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Meet our Agents in Limousin

Houses and Property for sale in all areas of Limousin

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.

Claire Edwards
Claire Edwards
Colin Appleyard
Colin Appleyard
Kevin Andrews
Kevin Andrews
Elizabeth Day
Elizabeth Day
Stephen Nicol
Stephen Nicol
Sebastien Martin-O'Driscoll
Sebastien Martin-O'Driscoll
Cheryl Hines
Cheryl Hines
Helen Smith
Helen Smith
Michael Smith
Michael Smith
Fiona Marsh
Fiona Marsh
Mariska Smolders
Mariska Smolders
James Scott
James Scott
Debra Bush
Debra Bush
Michael Boucnik
Michael Boucnik
Michael Dunion
Michael Dunion
Margaret Katherine Entwistle
Margaret Katherine Entwistle
Alison Brettell
Alison Brettell
Julia Jones
Julia Jones
Les Bush
Les Bush
Matthew Pergolani
Matthew Pergolani
Ann Gorvett
Ann Gorvett
Lynn Elliott
Lynn Elliott
Nigel Snook and Jacqui Robson
Nigel Snook and Jacqui Robson
Diane Lockett
Diane Lockett
Jacqui Wood
Jacqui Wood
David Bilson
David Bilson
Colin Wilkinson
Colin Wilkinson
Ami Knight
Ami Knight
Andrew Ainscough
Andrew Ainscough
Regine Thywissen
Regine Thywissen
Jet De Heer
Jet De Heer
Anne Robert
Anne Robert
Serge Grafeuil
Serge Grafeuil

We have a bilingual team in the Limousin and we know the area and local property market intimately. We cover all three 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 ourChief Executive, Trevor Leggett – one of the most experienced and respectedproperty 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 Limousin blog


HAUTE VIENNE – meet new Leggett Agent David Bilson …

by Jane Berry on Tue 27 Dec 16

13284 My wife Diana and I moved to the Limousin from south London via a canal boat in Burton-on-Trent, in early 2014 and have never regretted making the move. I had worked for several years as a delivery driver and planned to retire to a quiet, gentle life in France.

We chose the Limousin, and Le Dorat in particular because the area is full of wonderful, lush, green countryside reminiscent of Devon and the west of England, with little rivers, streams and lakes all over the place. Having four distinct seasons (climate change notwithstanding) was important for us and we enjoy walking our rescued Siberian Husky in all weathers! But best laid plans of mice and men and all that, I now work for Leggett Immobilier and enjoy the challenge of matching properties with new owners.

The northern part of the Haute Vienne (département 87) is still very agricultural, think of the UK in the mid 1950s and you wouldn’t be too far from the reality of life in the Limousin. The capital of this region is Bellac, the sheep capital of France, where the farmers not only produce wonderful lamb, but the famous Limousin cattle are plentiful and provide great beef too.

Take a look through my portfolio of beautiful houses for sale in this region


CORREZE: A department full of surprises …

by Jane Berry on Sat 30 Apr 16

Driving through the beautiful Correze region this week, the countryside looked just breath-taking, the rolling fields of vivid green following a month of April showers and warm sunshine and the emerging leaves on the trees created a vivid haze across the woodlands – only to find, set back down a small country lane, glistening in the early morning mist, this exquisite 15th Century Château:

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Built in 1450 and sitting amongst 200 hectares, with its own farm, lakes, numerous outbuildings and a 1000m2 air-conditioned garage! – a little peek inside revealed the most beautiful, comfortable hunting lodge. Steeped in history, having survived centuries of wars and local battles, yet still, this lovely home, built by stone masons with extraordinary talent, revealed the most wonderful treasures inside …

Ch. Gren_13Roaring log fires, comfortable leather sofas and surrounded by wooden paneling and carved doorways that take your breath away. Leggett Prestige are delighted to be bringing this property to the market, very soon … Contact Juanita Franke for further details.


LIMOUSIN – the town of La Souterraine, “a hidden gem” …

by Jane Berry on Sat 19 Dec 15

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The Limousin is the least populated part of mainland France and where the glorious countryside seems to go on forever. If you’re looking for an antidote to modern day stress and urban living, then this is definitely the region for you.

