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bines beautiful countryside with

great value property. Buyers are

attracted by the micro climate

that makes the coastal area the

second sunniest part of France,

as well as the beautiful beaches and islands of

the Charente

Maritime. Generally, prices tend

to drop the further inland you

go. Both Deux Sèvres and Vienne are

departments steeped

in history and Poitiers is a city

founded by the Celts that mixes

the old and the new brilliantly.

If cognac is your tipple then visit

the Charente and take a tour of

Hennessy, Remy Martin or Courvoisier.

MIDI PYRÉNÉES

I only have a few hundred

words and it simply isn't possible to convey

the beauty and

the diversity of the eight departments. Three

of them front

the Spanish border along the

glorious Pyrénées mountains,

whilst move to the northern

most boundaries in the Lot and

Aveyron and you will find yourself in unspoiled villages

where

local customs are alive and well.

This is a region that is popular

with British, Dutch, Spanish,

German and American buyers

- many drawn by the Pyrénées

and the chance to buy property

at a price that compares very

favourably with other mountain

resorts.

AQUITAINE

My home for almost twenty

years now. I live in the western

Dordogne and have first-hand

experience of the warm welcome

offered by the locals, indeed I'm now

President of one

of my village associations… one

day I may well write a book

about my experiences!

This is a region that stretches from

the Spanish border,

south of glitzy Biarritz and beautiful Bayonne,

up past Bordeaux

and into the Gironde estuary.

It's also home to 140,000 hectares

of vineyards and many of

the most sought after wines in

the world. Leggett has an office

in stunning St. Emilion and the

city of Bordeaux has been transformed

into one of the "hottest"

destinations in the world - both

are UNESCO world heritage

sites.

This is only the tiniest of

glimpses into what it's like to

live, work and own property in

south west France. The very best

way to experience the famous

quality of life is to come and

see for yourself… just make sure

that you allow yourself plenty of

time to stop and enjoy the delights on offer

along the way.

"I've chosen the historic but lively Eymet as

"one to watch". This bastide town is south of

Bergerac and property here is popular with

both domestic and international buyers. It has

a beautiful market square which is awash with

colour and gorgeous scents on market day

(Thursdays throughout the year with Sunday

markets too in summer). The arcaded properties

around the square date from the 13-15th

century and it's a pleasure strolling the historic

streets. Definitely one for the shortlist."

Gerry Jackson Phillip is one of our agents in

the Dordogne

ONE TO WATCH

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