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LEGGETT MAGAZINE CENTRE-VAL DE LOIRE

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T WAS AN ADVENTURE

when, ten years ago, my

husband and I moved to the

Loire valley with our four

children.

This is a region full of warm

people and attractive countryside,

with the gorgeous river

Loire meandering through the

centre. We have the most picturesque

châteaux and some of

the finest vineyards in France.

The white wines are world renowned,

particularly Sancerre

and Pouilly-Fumé. It's difficult

to describe the thrill you get

driving through the countryside

and stopping for lunch in a local

restaurant, with views over the

châteaux at Amboise, Chinon

or Blois. Indeed, there are dozens of

châteaux to choose from,

many of which are UNESCO

world heritage sites.

I live close to Chinon and

love making the most of a work/

life balance that escaped me in

the corporate world.

The landscape is varied and

so are the properties available.

You will pay a premium to be in

or close to the major towns such

as Tours or Orleans, similarly if

you want to be on the river or

next to one of the famous châteaux.

If you are looking to open

a chambre d'hÔtes or offer gÎte

accommodation then we do

have visitors 365 days a year

- just make sure you do your

research and get the numbers

right. In fact, I would say that

local knowledge is critical to

finding the right property in this

area. All of the Leggett team live

and work on their patch and will

be able to talk knowledgeably

about climate, property prices

and which towns and villages

have the best restaurants and

festivals.

Our property portfolio in

the region is second to none.

Centre-Val de Loire

From glorious châteaux to fine wines and gorgeous countryside,

the Centre-Val de Loire is full of fabulous properties

offering a real taste of France.

If you are looking for a bargain

we have a five bed maison de

maÎtre, recently reduced in price

by € 50,000 to € 122,000 .

Alternatively, i f you fancy a

taste of the 'Good Life' then for

€99,000 you can buy a picturesque cottage

with three hectares

of land.

For those with a bigger budget

you really can pick up some

special properties. How about

a riverside maison bourgeoise,

with heated pool and in the centre

of a thriving town? Yours for

under €300,000.

If you have won the lottery

you can buy a 15th century château and country

estate with

200 hectares of woodland and

pastureland - it's on the market

for €1,785,000, the price of a

flat in Central London.

Now that's what I call a retirement

plan!

Charlotte Field is

one of our agents

in the Loire Valley

What's on

FESTIVAL DE MUSIQUE TERRE

DU SON, MONTS

6-8 JULY

FESTIVAL DARC, CHÂTEAUROUX

12-24 AUGUST

FESTIVAL DE PEINTURE ET

SCULPTURES, MONTRÉSOR

12-15 AUGUST

ARTISANALES DE CHARTRES

12-15 OCTOBER

SALON DE LA GASTRONOMIE,

ORLÉANS

23-26 NOVEMBER

DISCOVER

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