“Living by the water brings with it a whole host of benefits and buyers in France are spoiled for choice when it comes to finding the perfect riverside home. We’re increasingly unable to disconnect and be mindful in our busy modern lives and this is a key reason that many of our riverside property buyers cite for their choice of location – peaceful surroundings have taken on a new importance in recent years.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée

Riverside living is the ideal way to escape the over-stimulation of modern life and a connection to water has been shown to benefit both physical and our psychological health. It promotes relaxation and reduces stress. Indeed, the restorative nature of sea air has long been used to help people convalesce, while the serenity of riverside life has inspired everything from poetry to paintings.

“With riverside properties, owners tend to enjoy lush greenery as well as access to the water itself, meaning that they get the best of both worlds. One of the benefits of buying a riverside home in France is that the climate serves to encourage lush natural beauty, as well as lending itself perfectly to lazy days on the river.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée

The cost of buying a riverside home in France can also be an advantage. In the popular, sunny Dordogne region, buyers can pick up a fully restored riverside property on a large plot of land for just €182,000 – well below the average UK property price.


Gorgeous riverside homes currently on the market

This restored riverside chateau between Sarlat and Souillac is set in verdant parkland. Close to the Dordogne valley, it boasts some exceptional original and characterful features from the 15th century building. The chateau is on the market for €609,000.

Those looking for a smaller but still exceptional property will be delighted by this two-bedroom apartment in a converted monastery. The apartment is finished to a high standard, with on-site facilities including a large, heated swimming pool, pretty gardens and river access. Priced at €199,000.

This highly desirable Dordogne riverside home has been fully resorted, including a new roof, gas central heating, electrics and plumbing. With its own frontage onto the Dordogne river, the property benefits from an unusually large plot, as well as being just 15 minutes from Bergerac airport. It is available for €182,000.


For further information, contact FrenchEntrée on +44 (0)1225 463752 or propertysales@frenchentree.com. You can also visit https://www.frenchentree.com/property-for-sale/.





Sweet gîtes for every budget – FrenchEntrée heralds the start of the annual gîte-hunting season

Sweet gîtes for every budget – FrenchEntrée heralds the start of the annual gîte-hunting season

  • July and August are the time for would-be buyers to undertake research (FrenchEntrée)
  • Most popular areas include Brittany, Normandy, Poitou-Charentes, Limousin, the Dordogne and Languedoc-Roussillon
  • Gîte hunters looking for the ideal blend of affordability and rental potential

Premium French property agents FrenchEntrée are gearing up for the annual ‘gîte-hunting season’ in France. Every July and August, British holidaymakers head across the channel in search of sunshine, relaxation and the perfect property, with gîtes offering the ideal blend of affordability and rental potential.

“At this time of year, we tend to see holidaymakers combining their downtime with research into France’s gîte market. Typically, visitors are exploring areas where they are considering making a purchase to find out about local amenities, transport connections, social considerations and so forth. Many of these holidaymakers use the summer months to really get to know their preferred region, prior to purchase a second home there further down the line.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée

Brittany, Normandy, Poitou-Charentes, Limousin, the Dordogne and Languedoc-Roussillon are all popular with British buyers. Each area offers its own unique charms. Brittany is all about coastal walks, wide sandy beaches, open skies and green hills. Normandy also boasts beautiful beaches, backed by rich farmland and overflowing with orchards. The inland Dordogne region, meanwhile, offers gently undulating hills, historic towns and magnificent river vistas. Of course, this being France, each area also offers its own unique, gourmet cuisine, focusing on fresh, local ingredients that change with the seasons.

Every region also offers its own style of gîte. In technical terms, a gîte is a property that has an owner living nearby, to welcome guests and provide assistance. This means that many gîtes are former farmworkers’ cottages or outbuildings that have been converted into living accommodation. As such, they can vary in size – and price – quite considerably. This is excellent news for British buyers, as it means that there is a gîte to suit every budget.