Look for property in the Limousin and you’ll have a wide choice of styles to select from. You can choose to renovate an old building or move into a beautifully refurbished home where you just need to add furniture. Prices here are the lowest in France. It’s always a popular destination with overseas buyers.

“La Souterraine in the Creuse is a small town with a population of around 5,500. The name derives from ‘subterranean’ which refers to the crypt and underground parts of its beautiful 11th century church” says Cheryl Hines, who is a Leggett Agent in that area and has some lovely properties listed around La Souterraine, a town she regards as the ‘hidden gem of the limousin’.

View Cheryl’s selection of properties in the Creuse here …


LIMOUSIN – Meet Sophie-Mari Barnard, one of the Leggett Agents in this region

by Jane Berry on Thu 08 Oct 15

Sophie

I came to France in July 2009 with my husband who is a professional rugby player and our 18 month old son. I always wanted to learn french and live in France, but I never thought it would really happen. Coming from Cape Town in South Africa we love the sun, red wine and family values in France. Working for Leggett is more than just a job, it’s my passion! Finding people their dream houses is what I love doing!

We found our dream stone farmhouse in Ligneyrac, which is situated between Turenne and Collonges-la-Rouge, two of France’s officially listed most beautiful villages. It is situated south of Brive in the Limousin region of France where good food, wine and good company is practically a way of life. I would love to help you find your dream property in France too!

Take a look at Sophie’s property portfolio …

View all Limousin properties for sale here …


HAUTE VIENNE – 2 hours to the sea, 4 hours to the mountains …

by Jane Berry on Sun 23 Aug 15

 

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Leggett Agent Lauren Cook explains how she moved to France …

After years of holidaying in France, my parents decided that the best life for me and my little sister was in France. So in 2002 we fell in love with a rustic farmhouse to renovate in the town of Rochechouart. I started at the local school with extremely basic French language skills, however, being fully immersed allowed my French to develop at high speed and was fluent in a matter of months. After Secondary school I decided to follow my love of French cuisine to catering college where I trained to be a Silver Service waitress. This allowed me to find a job in a local gastronomic restaurant and then on to a bar restaurant in my hometown of Rochechouart.

To make the most of my younger years I decided to travel the world and what better way of doing that than working on a cruise ship! I worked in the dining room on Disney Cruise Lines for the best part of 2 years and visited places ranging from the Caribbean to Canada, passing through the Panama Canal on my way. Recently I have decided that I missed my life in Rochechouart but wanted a professional change. With my knowledge of the area and a natural ease in customer relations what better to do than to work for Leggett Immobilier helping you to fulfill your dreams.

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I live in Rochechouart a small town in the Haute Vienne department of the Limousin area, situated in the south west of France. Rochechouart is a pretty town with restaurants, bars and local shops such as bakers, butchers and hairdressers. You will also find interesting places to visit such as a Chateau, a Church with a crooked spire and a meteorite museum. The “Meteorite de Rochechouart” hit the region over 200 million years ago. Even though the crater is hardly visible today, there are many meteorite rocks left in the land. These rocks have been used over the years to build historical monuments like the Chassenon Roman baths and some of the houses in the region which bring a unique architectural detail to the buildings.

The Limousin is famous for the beautiful countryside, the local beef and plenty of activities such as fishing and golf. This area is one of the most rural parts of France, however there are plenty of small villages and the city of Limoges is never far. In Limoges you will find everything from clothes shops to Michelin star restaurants and the famous porcelain shops. Also the airport in Limoges has daily flights to the UK. You will never be without a marketplace to visit in this region ranging from local village markets to the town market halls selling everything from homegrown food to handmade crafts. Being in a central position, the Limousin is within a 2 hour journey to the sea or to the mountains and only 4 hours to the famous capital of France, Paris or to the Spanish border. To sum up, everything you need is in reach.


LIMOUSIN – France’s tranquil ‘Lake Region’ …

by Jane Berry on Sun 09 Aug 15

Limousin occupies the north western part of the Massif Central, it is one of the smallest regions in France, and the one with the lowest population. The name derives from the regional capital, Limoges, and in one form or another has been taken worldwide to describe a type of motor car, and a famous breed of beef cattle. The cattle originate from this region, the cars do not!

