French Property Blog: Our Voice from France

The big issue: Brexit


A lot of you will be thinking about the outcome of the upcoming referendum (the so-called Brexit.) So far, there has been little discussion about how it might affect the two million UK citizens currently living in other EU member states.

Our (personal) view is that even if the vote was to leave the EU there would be little in the way of substantial change to UK citizens living in France. These citizens would enjoy “acquired rights” from having resided in an EU member state. We are convinced that the Government will take every step possible to protect the benefits of expats in any withdrawal discussions.

In the unlikely event of an “exit” vote these are three possible scenarios:

1. UK retains membership in the EEA (European Economic Area) – this means that existing rules on freedom of movement would still apply.

2. A compromise solution – falls short of the existing rules but with special arrangement for certain citizens (we think this is the likely outcome).

3. No agreement between UK and EU.  Even given this scenario the EU tends not to impose visa requirements on wealthy countries.

But whatever the outcome we see little in the way of substantial change to UK citizens living over here and that dreams of a happy life in France should still be realised.

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Blooming lovely, it’s springtime!

One of the wonderful things about spring is that we can get back out in the garden!


Here in France, the Open Garden Scheme that has been enthusiastically embraced from the Loire to the Cote d’Azur. It’s lovely to able to have a peek at other people’s gardens, whether it’s got exotic fruit trees or formal rose beds – enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of gateau.

Jardins Ouverte was launched in 2012 by four gardeners from the Haute Vienne, to raise money for children with cancer and runs from March to August every year. I was inspired to open my garden to the public last summer too – and many people are joining this all the time – we are fast becoming a nation of gardeners here, especially in my little patch of France where there are dozens of gardens on show!

I was entranced by the nursery at Le Temple sur Lot that supplied Monet his famous water lilies. Find out more: (

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Easter French style…

Easter is a big event in the pretty town of La Rochebeaucourt on the Charente/Dordogne borders, where a 132-year tradition is a spectacular Easter parade with brass bands accompanying the numerous floats.


Here we pick out three cracking properties nearby.

This is a lovely three-bedroom village house over three floors with swimming pool and garden next to a river in the lovely village of Le Rochebeaucourt – walking distance to the boulangerie!


 This charming little bolthole in Le Rochebeaucourt offers one bedroom but space in the attic for another – great value at €41,000!


This is the perfect project – a characterful home that could offer three bedrooms, with two barns some gites – 10 minutes from Brantome.


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A great show to start the year…

The new Leggett stand got its first outing of the year at The France Show as hundreds of buyers came by the browse our properties or have a chat about life in France.


Located at London’s Olympia – where we’ll be back in May for an expanded A Place in the Sun show – we had a great weekend meeting many of you and helping you on every aspect of buying and living in France. It was great to see such a good response this early in the year. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone who attended and as usual our seminars on French life were swamped! Our agents thoroughly enjoyed catching up over a coffee and chatting about the lifestyle, culture and property that France has to offer. We also launched our new ‘app’ making it easier than ever to search for French property via your ipad or iphone.

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Big demand for new Chamonix project

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The ski season may be far from over but apartments in a new development in the ever popular Chamonix will be gone before the snow
at this rate.

Within just four weeks of launching, a third of theproperties at Le Cordee, a new development in a prime location, have been reserved. We are not surprised: Chamonix is a year-round resort and this project is attractive to both buyers looking for an investment, and those simply looking for a home to enjoy. Easy access from Geneva is also key to its popularity. “The window of opportunity won’t be open for too long so if you’re looking in the Alps don’t hesitate to put La Cordée on your shortlist. The love affair that International buyers have with the Alps is set to continue,” says Trevor Leggett, Chairman of Leggett Immobilier.

The remaining 34 apartments start from €300,000 and phase one is due for completion in December 2017. There are one to six-bed units
available. Each apartment will have at least one underground parking space and one ski box.  Communal facilities include a reception, lounge, bar, swimming pool and “well-being” area.

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Here is a small selection of the properties on offer, to find more simply search our website:

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