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Meet our Agents in Aquitaine

Houses and Property for sale in all areas of Aquitaine

Leggett immobilier is a family firm with a reputation for professionalism and friendly service. We have been selling houses in France for two decades now and are long standing members of the FNAIM.

John Short
John Short
Helen Charlesworth
Helen Charlesworth
Denise Vincent
Denise Vincent
Juanita Franke
Juanita Franke
Claire Edwards
Claire Edwards
Anne Hulme
Anne Hulme
Antonella
Antonella
Jane Vernon
Jane Vernon
Julia Grange
Julia Grange
Catherine Dodin
Catherine Dodin
Dawn Gregg
Dawn Gregg
Nicky Charles
Nicky Charles
Margret Koenen
Margret Koenen
Justin Clipperton
Justin Clipperton
Harriet Davis
Harriet Davis
Stephan Ponte
Stephan Ponte
Lesley Mason
Lesley Mason
Mags Deniaud
Mags Deniaud
Sally West
Sally West
Penny Armstrong
Penny Armstrong
Peter Hindmarsh
Peter Hindmarsh
Angela Martyn
Angela Martyn
Natasja Kovacs
Natasja Kovacs
Lisa Cobern
Lisa Cobern
James Scott
James Scott
Jonathan Zuidema
Jonathan Zuidema
Caroline Hubbard
Caroline Hubbard
Martin Sheach
Martin Sheach
Karen Marie Vick
Karen Marie Vick
Cécile Garcia
Cécile Garcia
Liesl Jane Ryan
Liesl Jane Ryan
Jane Barnes
Jane Barnes
Lesley Allan
Lesley Allan
Pascale Van Damme
Pascale Van Damme
Susie Lärfors
Susie Lärfors
Xavier Routurier
Xavier Routurier
Sarah Biggar-Piedade
Sarah Biggar-Piedade
Joni Farthing
Joni Farthing
Jacqueline Tillbrooke
Jacqueline Tillbrooke
Jean Marie Pechmajou
Jean Marie Pechmajou
Franck Garcia
Franck Garcia
Juliette Bailey
Juliette Bailey
Karen Geipel
Karen Geipel
Angela Richardson-Bailey
Angela Richardson-Bailey
Marc Mulloy
Marc Mulloy
David Nirel
David Nirel
Marlies Poll
Marlies Poll
Eric Renard
Eric Renard
Jordan Tomlinson
Jordan Tomlinson
Linda Chamberlin
Linda Chamberlin
Louise Wakeford
Louise Wakeford
Andrew Ainscough
Andrew Ainscough
Corine Van der Plas
Corine Van der Plas
Sonja Meriot
Sonja Meriot
Nynke Gaastra
Nynke Gaastra
Jane Fitzearle
Jane Fitzearle
Isabelle Haran
Isabelle Haran
Jane Damian
Jane Damian
Catrin Morgan
Catrin Morgan
James Smith
James Smith
Joanna Diamond
Joanna Diamond
Mathilde de Saint Martin
Mathilde de Saint Martin
Jolanda Bokenfeld
Jolanda Bokenfeld
Olivier Lavigne
Olivier Lavigne
Patrick Moroz
Patrick Moroz
Jenny Livingstone-Blevins
Jenny Livingstone-Blevins
Megan Best
Megan Best
Sarah Best
Sarah Best
Denis Buffière
Denis Buffière
Gerry Jackson Philip
Gerry Jackson Philip
Emma Newbery
Emma Newbery
Nathalie Wolf
Nathalie Wolf

Our team in Aquitaine are all bilingual and we know the area and local property market intimately. We cover all five departments and have a growing portfolio of property for sale. We also have a central support team to ensure that your house search passes smoothly and successfully. This team is headed by our Chief Executive, Trevor Leggett – one of the most experienced and respected property experts in France. It includes lawyers, accountants, marketing experts and a call centre team who will arrange a viewing schedule to make the most of your visit.

Latest Articles from our dedicated Aquitaine blog


GIRONDE – 72 miles of fine coastline …

by Jane Berry on Mon 26 Dec 16

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Gironde is the largest french department with 2170 miles of rivers and 72 miles of fine coastline, and thanks to Bordeaux is home to 1.3 million people. It is named after the estuary that was formed by the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. The department is most famous for its sandy beaches, delectable mussels and fine wines. Summer is hot, with the occasional storm and Winter is usually mild.

Bordeaux is the capital of the department and also where the main wine industry is located. Being a bustling, cosmopolitan city, it contrasts with the traditional atmosphere found in wine-producing communities. The city has an elegant shopping centre, including the longest shopping street in Europe, and many great restaurants. The port town of Langon is located to the south of Bordeaux and is the highest point on the river Garonne, and the area has many stunning villages including St Emilion with chic, boutique shopping and wonderful vineyard scenery.

