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LEGGETT IMMOBILIER - LOCAL KNOWLEDGE YOU CAN TRUST

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.

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ONE TO WATCH

"The Creuse and the Haute-Vienne

are two départements to follow,

particularly if you're looking for a

typical French farmhouse with

4 bedrooms, a barn and at least

4,000m2 of land.

A decent property will cost on

average around €200-250,000.

However, it's getting increasingly

harder to find the remaining

bargains in these areas,

so buyers are looking in the

south and south west of the Creuse"

Paul Haskett is area coordinator for the

Limousin. Email: phaskett@leggett.fr

REGION OF FRANCE

CLIMATE

AV HOUSE €

Centre 1,833 €147,000

Limousin 1,899 €105,000

Burgundy 1,848 €126,000

Auvergne 1,913 €118,000

drop quite dramatically. The

lowest regional prices are found

in the Indre and the Cher.

This is a region that takes in

the most popular of the Loire

châteaux and welcomes millions of

tourists every year.

Blois, Chenonceau and

Chambord are just three of the

lovely châteaux that make the

'must see' list - as is the gothic

cathedral in Chartres, which is

possibly the finest of its kind.

LIMOUSIN

Next is the Limousin, my

hometown region and the least

populated region of mainland

France. Hearing birds in their

natural environment and seeing

kids turning up to school on

dad's tractor are just some of

the area's many charms.

The Limousin is made up

of three départements: Corrèze,

Creuse and Haute-Vienne, with

the latter having the most

expensive houses in and

around the famous city of

Limoges. It's a region full of

fantastic farmhouses - some

ripe for restoration and some

already brought back to life by

local artisans. If you like the

outdoor life then this is the

place for you. Fishermen will

particularly love the variety and

choice available.

AUVERGNE

Directly east of the Limousin

is the Auvergne, famous for

its dramatic volcanoes. This

too is an agricultural region,

with low population density

and a relaxed way of life. It is

more mountainous than the

Limousin though, particularly

in the south. This means that

the region is a haven for hikers,

cyclists and those who love the

outdoor life.

The Auvergne offers

excellent value for money.

The lowest prices are found in

the Allier département, around

Montluçon, while premium

prices are paid in the Puy-deDôme département,

where you

will find Clermont Ferrand. This

bustling city sits on a plain in

the Massif Central mountain

range. Surrounded by a chain of

volcanoes, it mixes industry and

tourism.

BOURGOGNE

North of the Auvergne lies

Bourgogne. It's one of France's

main wine producing areas - so

if you fancy buying a property

with sweeping views over

vineyards, this could be the

place for you.

Famous for both its red

and white, the reputation and

quality of wine is second to

none. Many of the best wines

come from the Côte-d'Or area,

but you'll also be familiar with

Beaujolais, Chablis and many

others.

There is a huge difference in

house prices in these areas and,

with cheap financing available,

now looks like a very good time

to buy.

'

We love the peace and quiet

of the Limousin. The locals

have been welcoming and

there is a community spirit

here. You don't even need to

close your doors when you

go out, let alone lock them!

LEGGETT CLIENTS

SARAH & BEN BARTRIP

Volcanos in Auvergne

Chambord castle in the Loire valley

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