“The depth of variety in the gîte market means that buyers are often spoiled for choice. That’s why the summer months are so key to potential purchasers – they want to explore in detail what France has to offer before homing in on a particular location and property. Of course, many are also buying with rental potential firmly in mind, so are researching local holiday rental markets as well during their visit.

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée

Gîtes are incredibly popular with tourists and are in abundant supply. Estimates suggest that there are five gîtes available for every person who wants to book one. Even with France topping the list of the world’s most visited countries, making a living from a gîte is unlikely in such a saturated marketplace. However, many would-be purchasers have a realistic view of this and are happy to factor only a few weeks’ rental income per year into their plans, according to FrenchEntrée. As such, let the gîte-hunting season begin!


Gorgeous gites currently on the market

In the Uzel area of central Brittany, this delightful, renovated farm complex comes with three habitations, two of which are in use as gîtes. The property also benefits from a heated swimming pool, terraces, children’s play area and orchard.

Set in almost 40 acres of land in the Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes region, this stunning property is new to the market. The beautifully renovated stone house comes with two gîtes, spa with sauna and treatment rooms, saltwater pool and summer kitchen area and fabulous grounds, including an orchard and a meditation meadow.

Buyers looking for more of a project will love this small chateau in Limousin, which is packed with potential for someone looking to create a fantastic gîte complex. Bordering a cascading river, the property has around 24 rooms, which could be separated into six or more dwellings. Packed with character, this property enjoys a scenic, peaceful setting that is perfect for promoting relaxation.


For further information, contact FrenchEntrée on +44 (0)1225 463752 or propertysales@frenchentree.com. You can also visit https://www.frenchentree.com/property-for-sale/.

Estate agents brace for Tour de France effect

Estate agents brace for Tour de France effect

  • World’s largest cycling road race is France’s “best advertising campaign” (FrenchEntrée)
  • Surge in interest in French property likely to run along the route
  • Fontenay le Comte, Fougères and Trie sur Baïse flagged as areas of particular interest

All eyes will be on France’s Noirmoutier-en-l’Île on 7 July, as the world’s biggest road cycling race kicks off once more. The Tour de France is possibly the most famous cycle race on the planet. Each year, it generates millions in revenue for the towns and cities that host the various stages. However, there are additional ‘unseen’ benefits to the race as well, according to premium French property agents FrenchEntrée.

“You couldn’t devise a better advertising campaign for France than the Tour de France! From the stunning urban architecture to the misty mountains to the rolling countryside, the race shows France at its very best – often including its glorious weather as well. It’s no wonder that it generates a surge of interest in French property each year!”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée

Anywhere and everywhere along the Tour de France route can attract interest from overseas property buyers. Millions of fans line the route every year, many of them travelling from elsewhere in Europe (and beyond) in order to be part of cycling’s greatest event. In addition, tens of millions of global viewers enjoy the experience on television.

This year, FrenchEntrée predict keen interest in properties in Fontenay le Comte, Fougères and Trie sur Baïse.

At the finish of stage 1, Fontenay-le-Comte is in France’s Pays de la Loire region. The pretty Vendée River flows through the town, which is home to a number of beautiful churches and other historic buildings.

Fougères, meanwhile, which hosts the start of stage 7 of the 2018 Tour de France, has one of the finest castles in Europe. The Brittany town is home to a lively Saturday market, along with some fabulous examples of medieval architecture.

Surrounded by beautiful countryside and quaint villages, Trie-sur-Baïse, the start of stage 18, is a historic market town that exemplifies traditional French life. The weekly market is the ideal place to shop and socialize, while a market specialising in goose and duck produce is held weekly over the winter months.

