French Property Blog: Our Voice from France

Leggett Magazine #wheredoyoureadyours

Golden Gate Bridge


Regular readers of Leggett magazine or our followers on Twitter will recall our recent campaign #wheredoyoureadyours.

Well due to all your fabulous responses earlier in the year, we are having another round, so if you didn’t join in the last one, it’s time to step up!

So please tweet or send photos of yourselves reading your copy of #Leggett Magazine in different places around the world – be it the top of Mont Blanc, the African bush or the Arctic Circle. OK, so we might be setting the bar a bit too high with some of those but we do know you are a jolly adventurous bunch who get around to some amazing places (and not all of them in France!) but also pretty imaginative so we also seek the quirky and the offbeat too (King Kong was one of our favourites!).

So please share with us. Send them to

No comment so far

Property pick…. Properties with Vineyards

We are now well into the grape-picking season and many of us will be dreaming of owning a vineyard in time for next summer.
Here we pick three properties with vineyards …

The dream property for many: a nicely renovated four-bed farmhouse attached to a hobby vineyard in a village of the sun-drenched Languedoc. The local vigneronne even does all the work for you if you just want to lie by the pool.


For those that wish to enjoy living in a terrific wine region but don’t want a vineyard of their own, this is a beautiful five-bed home (with annexe for gites) near Tours in the Loire valley, easily reached by train, plane or car.


This is a real corker: a lovely renovated four-bedroom stone house 25 minutes from St Emilion in the heart of the Bordeaux wine region – that comes with a profitable vineyard and distribution network. So your new adventure as a wine producer can start from day one!


No comment so far


A record number of people were recorded enjoying the Place in the Sun live show at the NEC in Birmingham earlier this week! – 8,000 people attended the show with hundreds queuing each morning to get in early, to enjoy what is always an exciting and information packed show.

Place in the Sun Sept 2015

Leggett were super busy as always throughout the three day exhibition chatting to people about their ideas, locations and general practicalities of living in France. Confidence in the French market is extremely high right now and it’s no wonder when we see the euro remain strong against the pound, obtaining a cheap mortgage is quick and easier and house prices have stopped dropping and are tipped to rise! – there’s never been a better time to buy that ‘dream home’ in France.

Place in the Sun Sept 2015_2

Leggett currently have over 14,000 properties for sale and exhibiting regularly at all the best property shows in Europe, connecting beautiful homes directly with the buying pubic, is an important part of our marketing strategy and has clearly played a part in our winning the coveted “Best Estate Agency in France” award for the third year running!

Place in the Sun Sept 2015_3

No comment so far

It’s a hat trick of wins for Leggett Immobilier


We are delighted to report that for an unprecedented third year running Leggett Immobilier has won the “Best Estate Agency in France” at the European property awards.

These prestigious awards recognise exceptional levels of service in the industry and can offer our buyers the reassurance that they really are dealing with the best in the business.

What sets Leggett apart has been their ability to attune to the increasing number of international buyers in France, says Chairman Trevor Leggett: “It is vital that we continue to innovate and tailor the service we offer to their ever changing needs”.  Of the fact this is a hat-trick of triumphs he adds: “To win this award three years running gives immense satisfaction. Our sales have grown by 40 per cent over the last 12 months and, as a family business, we have strived to keep our customer service levels at the same high levels. To once again be voted “Best Real Estate Agent in France” truly is a testament to the hard work & professionalism of our agents and staff.

There are over 1,200 estate agencies in France and for buyers embarking on a property search, it can be a bewildering task.  Identifying a good agent is key to finding the perfect property and Leggett’s network of 260 agents all live and breathe the locations they are selling property. It is this intimate knowledge of areas that really sets them apart, along with the comprehensive hand-holding aspect of our service – it’s never just about selling bricks and mortar but advising buyers on local schools, amenities, transport links, restaurants, local taxation, finding a mortgage and even locating a local builder to help them renovate!

property awards 2015 logo

No comment so far

C’est la rentrée

Another summer holiday is over, and in écoles maternelles and lycées across France newly arrived British children are embarking on a new life in a new school. Here we pick three properties with easy access to superb lycées.


This stunningly renovated manor house in the Loire Atlantique is close to Brittany’s beaches but also the acclaimed Lycée College de Grand Air, in La Baule.

Set in 5.7 acres, with pasture for horses, this six-bedroom property would make an ideal family home or B&B with gites.


The fast-evolving and vibrant port-city of Marseille is home to France’s best-rated lycee, Lycée Notre-Dame de la Viste.

This is a three-bed home tucked away in the hills above the city, with guesthouse, pool and sublime views.

200x150_dscn1138 (1)

A magnificent maison de maitre that oozes character, this six-bedroom property offers two barns, a pool and a hamman.

Located in one of the Dordogne’s popular spots – Bergerac, with the highly rated Lycée Sainte-Marthe – it could work as a large family home or B&B.


No comment so far