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M

Y FAMILY AND I

moved to Poitou

Charentes in 2003

and since then I

have been able

to enjoy watching my children

grow up in an idyllic environment.

The new region of Nouvelle

Aquitaine covers a vast

swathe of south west France

and vastly different landscapes.

Each of them gets to share the

superb climate though - we get

to experience the best of all seasons and enjoy

long, warm, summers

that allow us to make the

most of the garden. An aperitif

before the evening meal is one

of many French traditions that

we have adopted since moving

over here.

We're not the only "international" family

in the area. This

region has long been a favourite of

British, Dutch and Belgian

buyers. The average spend of an

overseas buyer is just €235,000

and this is a healthy budget in

what is one of the best value

regions of France. Leggett has

over 7,200 properties for sale in

Nouvelle Aquitaine, so, to help

buyers, we have split this into

three on our website: Poitou-

Charentes, Aquitaine and Limousin.

Poitou-Charentes is a glorious area

that takes in coastal

gems such as La Rochelle with

its chic boutiques, pretty harbour and vibrant

lifestyle, and

Royan with its safe and sandy

beaches, wonderful seafood,

and family friendly ambiance.

Further inland you will find a

rolling landscape, dominated

by the vineyards whose grapes

go on to create cognac for the

world famous Cognac houses

such as Hennessy, Remy Martin

and Courvoisier.

Our listings include plenty

of properties with income potential, such

as chambre d'hÔtes

and gÎtes, to make the most

of the rental demand in the

area. The departments of Deux

Sèvres and Vienne are worth investigating

too, as they benefit

from the same micro-climate,

with excellent value properties.

Aquitaine includes the popular Dordogne

department, a

FACING PAGE

The port at La

Rochelle; The

Museum of

Prehistory near

Les Eyzies,

Dordogne; A

view of the

Dordogne

Valley; White

grapes in the

vineyards at

Jarnac in the

Charente.

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River floating through

Argentat in

the Limousin;

Ile de Ré and

the coast of

La Coubre in

the Charente

Maritime.

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firm favourite with British buyers

who see the sunshine and

quality of life on the TV shows

and decide they want their own

particular place in the sun. The

Dordogne does indeed offer a

beautiful landscape and low

prices which is why it counts for

around 45% of all international

sales in Aquitaine. However, the

surrounding departments also

offer an excellent combination

of quality and value and I would

encourage you to explore them

fully.

Finally, the Limousin is renowned

for its wide open spaces, slow

pace of life and terrific

value for money. I urge you to

take a look through our property

listings and defy you not to gasp

at the quality of properties you

will find for such little money.

Access is easy via the international airport at Limoges,

and

towns such as Aubusson and

Uzerche are truly beautiful. If

you want to get away from it all

then there are few better places

to buy.

I am confident that whatever your

budget we will have a

property that matches your requirements.

We have strong and

consistent demand from both

domestic and overseas buyers

throughout the region. If you are

thinking of taking the plunge

then I'd heartily recommend

Nouvelle Aquitaine... it certainly

worked out for us!

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