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

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

France
  • 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!

France
  • 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

France
  • 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

France
  • 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

France
  • 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/.

 

 

 

 

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

France
  • 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/.

What can you buy in France for the price of a house across the UK?

What can you buy in France for the price of a house across the UK?

France

Once again France remains the most popular place to visit in the world, with Jean Baptiste Lemoyne, French minister of state, expecting between 88 and 89 million foreign tourists in 2017, a record new high on the 85 million in 2015.

The British interest in France also remains high despite the Brexit vote with the latest data revealing that the number of British nationals acquiring French passports has risen fivefold since June 2016. 2017 saw 1,518 Britons become French citizens compared with 320 in 2015 and 439 in 2014.

“The appeals of visiting and indeed looking to live in France have remained clear for decades. Easy access to the UK, quality of life, climate, culture and gastronomy draw millions each year with the affordability of property, straightforward purchasing process and great mortgage deals also offer an additional incentive for those looking to make their visit to France more permanent.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée

 

So, if you are thinking of making the move to France this year, take a look at what you can buy for the price of a house across the UK:

North West

For the average price of a property in the North West, £159,066 according to the latest HM Land Registry data (Nov 2017), you could own this attractive stone house in perfect condition with a pretty garden in Charentes, SW France.

Available for €171,200 (£151,834), this property offers a spacious open plan living room with wood burner, kitchen with stone fireplace, bedroom and shower room. Upstairs there is a mezzanine and a further two bedrooms with shower room.

The Midlands

For the average price of a home in the East Midlands, currently at £185,047, you could live the high life with this 4-bedroom charming house located in Sauvagnac, SW France complete with landscaped gardens and swimming pool.

Available for €206,700 (£183,319) this charming typical French 4-bedroom house has the modernity of tiled floors with under-floor heating, plus original features such as wooden beams. Located behind wrought iron gates, in a landscaped and wooded garden of 3800m2, lies a spacious and bright home. The fitted kitchen is roomy with plenty of units and space for a dining area. The split level, open plan lounge/diner is bright thanks to double aspect patio doors and boasts a feature stone fireplace. The Charente lakes and golf club La Preze is approximately 10 minutes away as well as easy access to Limoges airport and the TGV at Angouleme.

East

Those living in the East of England, where average house prices stand at £289,731, looking for a change of lifestyle should consider this spacious 4-bedroom character house in the Languedoc. Available for €315,000 (£280,014), the property boasts a beautiful garden, courtyard, terrace, 4/5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a nice kitchen, 2 lounges and a study.

Immediately habitable and located in a pretty village on the Canal with shops and restaurants, twice weekly market just 10 minutes from Narbonne and the beach, this is a quality winegrowers home with potential for two individual properties and income.

London

Notoriously expensive with the current house price an eye watering £481,915, more and more people are swapping life in the Big Smoke in the search of more affordable housing. This beautiful contemporary home near the coast of Brittany is available from €522,500 (£464,471) and offers a living room with a central fireplace, separate sitting area opening onto the garden with a French doors and a cathedral dining area, fully equipped kitchen and conservatory with Jacuzzi.

The first floor comprises an office, four bedrooms, one en suite and access to a fifth bedroom above. A basement with a large garage for two cars, dressing space, boiler room and shower completes the property all located in a quiet area just 1.5km from the coast.

South East

Geographically the closest to French shores, homeowners in the South East could trade in their pricey pads, averaging at £325,270, for this beautiful character house in Mayenne, north west France.  Available for €360,000 (£319,950) this beautiful manor-style house is set in a traditional wooded countryside.

Built in 1744 and enlarged at the beginning of the 19th century, the property comprises a small rural house and a former farmhouse now used as a home. On the ground floor, there is an oak staircase, dual-aspect living room with parquet flooring and a large marble fireplace, a dining room, exposed beams and terracotta floor. In the wing lies the kitchen, cellar, garage and boiler room. On the first floor the landing serves 4 bedrooms, two bathrooms with toilets.

South West

Lastly, for those in the South West, where the average price is a touch over the national average at £251,923 then this fully restored 3-bedroom stone-built country house and barn located in a quiet friendly hamlet near Varen, Tarn et Garonne could be for you.