“France has something to offer every individual taste and budget, which is one of the things that makes it such a perennially popular destination with overseas property buyers. We’re expecting a busy summer season – as ever – with interest along the length of the Tour de France route, as it showcases this beautiful country to the world.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée


Tour de France properties currently on the market

Fontenay-le-Comte: This large, impressive house enjoys magnificent views over the wooded countryside. The six-bedroom property comes complete with playroom, video room (home cinema) fully equipped and soundproof, hammam with rest room, leisure room, three garages, a greenhouse and around 5,450sqm of mature parkland planted with oak trees, cedars, rhododendrons and a superb weeping beech tree.

Fougères: This enormous 16th and 19th century dwelling offers peace and seclusion, and is packed with traditional charm. With a square courtyard, outbuildings, chapel and two beautiful round towers with pointed roof tiles, this is a property to truly capture the imagination. The property covers 24.76 acres, with meadows, woods, a pond and a park with a swimming pool.

Trie-sur-Baïse: This recently restored, nine-bedroom home comes with its own pool and gîte. The property is packed with character and luxury touches, from its multiple marble fireplaces to its sweeping views over the rolling countryside with the Pyrenees as a backdrop.


For further information, contact FrenchEntrée on +44 (0)1225 463752 or propertysales@frenchentree.com. You can also visit https://www.frenchentree.com/property-for-sale/.


Now you Cannes, Cannes, Cannes as beach-widening project adds to the Cote d’Azur’s charms

Now you Cannes, Cannes, Cannes as beach-widening project adds to the Cote d’Azur’s charms

  • 80,000 cubic metres of sand extend Cannes’ beach to up to 40m wide in places
  • Engraissement work will provide holidaymakers with more beach for their buck
  • Property scene in Cannes serves up eclectic, high-end homes to suit every taste (FrenchEntrée)

With its Mediterranean climate, stunning waterfront, haute cuisine restaurants and high-end stores, Cannes has plenty to offer holidaymakers from around the world. Now, the jewel of the Cote d’Azur has even more to offer, with the beach made bigger and better for the summer season.

The 1.4-kilometre-long beach has been widened from its former 25-30 metre width, to an impressive 40 metres in places, providing more space for everyone from sunbathers to families building sand castles. It is the first major widening operation to take place since the 1960s, with some 80,000 cubic metres of sand brought in to bolster the shoreline.

Cannes is one of the most exciting destinations on the Cote d’Azur. In the world’s most visited country, it does an excellent job of vying for the attention of France’s 89 million annual visitors. The engraissement work completed over the winter months has enhanced that offering, ensuring that the beach is even bigger and better for this summer’s visitors.

The famous palm tree-lined waterfront walkway, the Promenade de la Croisette, has also been revamped ready for the summer, with improved surfaces and a new bikeway.

“Cannes has a history of attracting the rich and famous, from the aristocracy in the 19th century to some of the most recognised names in the global film and music industry today. Over time, we’ve seen a trend for the wealthy flocking to Cannes to build an array of outstanding properties. The result is an eclectic, exclusive mix of architectural styles, which serve to create an exciting local property scene for those looking to buy second homes on the Cote d’Azur.” 

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée


Cannes is one of the most popular property markets in the world. It is no coincidence that it is the location of the MIPIM property event, which attracts attendees from across the globe every year. The city’s eye-watering price tags certainly reflect its popularity, but with so many fine homes on offer, the market is nonetheless competitive, though very much high end.

“Cannes is home to an elite raft of properties that were built to reflect the status of their original owners. As such, the city offers an outstanding level of choice when it comes to luxury features and architectural flair.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée


Whether they’re in town to pick up a multi-million-pound property, or simply to enjoy the stunning surroundings and balmy climate, the widening of Cannes beach will benefit all of those who visit the city this summer. It ensures Cannes’ continued position as the highlight of the French Riviera.


Stunning Cannes homes currently on the market

Just a short stroll from the city centre, swanky marina and stunning Bay of Cannes, this contemporary seven-bedroom home should satisfy even the most demanding buyer. Set across four floors with lift, the property boasts numerous vast reception rooms, indoor/outdoor swimming pool, wellness areas, cinema, study and much more. The impressive home is on the market for €29.65 million.

