French Property Blog: Our Voice from France

A New Life in France

It’s been a beautiful long summer here in France and while the British love affair with France as a holiday destination continues, our recent online poll revealed that 50% of British house hunters in France are looking to make a permanent move here.


We found this really interesting, particularly in light of the fact that it was conducted after the EU referendum. A similar poll conducted by Rightmove overseas last year showed that only 38% of Brits were looking for a full time move, with more than half of British buyers looking to buy a holiday home.

In our survey (of over 1,000 people) the figure for holiday-home hunters was 20 per cent. As Trevor Leggett, chairman of Leggett Immobilier, comments: “Despite Brexit uncertainty, it seems that the British love affair with the relaxed French lifestyle, the wonderful culture and climate and the beautiful affordable property available here remains as strong as ever.” Our record-breaking sales figures this year back this up, with buying conditions still ideal – interest rates low and prices static in many areas.

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Mind your language

Learning French is something that can be daunting, but it can really help with your new life, is great brain exercise – and not as difficult as you think. Age is no barrier to learning either.


Of course you might muddle along with the basics, but think how integration will be so much more fun when you can chat to your neighbours, the shop keepers, local officials, or your children’s teachers. Don’t be put off by the enormity of the task – did you know a third of all English words have their origin in French? Apart from understanding your paperwork, there are important cognitive health benefits of learning a language too. Check out two great free Apps that you can use on your smartphone any time – Duolingo and Memrise. There’s no reason not to get started now!

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Home is where the heart is….

Brexit has brought many interesting reactions. One of the most intriguing is that 50% of Brits looking to buy property in France are now looking to make a permanent move.


This is according to a recent poll of ours – that compares with a similar poll by Rightmove Overseas last year that suggested only 38 per cent of Brits looking to leave the UK for good. It seems that some of you are going to try for residency sooner rather than later, whilst others do not wish to reside outside the EU.

“Despite Brexit uncertainty, it seems the British love affair with the relaxed French lifestyle, the wonderful culture and climate and the beautiful affordable property available here remains as strong as ever,” says Trevor Leggett, chairman of Leggett Immobilier.

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Plum properties, ripe for picking…

Prunes are big business in the Lot-et-Garonne town of Agen. Whether sampled raw, pureed or soaked in Armagnac, dried plums are especially celebrated in the Big Prune Show, or Les Fetes D’Agen, on 26-28th August. Here we pick three lovely houses only a (plum) stone’s throw away!

Lovely four-bedroom architect designed house in a leafy suburb of Agen, with extensive garden, pool and mature fruit trees. An ideal full-time home.


Oozing with ancient charm, this is a five-bedroom stone chartreuse with guest house pigeonnier and pool house, just reduced in price! North of Agen, it sits high with beautiful views.


Perfectly configured to capitalise all those prune-loving tourists, this eight-bedroom property offers a three-bed gite barn conversion, with pool, poolhouse and beautiful garden.


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Splashing around in the Vendée

Along with the many wonderful beaches and national parks of the Vendée region, a fabulous new waterpark that opened this summer will bring even more family fun to the region.


Located near Moutiers an Les Sables in the south Vendée, O’Gliss Water Park cost €12m to build and will be the third largest waterpark in France. A total of 12 water slides will include the Kamikaze, Freefall and Looping Rocket, but there’s also be river rapids, wave pool and a sunbathing area for those who want to relax a little. Five restaurants, kids complex, picnic area all help provide great day out for all the family, not least when combined with the 50-acre Indian Forest adventure park 3km away. Click here to browse properties nearby.

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