Once a Roman city, Limoges, capital of the Limousin, lies on the river Vienne and on the main route between Paris and Toulouse. It  has always been a major centre, of this relatively sparsely populated region. In the Middle Ages, it was renowned as a centre of arts and culture. In the nineteenth century, it became famed throughout Europe, and beyond, for its porcelain; indeed the city became rich with its porcelain industry, and much of the city centre dates from this period. Limoges has a large historic quarter, with narrow streets and many fine half-timbered houses.

Apart from the Limoges area, which has half of the region’s population, Limousin is synonymous with rurality, ‘deepest France’, being one the least densely populated areas of France. Rural Limousin is a land of deciduous woods and fields in the west and northwest, of sheep grazing land in the north, and an upland area of spruce forests and grazing land on the Plateau de Millevaches (the plateau of the thousand springs) hence there are many beautiful lakes scatter across the countryside. Leggetts has many beautiful properties for sale in this region,


Brive Plage festival – 20th July to 4th August

by silang on Tue 19 Jun 12

The famous Brive Plage festival is taking place between 20th July and 4th August this year, headline acts include Charlie Winston and Julien Doré.  This is usually a family festival not to be missed with sports, games, concerts and plenty of childrens activities. Go to www.brive-plage.com to see the full line up – adult tickets are €28 or you can get a 2 day pass for €44 or a 3 day pass for €66, entrance is free for children under eight.


Don’t miss the Urbaka festival in Limoges (27th June – 30th June)

by silang on Tue 19 Jun 12
Every summer the streets of Limoges come alive for the four day Urbaka festival, this truly is street art at its best and if you are in the Limousin this summer then definitely put the dates in your diary now.
You’ll find a combination of live music, juggling, acrobatics and off the wall art projects as the town takes on a completely different character.  This year the festival is running from Wednesday 23rd June to Saturday 30th and events are free, some of the best displays are as darkness falls but there are plenty of bars and restaurants to keep your energy levels high.  You can see full details at www.urbaka.com but make sure you get there early as over 200,000 spectators are welcomed to the festival by the 200 different artists.

The three departments of the Limousin.

The Limousin is probably the most rural region of France with an overall population less than Marseilles. It is famed for some of the best beef farming in the world and the distinctive Limousin cattle can be seen throughout the region. It is made up of three very different departments:



Correze

The department is named after the pretty, meandering river Correze. The Prefecture is based in the city of Tulle which is predominantly known for having French President, Francois Hollande as its Mayor between 2001-2008, however the real driving force of the Correze economy is the town of Brive la Gaillarde. This is by far the biggest town in the department and the medieval centre is packed with shops, cafés and restaurants. The famous Pont Cardinal is a bridge, outside the city centre, that used to act as an important link between Paris and Toulouse. Brive is a rugby town with a long history and an excellent team, French scrum half Dimitri Yachvili was born there.



Creuse

The rural Creuse department is dominated by the Massif Central mountain range and has rolling hills and steep valleys down to the river Creuse itself. Most of the farming is beef cattle and you will see a mix of Charolais and Limousin herds. There are no real urban centres in the department which has become a "green tourism" destination. There is little pollution here with plenty of forests throughout the department containing oak, ash, chestnut and hazel trees - this means that it has become a popular "second home" destination for international purchasers seeking to escape modern urban life. House prices in the Creuse are the lowest in the region and amongst the lowest in the country.



Haute-Vienne

The Haute-Vienne department is renowned for one thing - being the home of Limoges and the most famous porcelain in the world. There is, of course, much more to the city of Limoges (and the Haute-Vienne itself), Limoges was founded by the Romans in around 10 BC and was called Augustoritum. The Abbey of St Martial was razed at the beginning of the 19th century but was founded as a monastery in 848 AD. Limoges is the driving force behind the economy of the Limousin and the airport on the outskirts of Limoges is an important access points for the thousands of tourists and holiday home owners.

House prices in the Limousin - know your market!