Set in a charming 19th century mansion, and within walking distance of the centre of Cannes, this contemporary, stylish, three-bedroom/two-bathroom apartment boasts two balconies, sea views and a shared pool. It is on the market for €760,000.

Those looking for a more grandiose home – and with €1.29 million to spend – will be delighted by this magnificent Bourgeois-style apartment with impressive sea views. As well as a large living area and two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, the home includes a private terrace, cellar and garage, in a secure residence with a dedicated caretaker.


For further information, contact FrenchEntrée on +44 (0)1225 463752 or propertysales@frenchentree.com. You can also visit https://www.frenchentree.com/property-for-sale/.





New figures reveal France is top choice for Brits relocating with children

New figures reveal France is top choice for Brits relocating with children

  • 34% of all British children living in the EU are in France (ONS)
  • Property values, family lifestyle and weather are all key relocation drivers (FrenchEntrée)
  • France was second most popular EU country for British emigrants in 2017 (ONS)

New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed France to be British emigrants’ top choice of EU country when it comes to moving overseas with children.

There were 20,100 British children living in France during 2017, accounting for 34% of all British children living in EU countries.

“France has excellent credentials when it comes to family living, so it’s a natural choice for those looking to relocate with children. French family homes offer excellent value for money and the education system is very thorough, challenging children to achieve their full potential. Add to that some stunning rural and coastal scenery, and a choice of vibrant cities, and it’s easy to see why France is home to more British children than any other EU country.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée


In total, 19% of Brits living in the EU called France their home in 2017, making it the second most popular country (after Spain). Retirees (assumed to be those aged 65 and over) accounted for just 19% of British citizens living in France, while 68% were aged 15-64 and 13% were under 15.

The figures do much to challenge the perception that Brits are looking to France purely as a place to find better weather in their golden years. Instead, ONS data shows that 52% of those aged 15-64 are employed, with just 5% unemployed (the remaining 43% were neither employed nor looking for work, such as students or those looking after children).

France has much to offer those looking for a high quality family life. As well as excellent schools and medical care, the country offers a wide selection of family homes, from ancient country piles to contemporary urban townhouses. Then there’s its internationally renowned cuisine, as well as the promise of more sunshine than the UK can reasonably expect over the winter months. Overall, it’s a compelling package.

“France is so much more than just a retirement destination. Sprawling farmhouses, split-level city apartments, coastal cottages… all these serve to attract British buyers looking to get more out of family life by moving to France, as the latest ONS figures demonstrate.”

 Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée

Smart family homes currently on the market

This impressive stone farmhouse comes with 9.5 acres of rolling Normandy countryside. Perfect for a family looking to enjoy the beauty of rural France, it is on the market for €230,000.

Built just six years ago, this stunning detached home delivers a contemporary interior while retaining the charm and character of a traditional exterior. The outside seating areas will particularly appeal to families looking to make the most of the French sunshine. This property is priced at €265,000.

Working families looking for a property that also delivers an income will be delighted by this fully renovated, characterful gite in Beziers. On the market for €795,000, the home includes a total of eight bedrooms and three kitchens, along with a pool, gym and summer kitchen.

For further information, contact FrenchEntrée on +44 (0)1225 463752 or propertysales@frenchentree.com. You can also visit https://www.frenchentree.com/property-for-sale/.

Now you too can Escape to the Chateau!

Now you too can Escape to the Chateau!


This Sunday 18th March 2018 sees the hugely popular series, Escape to the Chateau, return to our screen.

Season 4 will air at 8pm on Channel 4 with stars Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree busier than ever preparing seven weddings and 14 food lovers’ weekends over the summer season.

It was 3 years ago that the couple swapped their two-bed flat in Southend for a chateau in the Loire, France and now more and more Brits, inspired by Dick and Angel’s adventures are doing the same.

