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CENTRE -VAL

DE LOIRE

Richelieu is in the department

of Indre-et-Loire, one of six

in the region. The department

takes its name from the two

beautiful rivers that flow through

it, and we have plenty of pretty

riverside villages that are

particularly popular with holiday

home owners. The department's

capital is the bustling city of

Tours, which is the largest in the

whole region. Here you will find

one of the largest amphitheatres

in France, a fine cathedral, and

an attractive old town. Tours is

home to a university, and the

housing demands from its 30,000

students mean that property

here gets snapped up quickly.

Property prices throughout

the region offer exceptional

I

was born in the French

Alps but moved, with my

family, to the Loire Valley in

2003 - it was love at first

sight. My village only has

a couple of hundred inhabitants

and was originally part of the

old "Haut Poitou" county. We

are lucky to have the historic

walled town of Richelieu on our

doorstep and can make the most

of the beautiful weekly market

and the fresh local products.

Over recent years I have noticed

an increasing number of Truffière

(truffle orchards) springing up.

This area used to be one of the

most important truffle suppliers

in the 19th century, and it is

lovely to see the oil, and the

truffles themselves, being sold

Sylvaine Gauthier lives in a tiny village called Prinçay, on the edge of

Poitou, Anjou and Touraine. She tells us what makes this region so

absolutely special.

on market day. Of course, you

will also be able to pick up some

excellent wine, as the vineyards

here are amongst the finest in

France. I am so lucky that my job

as an estate agent means that

I get to drive around and see

this varied landscape changing

throughout every season.

It also means that I can

follow my passion for property.

When we moved here, our

dream was to find and renovate

an old stone farmhouse. There

were plenty of choices, but one

property stood out, an old 15thcentury

Seigneurie which took us

nine years to renovate. We like

to think that the original "Lord

of the Manor" would be happy

with the job we did!

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