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NOUVELLE

Aquitaine

Can it really be sixteen years

ago that we set up home in

this glorious region? Time

seems to have flown by and I

definitely haven't tired of seeing

the glorious contrast of golden

sunflowers and deep verdant-green vines every

summer. Our family has developed deep roots

in the region and our social circle includes locals,

who stretch back generations, as well as fellow

"newbies" from further afield.

I was reminded of this when I read the latest

report from BNP Paribas, saying that almost one

in three homes bought by British buyers last

year were purchased in Nouvelle Aquitaine. Of

course the Dordogne leads the way in terms of

"where" they are buying, but the truth is that all

12 regions had their fair share of sales. Nouvelle

Aquitaine is the largest region in France, so it's

not easy to give you an accurate flavour of life

here in such a short article. As an example, the

Basque culture is hugely different to the more

We asked Maxine Enderby to tell us why the Nouvelle Aquitaine

region is so popular with both local and international buyers.

laid back life we lead here in the Deux Sèvres.

The language and dialect is indecipherable to me,

local dishes are more exotic and parties seem to

last longer into the evening! Even the beaches

seem to have a different character - my local

ones in Charente Maritime are safe, sandy and

family-friendly. Further south, around Biarritz,

they are a surfers' paradise, with adrenalin junkies

mixed in with the families and sun-seekers.

Indeed, le soleil is one of the major

attractions. The gulf stream ensures warm

summers and mild winters - as an example, the

regional capital, Bordeaux, receives well over

2,000 hours of sunshine every year. Speaking of

Bordeaux, this fabulous city is constantly being

voted one of the most attractive destinations in

Europe. The glorious architecture and booming

economy is boosted by the fact that the city

is surrounded by world-famous vineyards and

associated towns such as St. Emilion. Did you

know that there are over 7,375 different wine

châteaux in the region? And don't get me

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