“Châteaux are always some of the most popular properties with our clients. They often make fantastic settings for luxury accommodation, restaurants and wedding venues, while ample grounds open the possibility of running equestrian schools, hunting and fishing activities and plenty more. Working orchards, olive groves and vineyards can also provide business angles for those keen to work the land as part of their fairytale dream.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntree  


Of course, owning your own castle isn’t cheap, but the variety of styles, sizes and conditions on the market means that there are châteaux available to suit a surprising range of budgets. Here, the experts at FrenchEntrée share a variety of options so that you too can escape to the chateau this summer….


Elegant chateau in Vendée, Loire

EUR 880,000

Situated at the exit of a village with shops and services, this 19th century property is surrounded by its beautiful park and benefits from a high-quality environment. Covering a total of 500sqm of living space, the chateau comprises small and large sitting rooms, dining room, study, large library, kitchen, back kitchen, laundry, beautiful stairway with wooden banisters leading to six bedrooms, a boudoir, oratory and 4 bathrooms. There is also an attic, cellar, outbuilding with garage, stable and a former caretaker’ s lodge.

French chateau in the Loire-Atlantique, between Nantes and La Baule

EUR 1,175,000

This charming chateau is situated 21 miles from the seaside, close to a small city with shops and services. Easily accessible by train or motorway, it benefits from a quiet environment, in the middle of its landscaped park. The property dates to the 19th century and is in coated stone and topped with slate roofs. Of about 450sqm of living space, over 3 levels, the property comprises dining room, sitting room, billiards’ room, kitchen, laundry, boiler room, cellar and storerooms. On the first floor there are five bedrooms, bathroom and shower rooms and laundry. Of about 4.4 acres of parkland, the property benefits from a wooded park with a pond, orchard and walled vegetable garden.

Characterful 19th century chateau in Normandy

EUR 1,670,000

A lovely river runs across this beautiful property located in Normandy, on the edge of a small village, 15 miles from the city of Rouen. This 19th century château comprises small and large sitting rooms, small and large dining rooms, large kitchen, 17 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and a cellar. This château, with atypical architecture, offers very bright rooms with beautiful oak parquet flooring. The outbuildings are composed of a secondary lodge, two garages and a large building with workshop and barns.

And for the more adventurous… a castle for renovation in the Limousin

EUR 267,750

Perfect for renovation, the castle has been built in the 15th and 17th centuries. It used to be owned by the local priest and is set in a very calm village and with the surrounding 5.86 hectares of land. Built on top of the vaulted cellars, it comprises of 300 m² of habitable area and has been well looked after by the current owner of the property, the entire roof has been renewed. Two rooms in the oldest part of the castle have been converted into a kitchen and a bedroom with shower and toilet. The entrance hall has been totally renovated, opening out onto a lovely stone stairway. The property also comprises a barn measures 170 m² and another of 154 m². Fifty lime trees have also been planted along the driveway.

 For further information, contact FrenchEntrée on +44 (0)1225 463752 or propertysales@frenchentree.com. You can also visit https://www.frenchentree.com/property-for-sale/.

New lottery funding set to boost interest in renovating French ruins

New lottery funding set to boost interest in renovating French ruins


• Grants for renovation work to increase, thanks to new ‘Heritage Lotto’
• Owners can apply directly to Fondation du Patrmoine to fund their repairs
• 65% of British buyers are open to doing work beyond simple redecorating (FrenchEntrée)

A new lottery is set to breathe new life into a French funding programme that supports owners to renovate historic French properties. Agreed only last month, the ‘Heritage Lotto’ will fund grants to those helping to preserve France’s architectural heritage.

Renovating a historic property takes passion, commitment and plenty of cash. For many, to do so is a dream that they can’t quite afford. Now, the boost in funding for the Fondation du Patrmoine, means that those seeking to renovate some of France’s most stunning properties can apply for financial help to do so.

