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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 you.

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.


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