The Limousin has some of the most affordable housing in France but there is a big differential between areas. The average price in the region is ?114,200 (for an "old" house) and 2010/11 saw a rise of 6.3% - however these figures are affected by prices in and around Limoges and Brives la Gaillarde. For a more accurate picture we have to look at departmental prices:



Correze - average price is ?122,000 with a big premium paid around Brive. Lowest prices in the department are to be found around Ussel where the average price is ?85,000. Prices rose by 6.4% across the department in 2010/11.

Creuse - average price is just ?77,300 with the lowest prices in the sector around Aubusson. Prices rose by 6.3% in 2010/11.

Haute-Vienne - average price is ?127,000 and the highest house prices in the whole region are to be found in the secor around Limoges at ?134,000. 2010/11 saw prices rise by 6.3%.

Fishing to the worlds finest porcelain

The Limousin may well be one of the most rural regions in France but there are still plenty of activities to be enjoyed.



Of course first stop should be to visit Limoges, enjoy the hospitality of some first class restaurants, cafés and bars and maybe even buy some of the local porcelain. There is plenty more to the city centre though with theatres, cinemas, museums, parks and all of the major shops.



One of the museums is devoted to the trials and tribulations of the French resistance and many tourists find themselves drawn to the ruined village of Oradour sur Glane. On June 10th 1944 the village was destroyed and 644 inhabitants massacred by the German SS. A new village was built nearby but the original was preserved as a memorial and attracts visitors from all over the world who come to pay their respects.



The Eglise St Michel des Lions and Cathedral St Etienne, in the city centre are both worth visiting as is the small but excellent municipal museum.



If you have an equestrian bent then a visit to Pompadour is a must. It is home to the French national stud and the principal breeding centre for anglo-arabian horses, it also has an excellent racecourse (hippodrome).



There are numerous specialist fisheries in the Limousin (which is known as the land of a thousand lakes) as well as excellent fishing in the rivers which host carp, pike, perch and zander. The Haute Vienne alone has over 190 hectares of category 1 lakes and 1,800 hectares of category 2.



Golfers can enjoy ten different courses in the Limousin the most famous of which is Golf de la Porcelaine (on the outskirts of Limoges). Carved out of a 75 hectare estate it is a challenging course with plenty of trees, ponds, streams and bunkers to test even the best of golfers. Further north and east Golf de Saint Junien is another treat. The magnificent clubhouse is set in 200 hectares of wooded land and at 5165 metres the course is not too challenging for a holiday round. Only 5 minutes from the centre of Brive the pretty course at Brive Planchetorte is more testing with plenty of ancient trees ready to knock your ball into the stream that winds through 13 of the holes!

Local markets

Being such a rural region definitely has its advantages when it comes to the quality of air, soil and general conditions for agriculture. The markets of Limousin reflect this and are bursting with colour, sound and flavours.



Of course the local beef is renowned throughout the world (indeed it is exported to over 70 different countries) and the Limousin and Charolais cattle are regarded with reverence, however the lamb and pork (from the cul noir, black bottomed, pigs) are almost as well regarded.



If you like strolling round local markets then some of the best are:



Correze - Brive la Gaillarde & Tulle both have a daily market, open in the mornings. You might also like to try the markets in Objat or Uzerche or even the town fair in Allasac which is on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month.

Creuse - Aubusson has a daily market (in the place du marché fittingly) or you could try the daily market in Bourganeuf or the pretty Friday market in Felletin.

Haute-Vienne - there are plenty to choose from here. How about the general morning markets in Limoges at Le Vigenal and Place Marceau or the morning food market in Rochechouart. There is a fair on the last Saturday of each month at St Germain les Belles or on the second Sunday of each month at Chateauneuf la Foret.



You should definitely look out for Clafouti cake (made with local cherries) or the refined violet mustard, both of which are popular in the region. You will also see plenty of apples and chestnuts in the markets, both of which are grown locally in abundance.



The bi-weekly or monthly fairs are usually bigger than the markets and have miscellaneous stalls as well as those selling food and drink. Look out for clothes, farm equipment, tools, live animals and plenty of other things to keep you entertained while taking your morning coffee with the locals.

How we can help you

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Buying a house in the Limousin could prove the most rewarding and 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. We have a bilingual team and all of our agents live in one of the three 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.



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