“Renovating can be incredibly rewarding, but it’s also seriously hard work and the financial commitment can put some buyers off the idea. Now, the additional Heritage Lotto funding means that more support is available for those who dream of doing up a French ruin. It’s a dream come true for some buyers, while also supporting the preservation of France’s historic architecture – everyone wins.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée

Premium French property agents FrenchEntrée offer a range of superior properties, including those that need restoration work. The cost of such works ranges from €1,000 to €1,500 per square metre, depending on the severity of the dilapidation.

The reward for those undertaking the renovations is that doing so can work out to be far more cost effective than purchasing a comparable property in a good state of repair. They can end up with a stunning home that might otherwise have been unaffordable, as well as with the satisfaction of having brought back to life a property that might otherwise have slowly crumbled away to nothing, lost forever to the confines of history.

Interestingly, of FrenchEntrée’s clients, it is British buyers who are by far the keenest to undertake renovation works to a property with 65% open to doing work beyond simple redecorating such as putting in a new kitchen or bathroom. For those looking for additional accommodation with a property, such as a gîte, the majority (55%) are willing to do restoration or conversion work whilst 30% of Brits enquiring about châteaux not shy about taking on a ‘labour of love’.

Applying for funding from the Fondation du Patrmoine is surprisingly simple. Property owners apply directly to the foundation with details of the property and the work that needs to be carried out in order to restore it. The foundation then approves or rejects the request based on its eligibility criteria. Separate funding streams are available for listed and non-listed buildings.

“The new lottery funding is set to drive up interest in restoring France’s historic ruins, building a national campaign to preserve France’s grand architectural past. As a result, we’re expecting a significant rise in interest in French ruins and homes in need of restoration over the coming months, as buyers seek to take advantage of the available funding.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée

Properties in need of renovation on the market

35 km from Rouen and 145 km from Paris stands this ruined Normandy chateau. On the market for €270,000, the property dates back to the Middle Ages. Two towers and the vaulted cellars date back to the 15th century, while modernization work undertaken in 1786 has contributed to the current aspect. The sellers have begun renovating, ready for the new owners to really get to work. The property is set in around 15 acres of grounds, including a pond surrounded by willows and a charming fruit orchard.

Also in Normandy, this outstanding listed manor house is available for €470,046. The stunning building, which dates back to the 14th and 17th centuries, is set in peaceful countryside, 6 km from the nearest town. The unique building includes domed and pinnacled roofs with elegant finials, atop rounded towers. Water-filled moats still surround part of the manor. Outbuildings in the grounds include a three-bedroom dwelling house, an ancient bakery and a stone barn.

For further information, contact FrenchEntrée on +44 (0)1225 463752. You can also visit https://www.frenchentree.com/property-for-sale/.

British buyers soar as Brexit fails to dull the allure of French property

British buyers soar as Brexit fails to dull the allure of French property

  • British buyers up from 9% in 2009 to 14% in 2016 (Notaires de France)
  • Brits’ budgets up by 12%, to an average of €310,000 (FrenchEntrée)
  • Bordeaux, Tours and Montpellier all enjoying impressive price rises (Notaires de France)
  • Transaction volumes in Charente-Maritime up by 29% (FrenchEntrée)


New figures have revealed that the French property market continues to go from strength to strength, with British buyers playing an increasingly important role.

The January 2018 French Property Market Report from Notaires de France reveals that transaction volumes and sale prices are both still rising, with the number of transactions in the year to October 2017 reaching an all-time high of 958,000.

The Notaires’ report makes clear that the current peak is not indicative of a bubble. The market is stable, with low interest rates setting the scene for moderate price rises. Growth is expected to continue into 2018, peaking at some point this year while still leaving a healthy market.

The air of positivity in relation to French property is not just being felt in France. Across the Channel, British buyers are well past their Brexit-related wobbles and are back on track with buying French property. British buyers now account for 14% of non-resident foreign buyers in France (based on data for Provence/Côte d’Azur/Corsica), up from 9% in 2009.

