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Albi

Hennessy, Rémy Martin, Courvoisier

and the other big brands

rub shoulders with the smaller

wine growers, most of whom

have been working the soil for

generations.

AQUITAINE

Moving south to Aquitaine,

you'll find a region of even

greater variations. The five

départements have vastly

different landscapes, traditions,

accents and, most significantly,

property prices. It really does

pay to use an estate agent who

lives and works in your desired

area so that you can pick their

brain on the local market.

Just to show the contrast: if

M

Y PERSONAL

escape to France

came 20 years

ago, when I left

my blackboard

behind me and brought my

family to south west France. We

haven't looked back. I heartily

recommend this area to anyone

hunting for property.

We live close to the coast

in the Charente-Maritime, a

département that has always

been popular with international

buyers and wealthy Parisians

looking for a second home

in the sun. There's always a

decent stock of property to

choose from. We agree with the

Notaires de France when they

say that the market has turned

and prices are slowly beginning

to rise again.

POITOU-CHARENTES

Property here represents good

value right now. Prices within

Poitou-Charentes are traditionally among the lowest

in France,

particularly in the more rural

areas of Deux-Sèvres and the

Charente. The average property prices

here are currently

€105,000 and €110,000 respectively.

You'll pay a premium

close to the coast: La Rochelle

and Royan are both particularly

attractive tourist destinations.

And you'll find that land prices

rise in and around Cognac.

Tony Murless

is our area coordinator

for the

Charente Maritime

A land of vibrant, colourful markets and sweeping river

valleys with gastronomic delights at every turn - perfect for

lazy summer afternoons

PHOTOS: CYRILLE MOINGEON

The South West

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