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Y

es, I bought my

house here in

January 1998, a time

when Jacques Chirac

was still President

and France won the

World Cup (yes, that's twice now,

in my time here - as my neighbours

take great delight in telling me).

It is a region of real character

and tradition. I live inland, where the

rolling countryside is full of timeless

hamlets and villages. I'm also close

to Château de la Bretesche, which

is set in 243 hectares and hosts a

superb spa alongside a championship

golf course. From here, it's a short

drive to the famous town of La

Baule, a classic seaside town with

Clive Percival has had a home in the Loire-Atlantique for twenty-two years; he

tells us why he thinks the area is so special

beautiful villas, luxury hotels, and

chic boutiques. If you are feeling

lucky, then the casino will be happy

to welcome you too. The population

of La Baule expands each summer

mightily as rich Parisians fl ock into

town; if you are a fan of people-

watching, then this is the place to be.

I am biased, of course, but I would

say that this stretch of coastline is

the most scenic in western France.

The Atlantic coast here offers a

mixture of golden beaches and quiet

rocky coves, which stir many fond

memories.

We are also lucky to have

the city of Nantes, and its superb

international airport, on our

doorstep. A city that regularly

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features in the media as offering

the highest quality of life in France.

It also has a selection of excellent

shops, bars, and restaurants; it has

over 100 parks and gardens to

explore - not that I've managed

to visit them all yet. Thanks to the

excellent reputation of Nantes

and the world-famous shipyards of

nearby Saint-Nazaire, this is an area

that boasts a thriving economy.

Of course, there is more to

the Pays de la Loire than just

my patch. The region covers fi ve

departments, all of which have a

differing landscape, culture, and

property market. Prices across

the departments vary enormously.

Resorts like La Baule have some

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