While Italian buyers still make up the largest group of non-resident foreign buyers, at 20%, their share of the market has dropped considerably from the 49% they accounted for back in 2009. British and Scandinavian buyers come joint second in terms of foreign ownership, at 14% each, with the Scandinavian cohort increasing marginally faster than the British one (up 7% and 5% respectively between 2009 and 2016).

The fact that British buyers have overcome their Brexit nerves is also shown in the types of properties that they are seeking in France.

Premium French property agents FrenchEntrée, has observed Brits’ growing confidence – and budgets – over the past 12 months. The firm has been tracking the average British budget, which has now risen to €310,000, up from €277,000 to this time last year.

“‘Brexit had an initial impact on British buyers looking for a second home in France, though those looking to relocate forged ahead regardless. Buyers of second homes or investments have since been reassured by the stabilising pound and the buoyant French market.”

“‘In light of the active market and the UK’s impending exit from the EU, buyers have certainly developed a greater sense of urgency. Our clients are finding that prioritising a viewing trip is key, before their ideal properties sell.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée


FrenchEntrée’s findings in relation to increasing British budgets are echoed by the figures from Notaires de France. That body’s latest report shows that some significant budget increases – from British as well as other buyers. Buyers are now paying an average of 8% more for older houses in Bordeaux, 9.5% more in Tours and 8.9% more in Montpellier. The average budgets have increased to €310,000, €230,000 and €312,300 in the three cities respectively.

British buyers now account for 33% of the purchases of the most expensive properties in France. By way of comparison, Scandinavian buyers account for 35%. Despite the similar percentages, the two groups differ somewhat in their requirements. According to FrenchEntrée, the average Brit has a budget of €310,000 and is looking for property the in Brittany, Languedoc and the Dordogne.

Meanwhile, the average Scandinavian buyer is happy to spend €528,000, focusing the property hunt on Provence and Côte d’Azur. The rise of both buyer groups is good news for the French property market, as confirmed by the latest date both from Notaires de France and from FrenchEntrée.

Properties on the market

In Bordeaux, this chateau set on 27 hectares is more than enough to tempt any buyer.  Admittedly the €1,590,000 price tag isn’t cheap but given the stunning 19th century stone chateau covers some 325 m2 with a further 148m2 available to convert with wine shed, vines in good order and a 1.37 hectare park with mature trees, this property offers real bang for your buck (or euro).

Meanwhile, property hunters in Tours will be delighted by this elegant manor house in Directoire style. Available for €1,355,000, this impressive detached property offers nine bedrooms, sitting room and library as well as attic space perfect for conversion. Hidden in the middle of a haven of greenery thanks to a charming park composed by ornamental trees of several different species, this really is a gem.

Over in Montpellier, this village house with garden terrace, renovated by an architect who has wonderfully preserved the cachet of the old whilst offering a modern lifestyle is sure to appeal to any buyer. Available for €770,000, the house offers three generous bedrooms along with open plan kitchen leading onto the garden terrace, a study, garage, workshop and independent studio.

And for those Brits who really aren’t phased by Brexit when it comes to their budget, this exceptional house on Ile de Ré comes in at a cool €2.6 million. With five bedrooms and its own pool, the property offers a superior standard of living in a sought-after location. In fact, transactions are up 29% in the Charente-Maritime (which the island belongs to), according to FrenchEntrée, making it one of the hottest property prospects in France right now.

For further information, contact FrenchEntrée on +44 (0)1225 463752 or propertysales@frenchentree.com. You can also visit https://www.frenchentree.com/property-for-sale/.

