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France and correct at time of going to press.

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ONE TO WATCH

"Jumilhac-le-Grand is a thriving

rural community that welcomes

newcomers with open arms.  Located

in the north Dordogne, it lies

beside the river Isle, which gives

it a pleasant, green character and

provides plenty of hiking trails and

bridleways. The town has a rich

history, including gold mining and

ancient forges. A superb medieval

château overlooks the impressive

public square and fountain. You'll

find everything you need here, including restaurant,

bar, butcher and

baker."

Jackie Peatfield is one of our Aquitaine agents

REGION OF FRANCE

CLIMATE

AV HOUSE €

Aquitaine 2,035 €185,000

Midi-Pyrénées 2,031 €160,000

Poitou-Charentes 1.995 €140,000

AQUITAINE

The term 'world class' springs

to mind when we think about

Aquitaine. Can you find better

beaches for surfing, higher

quality wines or more colourful

and welcoming markets? We

don't think so.

Aquitaine contains five

départements. The Pyrénées-Atlantiques borders

Spain and

has the most famous beaches.

Move north through the Landes

into the Gironde, and you enter

the most famous vineyard region in the world.

UNESCO has

classed the centre of Bordeaux

as a world heritage site, and its

architecture takes your breath

away. Of course, you'll pay a

premium for property in and

around Bordeaux - but pay a

visit to a town like St Emilion

and you'll see it's worth it.

Bordering the Gironde is

the Dordogne département,

which is popular with international buyers.

Here you'll find

a mixture of pretty riverside

villages, busy and vibrant

markets, scenic countryside

and the lowest property prices

within Aquitaine. Move south

into the Lot-et-Garonne and

you'll find similar ingredients,

plus an equally beautiful river.

There is a wide selection of

beautiful towns and villages

to explore: Agen, Marmande -

famous for its tomatoes - and

Villeneuve-sur-Lot all spring to

mind.

POITOU-CHARENTES

Glorious sandy beaches, golden

sunflowers, deep green vineyards

and 'the most beautiful

stream in all my kingdom' give

the Poitou-Charentes region a

flavour of its own. On the coast

are the chic resort and designer

boutiques of La Rochelle and

the beautiful beaches around

the pretty seaside town of

Royan. The coastline here is

perfect for family holidays, with

championship golf courses,

dedicated cycle routes and

plenty to see and do throughout the year.

La Rochelle hosts

a superb aquarium, while Royan

has one of the largest and best

looked after zoos in Europe.

Property prices reduce

as you head inland through

the Charente Maritime to the

Charente département. Here

the landscape is dominated

by vineyards, which supply

grapes and eau de vie to the

world famous cognac houses

like Hennessy, Rémy Martin and

Courvoisier. Follow the river

valley and you'll come across

some glorious towns and villages that are

always popular with

buyers from overseas. Prices

here are, inexplicably, among

the lowest in south west France.

The mixture of beautiful countryside and sunny climate are

a

hard combination to resist.

Moving north from the

Charente you arrive in the

Vienne and the Deux-Sèvres.

The former is home to Poitiers,

with its superb air, road and rail

links to the UK and the rest of

Europe. Futuroscope, an educational theme park, is close to

the town. Property prices are a

little higher around Poitiers as

it's popular and has a respected university.

However, in the

countryside, and across the border in the Deux-Sèvres,

you'll

find great value for money.

The historic town of Parthenay

is a treat to visit - it was also

the first town in France to win

a 'connectivity' award, so you

should have no problem with

your wifi!

Wherever in the south west

you choose to buy, I'm sure

you'll receive a warm welcome

from the locals and find great

joy in exploring it.

Cahors

Col du Tourmalet

Photo: John Kershner

" I am just beginning the

process of purchasing a

house, and you and all

your estate agents have already

offered a caring and

thorough service. I cannot

praise Dawn Gregg highly

enough. She has been

professional, sensible and

competent in all that she

has done for us. I have

referred everyone I know

in the UK to your website.

No doubt you'll be hearing

from several of them."

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