The Aquitaine Atlantic coast attracts a number of surfers, and is considered to be the best surfing spot due to its high waves. The Bassin d’Arcachon offers a more relaxing experience, and if you like mussels this area produces France’s fourth largest supply.
British Airways, Flybe, Easyjet and Air France all fly to Bordeaux from most UK airports. The TGV can also get from Bordeaux to Paris in under 4 hours.


BRANTÔME – Jewel of the Dordogne

by Jane Berry on Sat 17 Sep 16

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In the North West of the Perigord region is the charming village of Brantôme, sitting alongside the fast moving waters of the River Dronne. You can’t help but fall in love with the tiny cobbled streets, beautiful romanesque architecture round every corner and the lush greenery of the forests surround the town, framing the magnificent Benedictine Abbey, whose origins date back to the 8th century – the  Abbaey Church belfry is said to be the oldest in France, constructed in the 11th Century. Brantôme is also host to some superb restaurants for every pocket!

Leggett have a wonderful selection of properties in this area, take a look here …


AQUITAINE … Medieval village of Aubeterre sur Dronne …

by Jane Berry on Sat 30 Apr 16

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Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is situated in the south-east of the Charente department (16390) some 42 km south of Angoulême, 14 km east of Chalais and 16 km west by north-west of Ribérac. The Dronne river winds its way along the bottom of this medieval village. The commune forms part of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (The Most beautiful villages in France) and its hill top, tree lined square is filled with cafés, restaurants, small boutiques, one of the best butchers’ in the region and a lively weekly market for all your local fruits and vegetables. Parking is found at the top of the village and the river beach down at the base of the village is perfect for the children to enjoy.

Leggett have a wonderful selection of properties in this area, take a look here …


BORDEAUX – This month we meet Xavier Routurier, Leggett wine expert …

by Jane Berry on Fri 01 Jan 16

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“I was born on a vineyard, to parents who are both wine-growers!  Since training myself as an Oenologue (Wine Technician) I’ve spent a number of years developing a rich and all round experience of winemaking in Australia, New-Zealand, California and Bordeaux (Margaux).”

“I decided to join the Leggett vineyard team, specialising in the sale of Bordeaux vineyards, as I felt my thorough technical insight, from the growing of vines in the ground, through the wine production process in the cellars and international marketing, would be a valuable asset to clients thinking of purchasing a French vineyard. I believe that investing in a vineyard is not only about purchasing a charming house and a pretty vineyard, but equally its about having a wine expert to guide you in buying the right property at the outset and preparing you for the challenge ahead !”

The Gironde area is a blend of culture, history, gastronomy, dynamic economy, tourism and the art of living ! Bordeaux has been awarded for the second time  ‘The most attractive french city’ ! I invite you to come and discover this wonderful atmosphere for yourself,” says Xavier, “walk along the river Garonne, sit in the sunshine with a glass of wine and enjoy the lifestyle!”

Bordeaux is the largest wine appellation (area) in the world, with a total of 57 appellations, producing sparkling wines, sweet white wines, dry white wines, rosé wines and premium red wines. The French terroir is unique, producing extra special wines, but to do this you first need to understand the particular soil, climate, hillsides, vines and life in the vineyard !

“Leggett currently a number of valuable investment vineyards, through to small ‘turnkey’ properties with lower price tags” says Xavier “and I’ve no doubt that with my local knowledge of the area and expertise in the making of fine wines,  we will find a French vineyard to suit your needs and budget.”  See our current vineyard listings. Contact Xavier on +33 (0)5 57 55 06 06 for further information.

 


AQUITAINE – the Atlantic Coast with its diverse beaches and landscapes …

by Jane Berry on Tue 08 Dec 15

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The French Atlantic Coast, the westernmost point on the European continent, stretches from Hendaye in the Basque Country to Le Conquet in Brittany. In addition to these two regions, the Atlantic Coast includes AquitaineVendée and Charentes. Fishing and maritime trade here fostered the development of great ports, such as Saint-Jean-de-LuzBordeauxLa RochelleLes Sables-d’Olonne,  Saint-NazaireNantes and Brest. In the 19C sailors from these ports went off to fish the cod around Newfoundland and some of them settled there, in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon and Acadia.

The diverse beaches and landscapes on the French Atlantic Coast have been well-preserved and maintained. And while the Basque Country contains few sandy beaches, it has powerful waves that have attracted surfers from around the world, especially to Biarritz!
The coast of Aquitaine is another paradise for surfers, the best spots being at Lacanau-OcéanHossegorand Capbreton. Pines in the Landes forest, the largest in Europe, line its sandy beaches for miles, but beware of the currents! The Pilat Dune in Arcachon, the highest in Europe, is a genuine natural monument boasting a gorgeous panorama of the ocean and forest from the top.