On the market for €280,000 (£248,248) this property is set in beautiful landscaped gardens with the interior of the house fully restored with the original features and beams preserved. This is a stylish country residence, far from the madding crowd with a large barn dating back to 1874 primed for development of additional rooms.

“Whilst growth in the UK market is set to slow in 2018 with Nationwide forecasting a growth rate of just 1%, prices are up 3.9% y-o-y in France (L’INSEE, Q3 2017) and our partners at BNP Paribas are predicting 3-4% further growth in 2018.

“Here at FrenchEntrée, we have seen budgets of British buyers increasing anywhere from 10-20%, demonstrating increased confidence in a growth market and a desire to forge ahead instead of waiting for the resolution of Brexit.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée

 

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French wealth tax changes on 1st Jan 2018 welcomed by British expats

French wealth tax changes on 1st Jan 2018 welcomed by British expats

France

Effective from 1st January 2018 the wealth tax, which previously implicated property buyers in France, is being amended.

Back in October 2017, President Macron’s reforms of this notorious wealth tax passed into law and will now come into effect as of 1st January 2018 much to the delight of many British expats.

The impôt de solidarité sur la fortune (ISF) was previously an annual levy (of up to 1.5%) on property and assets held worldwide by residents over €1.3 million.

Whilst Macron’s reforms result in no changes to the rates and thresholds themselves, the tax will now apply almost exclusively to the property and assets of French residents’ only.

“The implementation of these new tax changes on 1st January 2018 is certainly welcomed by expatriates with property and assets in France. It will bring a renewed surge of interest from buyers and investors alike into some of the prime real estate markets in France including Paris, the Alps and of course Provence-Cote d’Azur.

“This comes at a time when agents are particularly proactive at bringing new properties to market in the anticipation of gearing up for Spring interest from new buyers.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée

One market set to benefit from these tax changes is the French capital, Paris.

Typically, demand for property in Paris is greater than the supply but this will start to balance in the New Year with the buyers’ market becoming more competitive once again with the easing of the wealth tax.

 

On the market in Paris:

Incredible St-Germain Apartment with Wrap-Around Balcony

€4,500,000

https://www.frenchentree.com/property-for-sale/details/2974_xml_psu828/st-germain-des-pres-bonaparte-view

Located on the Rue Bonaparte steps from the Legendary Place Saint Germain des Prés, Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots this 173 m² apartment occupies the entire 3rd floor of this Haussmanien building, with a wrap-around balcony.

The apartment ‘s original features still intact with beautiful fireplace, parquet flooring and library. The marble floored entrance leads into a spacious salon with a fireplace and dining room. This, in turn, gives access to the Library with the television and the first suite. This suite has access to the balcony, as well as a dressing room and private bathroom. There is a classic hallway with the guest toilet and guest cloakroom. The second suite has an office area, dressing room, private bathroom and a hammam. The kitchen is fully equipped, with a dining area and a laundry room. Air conditioning, security, home automation system for sound and lighting. Elevator, 24H caretaker services and a cellar.

 

Gorgeous Historic Apartment in the Marais District

€1,050,000

https://www.frenchentree.com/property-for-sale/details/2974_xml_psu803/marais-notre-dame-de-nazareth-temple

Beautiful apartment in the trendy North Marais, a short walk from the Carreau du Temple and Rue de Bretagne with best shopping and restaurants at your doorstep. Recently renovated to a very high standard preserving all the original period features.

On the 4th floor of a beautiful early 1800’s building, offering a living and dining area, the property includes original beamed ceilings, working fireplace 2 bedrooms and fully equipped kitchen.

 

Luxury Flat with Stunning Views over Boulevard Saint Germain

€5,150,000

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Located in the heart of Saint Germain des Prés, surrounded by renowned institutions such as Café le Flore, les Deux Margots, Brasserie Lipp, bookshops and luxury boutiques, this 186 m² apartment on the 4th floor, sits between the Rue des Saints Pères and the Boulevard Saint Germain in this world-famous Parisian neighbourhood.

