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Central

FranceIf you're looking for peaceful

countryside, quiet lanes and

the finest farmhouses in all of

Europe, this is the place for you

Kevin Andrews is our

area coordinator for the

Haute Vienne.

Contact him at

kandrews@leggett.frttp://leggett.fr" target="_blank" title="Visit leggett.fr">leggett.fr

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F

OR OUR PURPOSES

we have defined the

centre of France as

four regions: Limousin,

Centre, Auvergne and

Bourgogne - or Burgundy, as

it is better known throughout

the world.

This huge area includes

dramatic volcanic landscapes,

beautiful rolling hills bedecked

with vineyards, peaceful river

valleys, fairytale châteaux and,

of course, some of the finest

farms and agricultural land in

all of Europe.

Central France is an area

that hasn't only been discovered

by UK buyers. You'll also

find a healthy selection of buyers

from Belgium, Holland and

Switzerland. They are attracted

by the low property prices

and the possibility of finding a

property with land, which they

simply couldn't afford in their

home country.

British buyers lead the

way, though. Historically, they

were in love with the Loire Valley

and the Limousin - where

they made up 80% of the

international market and spent

just €95,000 on average. Now,

however, they are spreading

further afield.

The four regions are very

different and it's dificult to

convey the feel of each one in a

few words.

CENTRE

This is a wonderful region

that takes in all of the very

best Loire Valley châteaux. The

names trip off the tongue: Blois,

Chenonceaux, Chambord and

Villandry are four of the best,

and the gardens in the latter

are truly a sight to behold.

Visitors come throughout the

year, helping the local B&B and

gîte businesses. Imagine a real

life Disneyland, and you'll be

on your way to picturing this

incredible region. The slow

moving river Loire also plays

host to some wonderful towns

and villages, which always

prove popular with international buyers.

House prices around

the two cities of Tours and

Orléans are at a premium. But

once you move into the country

LIVING IN CENTRAL FRANCE

NB : Climate shows average sunshine hours per year supplied by Meteo

France & compared to UK rate of 1,341 pa. Property prices supplied by

Notaires de France and correct at time of going to press.

REGION OF FRANCE

CLIMATE

AV HOUSE €

Centre 1,833 €145,000

Limousin 1,899 €105,000

Burgundy 1,848 €125,000

Auvergne 1,913 €116,000

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