: château + 4 gites - €1.49m
of Albi, off the main road to Rodez,
in its own hamlet and grounds, this
renovated chateau and fine gites
are crying out for someone to transform
the business into a true events venue. more
: B&B + gite - Convent - €772,000
Ursuline convent now run as B&B and
gite business. Right in the historic heart of Gascony's
capital, guests can visit all the
sights on foot. Garden and pool make
this special. more
: Gite complex - €698,000
deepest Armagnac country of Gascony
- in the countryside between Nogaro
and Eauze - this successful gite
complex comprises a family home and
4 gites, outhouses and a big pool.
It could turn over a lot more with
someone dynamic at the helm. more
Gite complex - €649,000
true gite complex in a very sought-after
area: near the twee village of Eymet
just 20 mins south of Bergerac in
the Lot&Garonne. There's a main house
and three big gites, a spa/well-being
centre and a pool with paddling pool.
Very well kept and maintained. Views.
- south Gascony: B&B with garden
the Gascony lake district, this busy
B&B boasts 5 big guest rooms, a 3-bedroom
owner's quarter, a big garden and
... a town-centre location, right
beside the Mairie. Much potential
as cycling centre or cooking school. more
Mountain bike hostel - €399,000
Pyrenean farmhouse plus 12-bed mountain
hostel, two barns and land in the
Vallée d'Oueil, midway between the
Col de Peyresourde and the Port de
Balès. If these names mean nothing
then you're not a cyclist! For this
is pure Tour de France territory
with two major seasons: cycling and
hiking in summer, winter sports in
- Farhouse + gite - €428,000
of UNESCO Heritage site at Albi, beside the Gorge de Viaur,
this simple farmhouse and 4-bedroomed
gite has been refurbished to a high
standard. Central-heating, double-glazing
. ... the lot. Two big barns and
a lovely pool come with the business so it
can be expanded. more
Place in the Sun
22nd September - 4pm - Channel 4 (UK)
The celebrated Channel 4 TV show came to visit three
of our properties just before the Brexit
referendum. These were all in the Aude département within 30 minutes of Carcassonne: ref
147 at Pech Luna, ref
162 in Palaja and ref
179 in Issel.
In the end, the two 'buyers' didn't end up buying
anything as, by the time they got back to
the UK, their savings were worth 10% less!
So the three properties are still on the market
and UK-based buyers will have a chance of
seeing them in the company of Laura Hamilton,
the presenter, on Thursday 22nd September
at 4pm on Channel 4.
Prices go crashing ...
the other day a vendor - who has had her property on the market
a mere two months - rang me to
ask that I change the asking price for her
spread on my websites. It was an €800k property.
Without batting an eyelid she cooly lopped
off €100k. Where else in Europe does this happen?
are continally subjected to propaganda - there is no other word
for it - that would have us
believe that house prices are on the rise again
in France, Germany, Spain and wherever. Property
magnats, promoters and 'international' estate
agents are all active in talking up prices
based on a few statistics gleaned from sales
in Paris and the Riviera. They would have us
believe that because flats now cost over €8000
per square metre in Paris the same goes for
the rest of France.
I was showing a
beautiful watermill to a client this
week near Carcassonne. He opined that the price
(€530k) was 'a bit steep'. When I pointed out
to him that he was getting over a thousand
square metres of living surface for his money
I could see him making a quick calculation
... before going silent. Yes, we are far from
those Parisian prices down here in the sunny
Says: Well, Brexit has come and gone
and no one is the wiser about where we all stand.
Our UK buyers are fewer than before but others
are filling the gap: Belgians and Swiss especially.
A pity, as this is the time to view properties
and start the buying process. Don't forget it
takes three months from signing the compromis
de vente until completion.
you missed the SUMMER
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