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J

ust off the Baie de Somme,

Ault is a  quiet seaside resort

on Normandy's 'Alabaster coast',

near Picardy. It's easily

reached from the Channel ports

of Dunkirk, Calais or Dieppe.

Surprisingly, for a seaside

town, house prices are fairly low.

A 3-bedroom house

can be bought for €180,000

AULT, Normandy

and a 2-bedroom home for

as little as €120,000.

Often referred to as the

hidden treasure of the Côte

d'Opale, Ault sits on the

400 km of coastline that run

along the Hauts-de-France

from the Belgian border to

Le Havre. The UNESCO World

Heritage Site of the Baie de

Somme - considered as the

most beautiful, natural bay

in the world - is at its heart.

Some towns and ports, such

as Calais, Boulogne, Le Bouquet

and St Valery-sur-Somme, are

well known. Others, like Ault,

are smaller. The white-sand

beach at Ault is bounded by

tall, imposing white cliffs,

which take on a golden glow

at sunset.  For tourists and

residents alike, the town is well

served with shops, bars and

restaurants as well as hotels.

"Ault is a genteel small

town," says agent Tim Sage.

"It's close enough to the bright

lights of the big resorts such as

Le Touquet, Dieppe and Mersles-Bains for

the times you want

a lively scene. Yet it's also ideal

for when you want peace and

quiet. You could say it's more

like Shoreham than Brighton."

Photo credit : Isamiga 76

Photo credit : Pierre de Sable

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SAUVIAN,

€636,000

A lovely, private

5-bed home with a

heated pool on the

outskirts of Sauvian, near Agde.

Ref: 50999DKR34

AULT, €330,720

Superb 6-bedroom

townhouse

with large garden

in the seaside

town of Ault.

Ref: 61781TS80

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6

G

rau d'Agde is a

charming, vibrant

fishing village

in the Hérault

département of

the Languedoc region, half an

hour's drive east of Béziers.

You'll find homes here to

suit all budgets. An average

price for a studio apartment

is €45,000, while an architect-built

home near the

beach can go for €700,000.

The village is a lively little

hub of jetties where the river

Hérault meets the Mediterranean

sea. It's an ideal base

from which to explore 17 km of

beautiful beaches.  No matter

where you live in Agde, you're

within 5 km of the sea and its

GRAU D'AGDE, Languedoc

great seaside restaurants, which

open all year round. There are

several marinas and theme

parks - and, of course, the

Etang de Thau lagoon, famed

for its oysters, mussels and sea

salt.  Around the lagoon you'll

find ports where you can buy

your fish 'off the boat' from the

fishermen's morning catch.

"I have a summer home

in Grau d'Agde," says local

agent Anna Sirinides. "If I had

a choice, I'd probably live

there all year round. Life is as

exciting - or as calm - as you

wish it to be.  We have plenty of

sunshine, great food, magical

beaches, museums, night-clubs

and everything in between."

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