We understand that translating your dream into bricks
and mortar is not always easy. Property hunting is both
exciting and gruelling, especially when you are getting
to know an area, and have to cover large distances driving
unfamiliar roads. We can help you put the fun back into
the adventure of chasing your dream. We are perfectly
located to be used as a base. From the chateau
you will be able to explore the Limousin, upper Dordogne
and the surrounding regions with ease.
We have been through the experience of hoping the next
place will be all it promises, and trying to see potential
in ramshackle wrecks, until we found the place we fell
in love with, the Chateau Ribagnac. The area is
beautiful and we are fortunate enough to have lovely
historic buildings as well as more modest homes on offer.
The prices in the region, though on the increase, still
offer excellent value for money. The friendliness of
the people here also makes the area an attractive place
to settle or holiday in. We are happy to offer any advice
we can, and if we can help with contacts, directions
or recommendations please let us know.
Generally, the role of the French estate agent is rather
different from that in the UK. You will find that a
good agent will know literally everything about the
property being shown, and be willing to put you in touch
with craftsmen and builders as required. They will ask
questions of the seller that may be difficult for you
to ask and provide a useful negotiator if there are
issues that are sensitive, for instance agricultural
leases etc., although there is no substitute for independent
legal advice (we are both from the profession after
all!). During viewings, the seller is rarely present,
and the agent will expect you to take your time and
ask as many questions as you like. You should allow
around 2 hours per property, and longer if the property
is extensive, and you will always be expected to look
at outbuildings. You should note, however, that many
French people do not buy their homes through estate
agents – many properties are available through
local advertising in newspapers and magazines. That’s
when some knowledge of French or someone to help you
can really make a difference. If you need help with
the language and there is something specific you need
to know or ask the agent, Patrick will be happy to assist
If you need help on a more formal basis, let us know
– if we cannot help you ourselves, we’ll
probably know someone who can. Arrangements must be
made in advance for viewings and although some British
agents will try to plan your route, it is best to check
that they have made the most sensible use of time. This
can be awkward if you are using more than one agent.
If this is the case, we are happy to help you plan in
order to reduce your driving time.
Whether your trip is an exploratory one, or if you already
know this is the area for you (how could it not be?!)
we offer the perfect antidote to the exhausting process
of property hunting. You can enjoy the comforts of our
country house, or the lakes and
chat about your experiences while relaxing with a drink
or sitting down to a delicious dinner.
We also offer extremely favourable rates for those staying
five nights or more.
Please speak to us about winter rates for 2004/5, if
you are planning to property hunt out of season.