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Meet Claudia Goetting who swapped being an estate

agent in Berlin for a new life in the rural Languedoc six

years ago...

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WORDS: LIZ ROWLINSON

B

ERLINERS CLAUDIA AND HER

husband Jürgen, had owned a

holiday home in the tiny little

hamlet of St. Martin de l'Arcon in

the Herault since 1991 but when

Jürgen retired in 2011, they decided to

move full time to their Languedoc home,

and Claudia became a Leggett agent four

years ago.

WHY ST. MARTIN DE L'ARCON?

We have long loved this area as it's authentic France,

where people don't worry

about what car your drive. It's got a great

climate and we loved the tiny little mediaeval

hamlet where everyone looks out

for each other in a very nice way. It's also

very sociable and we often go and sit on

the terrace of a neighbour for a glass of

something. The countryside around it is

beautiful.

SO YOU SWAPPED BEING AN ESTATE

AGENT IN GERMANY FOR FRANCE?

I was dealing with rental apartments in

Berlin and it was very much a 9 to 5 job.

I much prefer the flexibility of being a

Leggett agent and also selling people the

beautiful homes in this region - here I'm

selling dreams not just properties! I originally came

here to retire - although I am

only 50 this year - but I got bored and now

love what I do.

ANY DOWNSIDES?

If you don't like driving around the countryside you

might not enjoy this job, but I

love it. There's nothing that is especially

challenging apart from the fact it is so social here

- there are many things going on

that involve too many apero's!

WHAT IS HOME IN FRANCE?

We live in a 300-year-old "little castle"

with four bedrooms, in the centre of the

hamlet. It's got a courtyard and we have a

separate garden of 3,000 sq metres which

I love pottering in, and I have Indian Runner ducks

there too. I also love painting

and decorating.

YOUR FAVOURITE RESTAURANT?

We love Fleurs D' Olargues that is in the

beautiful village of Olargues overlooking

the river. Only 8km away from us, it has

a Danish chef who is very creative with

fresh ingredients, it's not the traditional

entrecote and chips French fare.

AND WHAT HOME WOULD YOU LOVE

TO BUY?

A stunning property located in one of the

most beautiful settings in the middle of a

vineyard just a short drive to lively Saint

Chinian. It has all you could wish for. Marvellously

built using only noble materials it

is set in an extraordinary garden of

8,000m² and comes with a spectacular

swimming pool, summer kitchen and Mediterranean

planting.

WHAT DO YOUR CUSTOMERS TYPICALLY

WANT?

British buyers seek old style properties

and their budget now is typically around

€300,000. They tend to prefer buying

up to one hour inland rather than on the

coast and discover and love "my" Orb valley.

Still popular are Pézenas, Marseillan

and the wine region of Saint Chinian.

Secret AGENT

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