The entrance hall leads to two large living rooms composed of one lounge area including an original fireplace and dining room, and a separate spacious television lounge area. The first bedroom suite boasts a dressing room and private bathroom. These rooms have a stunning view over the Boulevard Saint Germain. The second suite, which also has its own dressing and private bathroom, is south facing with a view over the garden. This property also includes a separate maid’s room, fully renovated and furnished.

 

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Be the king of your own castle in 2018 with these French châteaux

Be the king of your own castle in 2018 with these French châteaux

France
  • Huge range of châteaux in France can accommodate many budgets (FrenchEntrée)
  • South-west France can provide exceptional value for those looking for fairytale properties
  • Châteaux-based businesses available to those looking to profit from their dream home

 

As youngsters, many of us dream of living in a grand castle when we grow up. Most people’s ambitions change as they age, but for some, that fairytale never fades – and that’s where France’s plentiful châteaux come into play.

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.

“The region that a château is in can heavily influence the style. Pays de la Loire for example can be associated much more with ‘leisure’ châteaux, the historic playground of French aristocracy. Such châteaux were designed with elegance and aesthetics as the main concerns, whereas those in more contested areas, such as near to the Spanish border, were designed to be defendable.”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée

When looking at cost, buyers are sometimes drawn to renovation projects as a more accessible way to realise their grand ambitions, but for those unfamiliar with large-scale renovation projects or converting truly old buildings, the eventual overall cost is important to consider. This can vary based on region, but the average figure per square metre for renovation work is €700 and €1,500 (the latter if it’s a total rebuild). If the property is merely in need of internal modernisation and refurbishment (for example kitchens, bathrooms and heating) then you can generally reduce this figure by almost 50%.

As such, it can be an attractive proposition to acquire a château that is already in great condition and, for the business-oriented, generating revenue. In Dordogne, this château can seem like a considerable investment, but its sizeable revenue can help offset the cost. With over 18 hectares of land and architecture dating back to both the 12th and 15th century, an imposing estate awaits those looking to take over the reins of a successful hotel.

Châteaux 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.

The inclusion of outbuildings with châteaux tends to provide plenty of flexibility for owners. Some rent them out as holiday properties, while others use them as accommodation for a caretaker or groundsman. Premium French property agents FrenchEntrée point out that the cost of employing such staff needs to be factored in from the outset.

“Running costs and upkeep are a major undertaking when you buy a property of this size. Heating, maintenance and tax alone mean a five figure spend on upkeep every year, which buyers need to take into account. For larger châteaux, a full time, salaried caretaker or groundsman is often essential. Providing an on-site cottage as accommodation can help to mitigate some of the cost of this, but minimum wage still exists in France – and at a higher rate than in the UK!”

Fleur Buckley, Property Services Manager, FrenchEntrée

Prices vary enormously based not only on the style and age of the château, but also its location. Buyers on a budget can focus their search around the South-west, while those with an eye for the pricier end of the market will delight in the châteaux available in Pays de la Loire and closer to Paris. Buyers looking to renovate a château typically come to FrenchEntrée with budgets ranging from €500,000 – €800,000 (excluding renovation), whilst those looking to buy already established have budgets of double that and upwards.

Either way, owning a château can’t be considered cheap. However, those with sufficient imagination, plenty of dedication and a head for business can find themselves living the dream for less than one might imagine.

 

Châteaux on the market:

For a truly impressive estate, this Loire château, 900 square metres in size, comes with not only its own moat but also 4 separate holiday cottages and 40 acres of land. Each cottage is larger than a typical 5-bedroom house, the largest of which is 270 square metres, almost a petit château in its own right. The château, rebuilt in 1863, has plenty of space to entertain, with 26 bedrooms and beautiful traditional features. On the market for €1,190,000.

As mentioned before, this three-star, 33-room hotel and restaurant offers an existing château-based business in the Dordogne. The château was built in the 12th and 15th centuries, before being converted into its current arrangement in the 1990s. Stunning views and a pool of course come as standard. The business generates a turnover of €900,000 for eight months of activity per year, which will go some way towards covering the purchase price of €6.386 million.

Continuing the trend of châteaux belonging to multiple centuries, this storied châteaux situated in the Loire Valley will no doubt appeal. With parts of the building dating back to the 15th, 17th and 19th centuries respectively, France’s architectural history is well-presented. 10 bedrooms, 4 hectares of riverside gardens and stables – not bad at all for just €890,000.