Why not take a look at some of the beautiful properties for sale currently in Aquitaine


AQUITAINE – Discovering the Aquitaine …

by Jane Berry on Sat 21 Nov 15

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The region of Aquitaine forms the southwestern corner of France, which borders onto Spain and the Atlantic Ocean. The beautiful city of Bordeaux is the regional capital; it’s a port city on the Garonne River known back in the 18th and 19th century for its magnificent mansions, Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André and its expansive Musée des Beaux-Arts. Bordeaux is surrounded by thousands of vineyards, produce renowned wines, notably in the Saint-Émilion, Médoc and Sauternes areas.


DORDOGNE – Where the story began …

by Jane Berry on Sun 18 Oct 15

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Leggett Immobilier was formed, two decades ago, in a small office in the Dordogne. We chose this department because it offered a warm & sunny climate, a wonderful, rolling, landscape and (above all) properties that were full of character and affordable.

Over the years our practice has grown and we now have agents in all the most popular areas of France (and are looking for more) and you can view over 14,000 properties on this website.

The internet has radically changed the way that property is bought and sold in France.  The days of a local agent handing you a scrap of paper with a blurry photo and scarce details is long gone.  Browse our website and you will see that virtual tours are becoming increasingly prevalent.  Cadastral plans can be downloaded online and once you have visited a house with us then you can use Google Earth to take a tour of the neighbouring houses and surrounding towns and villages.

In the first three months of this year our site had almost 4,500,000 page views with visitors coming from all over the world.

This is all a far cry from the early days but you can rest assured that we remain a family business with our roots still firmly in the Dordogne.  Our head office in La Rochebeaucourt et Argentine may be larger but our commitment to quality of service stays the same!


DORDOGNE – Meet the Agent: Sally WEST

by Jane Berry on Fri 18 Sep 15

12868I have always been a Francophile and from an early age I spent wonderful holidays in France. I fulfilled my dream to actually live in this wonderful country several years ago. When our offspring reached the age when they were no longer dependent on us, my husband and I decided to search for a property which would become our home and double as a business. We were lucky to find a beautiful manor house in the Charente which we rent out in the summer season and in addition we offer chambres d’hotes. I am fortunate to be a fluent French speaker and having personal experience of buying and selling houses over the years and renovating as well, I am the ideal person to assist in helping individuals in their search for property in the Charente area. We were drawn to this particular region for several reasons; the countryside is stunning with its beautiful rolling landscape and perfect climate; moreover the area offers a wealth of wine, pineau and cognac together with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables providing gastronomic delights. I would be delighted to help you find your dream property whether for a holiday house or a permanent home.

My area …

I live in south Charente close to the market town of Chalais near to Aubeterre sur Dronne, voted one of the most beautiful villages of France. The area is certainly a most attractive place to set down roots or buy a holiday home and there seem to be countless hidden villages with some true gems of property ready to be snapped up. The climate here is just perfect – summer comes early and good weather extends well into October. In the winter the skies are often a bright blue and it is ideal weather for going on long walks in the rolling countryside; for the more active there is kayaking on nearby rivers, horse riding, fishing, golf …. We are lucky to be fairly close to the Dordogne border, Bordeaux, an elegant city with its airport and of course an important wine producing area, St Emilion, a quaint town so famous for its wonderful vintages and Cognac, for brandy and of course the aperitif pineau. What more could you ask? This corner of France seems to me to be heaven; in the summer there are fields of bright sunny sunflowers, ripening wheat and maize that cannot fail to please any visitor.

The Five Regions of Aquitaine

Whether you are a family with kids looking for holiday entertainment or a retired couple looking for peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings there is something for you in Aquitaine.

The best place to start is probably with the river Dordogne which meanders through the region. It actually rises in the peaks of the Auvergne, way to the east before cutting a dramatic swathe through the region and flowing into the Gironde estuary north of Bordeaux. The lifestyle, history and culture of the Dordogne valley attracts visitors from all over the world. The towns of Sarlat, Beynac, Bergerac, St Emilion and Bordeaux are particularly well known and you will find a variety of languages spoken in the bars and markets as tourists visit throughout the year. The river comes alive with canoeists, swimmers and pleasure cruisers vying for space in the summer months - the perfect holiday retreat.

But the Dordogne is not just about the river. It plays host to over 1,500 chateaux (castles) as well as the caves of Lascaux, famous for their Paleolithic cave paintings. It is well known that many British house buyers in particular have populated the department, attracted by the sunny climate, reasonable house prices and the beautiful scenery.

