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M

onpazier is a

postcard-pretty

bastide town

with its thirteenth-century

fortified walls enclosing a rich

history spanning many centuries. It was actually founded

and built by King Edward I of

England (the Duke of Gascony)

and it was also home to Eleanor

of Aquitaine and Richard II of

England. Located in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine

region, in the

département of the Dordogne, it

hosts an array of events including a medieval

fair, cycle race

and a weekly market with the

sort of local produce for which

the Dordogne is much loved.

"It enjoys a holiday feel

without being overcrowded,"

says Leggett's local agent,

Franck Garcia, of the popular

tourist spot. "Many buyers are

looking to develop a business

here - the obvious choice is

to choose a property with the

option to manage or create a

B&B or gîtes." He says buyers'

budgets are from €180,000 to

above €1 million, and the average

property price in Aquitaine

is €183,000. You can get a two

or three bed historic townhouse

for this budget, or a six bed

stone gîte property with a pool

for around €475,000.

LA FLOTTE EN RÉ

POITOU-CHARENTES

F

rance's answer to The

Hamptons, Ile-de-

Ré - connected by a

bridge to La Rochelle

- offers an idyllic

summer playground of cycle

tracks between vineyards,

salt marshes, fishing villages and lovely

"island style"

homes with green shutters, red

pantile roofs and hollyhocks.

One of the Ile's three main

villages that people show interest in is La Flotte in the north

east (the other two are nearby

MONPAZIER

DORDOGNE

Saint-Martin and Le Bois-Plageen-Ré),

an elegant medieval

town with postcard-pretty

fisherman's houses along its

harbour avenue. "Many clients

love La Flotte for its beautiful port, busy over

summer

and so peaceful in winter, the

traditional side streets and the

famous market," says Elinor

Murless, our agent there. "Prices

are a bit lower than St-Martin

especially if you compare properties for

sale close to the port

and centre in both villages."

Within the département

of Charente-Maritime, the

Ile-de-Ré falls within the

arrondissement of La Rochelle.

Prices are relatively high due

to the island's popularity with

Parisians, British, Benelux and

Dutch buyers. In La Flotte for a

small two bedroom house you

can pay €300,000, but for a

larger house with two or three

bedrooms the budget can go

up to €550,000, depending on

location.

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