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/.

Why just stock up on wine for Christmas, when you could own an entire vineyard?

Why just stock up on wine for Christmas, when you could own an entire vineyard?

France
  • British buyers continue to lead hunt for vineyards (FrenchEntrée)
  • Bordeaux region is most popular region in France to buy a vineyard
  • Vineyards are available for every budget, from €360,000 to €50,000,000

New figures from premium French property agents FrenchEntrée have revealed that UK buyers just can’t get enough when it comes to French vineyards.

Over the past six months British buyers have topped the table of those looking to snap up vineyards, accounting for 44% of all enquiries through FrenchEntrée. They were followed by enquiries from the US (18%), China (8%) and Russia (4%). (While FrenchEntrée specialises in Anglophone buyers, these latter two nationalities both play key roles in the overall vineyard market.)

“Demand for vineyards has never dropped – quite the opposite. We’ve seen demand rise consistently over many years and there are several reasons for this. Tax-wise, France offers a number of advantages, particularly when you take into account inheritance tax. As many of those who purchase a vineyard are retirees looking for a better lifestyle, this can play an important role in their purchasing decisions.”

Annick Dauchy, Property Business Development Manager, FrenchEntrée

 

According to FrenchEntrée, vineyards are also popular with corporate buyers looking to add to their portfolio. A few million euros is apparently a small price to pay for the prestige of owning a vineyard in the South of France.

Of course, you don’t need millions to pick up a vineyard. The properties attracting enquiries through FrenchEntrée between May and October 2017 ranged in value from €360,000 to €50 million.

Bordeaux is the most popular area for those seeking their own slice of traditional French countryside, with 35% of enquirers looking to buy vineyards there. The region offers the highest supply of vineyards and can thus cater to a wider range of budgets and tastes than other areas.

Provence follows, with 25% of enquiries, then Nouvelle Aquitaine (20% – excluding Bordeaux) and Languedoc Roussillon (16%). While the absence of Burgundy from the figures may be surprising, this is due to the difficulties that buyers face obtaining vineyards in this region. Land and properties tend to be handed down through the generations, leaving the area all but closed to foreign buyers.

“Much of the time, the decision on which area to buy in is led by budget. You can still pick up a vineyard in the Bordeaux or Languedoc area for less than €2 million. The quantity of vineyards available in France means that buyers have plenty of choice – there’s a property to suit each buyer’s individual circumstances.”

 Annick Dauchy, Property Business Development Manager, FrenchEntrée

 

The majority of new vineyard owners tend to know little about caring for vines or making wine. Their experience usually starts at the point the cork comes out of the bottle. However, with many sellers happy to stay on and coach the new owners, this is rarely a problem. Employee teams tend to stay on as well, giving the newly installed owners instant access to knowledgeable workers who can assist them in their endeavour.

When it comes to buying, vineyards tend to be a cash market. 81% of prospective buyers coming to FrenchEntrée in the past six months planned to fund their purchase with cash. The fact that it’s almost impossible to get a mortgage for a vineyard is the main factor behind this. Banks are hesitant to lend on vineyards as they view them as a business investment. As such, buyers with no experience or proven track record of running vineyards soon find themselves out on a limb. Of course, it is possible to treat a vineyard as an investment, but the money is usually made by buying, running the estate well for several years as part of a strategic marketing plan, and then selling it on for a profit.

 

Vineyards on the market:

Those with plenty to spend might enjoy this €13 million 19th century vineyard with chateau in Montpellier, in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. The three-storey chateau comes with 165 hectares, vaulted reception rooms, its own swimming pool and a Roman chapel from the 9th/10th century.

For those with a more modest budget, €400,000 is sufficient to pick up a characterful, seven-bedroom home with surrounding vineyard and two on-site cottages, which together provide a further three bedrooms. With just three hectares of vines, this is a perfect ‘starter’ vineyard for those looking to get a taste of the lifestyle and understand what’s involved (most vineyards have at least 15 hectares of vines).

Buyers somewhere between those two price brackets have plenty of options. For €3.4 million, they can enjoy a magnificent 18th century vineyard with chateau set in the heart of the Rhône valley.

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/.