The neighbouring Gironde is the largest department in the whole of France and boasts Europe's longest beach, the Cote d'Argent which attracts surfers from all over the world. The Dune du Pyla in Arcachon Bay is the tallest sand dune in Europe - climb to the top and you tower over the pine forest behind you while enjoying sweeping views over the bay.

Of course, the Gironde also boasts some of the most wonderful wines in existence. Bordeaux reds are famous throughout the world and many people buy them as an investment. There are over 8,500 producers in Bordeaux and you will probably have heard of (or tasted) wines like Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour and Chateau Mouton-Rothschild.

The city of Bordeaux is on the World Heritage List and combines beautiful architecture with world class restaurants and first class shopping facilities.

The Landes department is famous for its beaches and, inland, the huge swathes of pine forests. It has a totally different feel to the Dordogne and contains many "undiscovered" towns and villages. Similarly, the neighbouring Lot et Garonne department has a totally different landscape - indeed it is named after the two rivers that flow through the department. It is sometimes called the "Tuscany of France" and has a totally unspoilt feel about it.

The Pyrenees Atlantique department stretches down to the Spanish border and the Basque influence plays a big part in the architecture, cuisine and culture of the region. Towns like Biarritz and Bayonne are famous for the quality of their beaches and surfing. Inland the towns and villages in the Pyrenees offer some of the finest walking and biking trails in France.

Wine and Dine

If great food and wine is what you are looking for then this is the region for you.

Let's kick off with the black Perigord Truffle which can be found in late Autumn and Winter. You will find that it dominates the local cuisine, enriching the flavour and offering tastebuds something unique in the world. They sell for around €1,000 a kilo in the local farmers markets and retail for around four times this price. They are used in soups, sauces, patés and with meats. Foie Gras too plays a big part in most local cuisines and can be seen on most menus, usually as a starter. Food in this region is often cooked in goose fat, giving the dish its own distinctive taste. Walnut oil is a common salad dressing.

There are 120,630 hectares of vineyards in Bordeax (more than the whole of Australia), almost all of which produces wine of Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) quality, making it the largest producer of this qulaity wine in France. Bordeaux is regarded as the world capital of wine and is famous for producing fine wines for many centuries. It is renowned for deep, velvety reds, elegant dry whites and deliciously sweet dessert wines.

The other departments in Aquitaine boast some fine local wines too and it's clear that this region holds an attraction that simply can't be matched by any other in France.

Bayonne ham is also renowned for its quality - it is usually cured for 9-10 months before being sold and will keep for another year after this.

Something for everyone . . .

The river rises from a height of 1,885m in the mountains of the Auvergne. It flows westward for around 500 km before flowing into the Gironde estuary.
The upper valley of the Dordogne consists of a series of deep gorges. The cliffs, steep river banks, fast flowing water and beautiful bridges attract both walkers and those simply looking for a scenic drive. In several places the river is dammed to form long, deep lakes. Camp sites and holiday homes can be found wherever the valley floor is wide enough to accommodate them.

Below Argentat and around Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, the river valley widens to allow fertile farmland, well-watered pasture and many orchards.

In the towns (which are themselves major tourist attractions because of their history and architecture) the quaysides are lined with pretty restaurants and lively bars.

In Prigord, the river valley widens to take in one of France's most famous gastronomic regions, dominated by vineyards, poultry farms and truffle-rich woodlands.

The main tourist season along the river valley is from June to September with July and August being particularly packed with tourists. The small, local, roads can become incredibly busy and log-jammed. The lifestyle and culture of the Dordogne valley attracts visitors from all over France and, indeed, from all over the world

Easy Access

When looking to buy a house in France the famous saying of "location, location, location" is just as applicable as it is elsewhere in the world.

You will find that Aquitaine is brilliantly situated with great links to the rest of France and beyond.

The international airport in Bordeaux is supplemented by airports in Bergerac, Biarritz and Pau.

You'll find TGV stops with connections to the Eurostar in Lille & Paris and the motorway network is easily accessed through the legendary Autoroute d'Aquitaine.

To find a full list of TGV destinations and timetables visit the website here - SNCF.

How we can help you

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Buying a house in Aquitaine could prove the most enjoyable investment you ever make – but a different language, laws and buying process can be quite daunting. We have been helping clients through this process for two decades now and have an unrivalled reputation for friendliness and quality of service. All of our agents are bilingual and live in one of the five beautiful departments within the region. They will help you find the most suitable property and will even help sort out your broadband and all utilities. On top of this our central sales support team will guide you through all the documentation and legal process.

Leggett Immobilier