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Meet Donna and James Tulloch who work

as a husband-and-wife team of agents in the

Pyrénées-Orientales

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WORDS: LIZ ROWLINSON

H

AVING BOTH GROWN

up in Wales, Donna

and James discovered

the stunningPyrénées-Orientales

through holidays and decided

to move there in 1998. They

have been based near VinÇa

with their three children, who

were born in France, 19, 16 and

13, ever since.

WHY THE PERMANENT MOVE

TO FRANCE?

We both missed the countryside

and when we visited Prades in

the Conflent Valley we immediately fell

in love with its wideopen landscapes, mountains and

superb weather. At the age of 27

we bought a village house here

- it was incredibly brave to give

up everything in the UK.

HAVING CHILDREN HELPED

US TO INTEGRATE FULLY

INTO THE LOCAL LIFE.

James worked as a builder for

16 years and we've renovated

several houses including our

own. We have seen an increase

in people moving here full time

- from the UK and also America -

as remote-working has become

popular and a better quality of

life a priority.

WE ARE BETWEEN THE MEDITERRANEAN

COAST AND

THE MOUNTAINS.

The scenery in this region is

spectacular and we will quite

often be driving to a viewing

appointment and be blown

away by the views - especially

Mount Canigou, which dominates the landscape here.

Along

with ski stations (with cheaper

properties than the Alps), the

coast offers sandy beaches, secluded stony coves

and with

lively towns.

A TASTE OF SPAIN TOO?

The Pyrénées-Orientales has a

strong Catalan culture which

gives it a slightly Spanish feel

with its many traditions like the

human towers of Les Castellers.

The food obviously has a very

strong Mediterranean influence

and there are lots of markets

and local food producers, and

plenty of excellent wines that

are now produced in this area.

YOUR MONEY GOES A LONG

WAY HERE, FOR BEACH AND

SKI HOMES.

The typical buyer spends

€150,000 to €200,000 for a

village house, a budget that

doesn't go very far in the Haute

Savoie or on the CÔte d'Azur. As

with many mountain areas, you

pay for the land, so if you'd like

a bit more space, expect to pay

around €300,000 to €400,000

for a three/four-bedroom house

with a garden and a swimming

pool.

Secret AGENTS

WORK FEELS LIKE WE ARE

ON HOLIDAY SOMETIMES.

Carrying out viewings allows us

to appreciate how lucky we are

to live here and we're often reminded just how

beautiful it is

when we feel like we're seeing

it for the first time through our

client's eyes. Sometimes, after doing a couple

of viewings,

we might go and have a picnic

lunch somewhere together and

take a little time for ourselves.

The flexibility of the job is great,

but it can be hard work hard to

find homes, although incredibly satisfying

to know you've

matched your buyers with the

right property.

HAVING BEEN HERE 21

YEARS WE CAN HELP INSTIL

BUYERS WITH CONFIDENCE.

We love meeting people and

helping them find the right

house. Because we have made

the move ourselves we can advise them

on any aspects of life

here that they are unsure about.

It's much more of a hand-holding role

rather than 'just' an

estate agent. Working together

means we can exchange knowledge

as a couple, as well as with

the wider Leggett network.

* If you would like to work for

Leggett, please email us :

recruitment@leggett.fr

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