J’adore la France! Buyers from around the world wooed by France’s romantic offering this Valentine’s Day

J’adore la France! Buyers from around the world wooed by France’s romantic offering this Valentine’s Day

  • French is world’s most romantic language (Google Translate)
  • France is world’s most visited country (UNTWO)
  • French property market offers something for everyone to fall in love with (FrenchEntrée)

With its alluring scenery, fine wines and plentiful summer sunshine, France has built up a reputation as one of the world’ most romantic countries. From swanky hotels on the banks of the River Seine in Paris to rustic country retreats with open fireplaces and miles of lavender fields around, France offers something to suit every couple’s taste when it comes to Valentine’s Day breaks. It’s also home to some incredibly romantic properties, perfect for those looking to buy a second home or fulltime residence to keep the love alive year-round.

 “Whether your idea of romance is a fairytale château with formal gardens, a period apartment just steps from the Seine or a cozy chalet in the mountains with an open fireplace, France has the perfect property. French is widely known as the language of love and the country’s properties certainly further its reputation as the home of romance.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée


French is not just rumoured to be the language of love – its position as such is backed up by data from Google. According to Google Translate, 34 in every 1,000 French phrases that are translated are of a romantic nature, putting French ahead of every other language in terms of its romantic credentials. Indeed, after “bonjour,” “je t’aime” is the most requested French translation.

It is also the most visited country in the world, attracting some 82.6 million visitors in 2016, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNTWO). And for those who want more than a holiday from the home of romance, a French property is the perfect answer.

Perfect for those with romance in their soul, this beautiful château is just a short drive from Saint Valentin. Nestled in the heart of Champagne Berrichonne, the “village of lovers” hosts a spectacular Valentine’s Day celebration weekend each year with a festival, marriage ceremonies and renewal of vows services. For those wanting more than just a weekend of romance, the 19th century château offers ten bedrooms, eight bathrooms, an array of reception rooms and a wine cellar. Parquet flooring, decorative panelling, marble fireplaces and exposed beams create a wonderful sense of grandeur inside, while outdoors the meadows and woodland provide spectacular views over the Creuse valley. As well as a guest house and an apartment, the outbuildings also include a chapel – the ultimate romantic property feature!

Another superb property with its own chapel is this 19th century château in Carcassonne. The home has been restored beautifully, from the formal grounds – which would make an idyllic setting for a wedding – to the modern yet authentically charming interior. Marble floors with underfloor heating, high ornate ceilings and elegant fireplaces make this an unforgettable property.

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager at premium French property agents FrenchEntrée, shares what buyers are loving most about French property so far in 2018:

  • Brittany and Languedoc-Roussillon have so far been the two most popular regions for new enquiries, accounting for 13% and 12% of all enquiries respectively. Brittany remains steady even in the colder months, as buyers are accepting of the variable weather and cooler temperatures – so the region doesn’t see as much seasonal variation in sales as the warmer southern areas. The Languedoc region is popular thanks to low cost flights from the UK, which mean that buyers can take advantage of school holidays and long weekends to visit their second home.
  • As the pound stabilises and fluctuations in its value decrease, buyers have felt more comfortable in increasing their budgets. Compared to this period last year, we’ve seen an average 12% increase in budget. This reflects buyers’ increased confidence in the French market (which went from strength to strength last year), as well as what they can afford at current rates.
  • When it comes to the most popular areas of Paris, the fashionable 16th arrondissement, the historic Marais and the fabulously Parisian Saint-Germain-des-Prés all look set to attract buyers in their droves in 2018.

If France is the home of romance, then Paris is unquestionably the city of love. From rendezvous in impossibly chic pavement cafés to strolls along the river as evening falls, past incredible buildings oozing with history, it is a city that charms lovers of all ages and nationalities – and it seems that its property market does the same. According to Insee, 20% of Parisians are immigrants, reflecting the city’s vast international appeal.

FrenchEntrée have long understood the draw of the Parisian property market. From light-filled residences just a stone’s throw from some of Paris’ best restaurants to feature apartments in the city’s trendiest areas, the company has witnessed countless homes being snapped up by those who have fallen for France’s capital city.  

For further information, contact FrenchEntrée on +44 (0)1225 463752 or propertysales@frenchentree.com. You can also visit https://www.frenchentree.com/property-for-sale/.