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Loire Valley Properties of the Week

  • €493,500

    latest addition in GARGILESSE Indre

    Indre

  • €162,000

    latest addition in Aigurande Indre

    Indre

  • €101,200

    latest addition in Mouhet Indre

    Indre

  • €1,640,000

    latest addition in Montrichard Loir_et_Cher

    Loir et Cher

  • €71,500

    latest addition in Preuilly-su-claise Indre_et_Loire

    Indre et Loire

  • €294,250

    latest addition in Marçay Indre_et_Loire

    Indre et Loire

  • €540,600

    latest addition in Luant Indre

    Indre

  • €239,750

    latest addition in St Benoit du Sault Indre

    Indre

  • €267,500

    latest addition in  Indre

    Indre

  • €164,999

    latest addition in Crevant Indre

    Indre

  • €140,004

    latest addition in Perassay Indre

    Indre

  • €164,999

    latest addition in Néret Indre

    Indre

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Experienced agents with houses for sale in all areas of Loire Valley

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.

Sebastien Martin-O'Driscoll
Sebastien Martin-O'Driscoll
Cheryl Hines
Cheryl Hines
Denise Long
Denise Long
Debra Bush
Debra Bush
Gayle Feasey
Gayle Feasey
Margaret Katherine Entwistle
Margaret Katherine Entwistle
Alan Fuller
Alan Fuller

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. We have a bilingual team in the Loire valley and we know the area and local property market intimately. We cover all six 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 Loire Valley blog


Grand prix de Tours 2012 – Lewis Hamilton eat your heart out!

by silang on Tue 19 Jun 12
The famous Grand Prix de Tours is being held on 22nd, 23rd and 24th June this year and whilst Lewis Hamilton may be busy elsewhere the competition is sure to be fierce.
Terry Thomas lookalikes descend on this historic town from all over Europe bringing their classic cars with them, indeed entrants come from as far afield as the USA.  The event celebrates the famous Grand Prix of 1923 and the town vibrates to the sound of owners starting, tuning and racing their classic cars.  Whether you are a driver, passenger or simply a spectator you will be thrilled, energised and entertained before taking time off to party in the bars and restaurants during this unique festival.

Don’t miss “Orleans Jazz” from 20-30th June 2012.

by silang on Tue 19 Jun 12

Can you imagine a better setting for a jazz festival than the medieval town of Chinon. The concerts are free and the town comes alive as people wander the streets listening to live music, soaking up the atmopsphere, admiring the architecture and perhaps even stopping for a glass of locally produced wine.  This year the festival runs from 1st to 3rd June and it’s not to be missed, it features jazz bands, a swing quartet, full blown orchestras and is headlined by Bruno Chevillon.

The six departments of the Loire valley (Centre).

The Centre region encompasses six departments and takes in the beautiful Loire valley, one of the most attractive and most visited areas of France. Indeed, the French government are being lobbied to change the name of the region from the inaccurate (and dull) "Centre" to the more evocative Val de Loire. Either way, there are six departments within the region:

Loir et Cher
The Loir et Cher region takes it name from the two rivers that flow through it, the Loir is not to be confused with the Loire which also flows through the department! The capital of the department is the pretty and historic town of Blois, famous for its grand chateau once occupied by King Louis XII. Blois is built upon two steep hills and the chateau dominates the town and is surrounded by winding and steep staircases with lovely views over the river valley. As well as the chateau of Blois this department has a host of other remarkable castles including the chateaux of Chambord, Chaumont and Cheverney.

Indre et Loire
The Indre et Loire is renowned throughout the world for the quantity and quality of its chateau. The capital of the department is Tours which is the largest city in the region and known as "Le jardin de France", it has a beautiful od city (vieux Tours) as well as two sumptious parks and, of course, a spectacular cathedral. Within a short drive you can visit some of the most famous chateaux in the world including Amboise, Chenonceau, Chinon, Loches and Tours itself.

Indre
Indre is a most attractive department with its capital in Chateauroux which sits comfortably on the river Indre 250km's south of Paris. The splendid old town of Chateauroux contains some delightful churches and the castle from which the city takes its name was built in the latter part of the 10th century. There are plenty of other fascinating places to visit in the Indre including two villages which have been awarded the "most beautiful villages in France" status - St Benoit du Sault (a medieval village perched above the river Portefeuille) and Gargilesse Dampierre (the Romanesque church and steep roofed houses attract painters from all over France).

Cher
The Cher is often overlooked because of the famous chateau hosted by its adjoining siblings but it has plenty to offer including some of the best value properties in the region. The capital of the department is Bourges which has an interesting history. The forces of Julius Caesar destroyed the original city in 52BC killing all but 800 of the inhabitants. The city was then rebuilt by the Romans including a monumental gate, aquaduct and ampitheatre. The cathedral was started in the 12th century and is now a world heritage site. Other places to visit in Cher are the farming town of Saint Amand Montrond (noted for its goldsmiths and jewellers) and Vierzon (with a delightful 12th century church).

Eure et Loir
Eure et Loir is one of the original departments created during the French revolution in 1790 and is named after the two rivers that flow through the countryside. The Prefecture is in Chartres which is just 96km's south west of Paris. Chartres is built on the left bank of the Eure river. The city was bombed heavily during the second world war but fortunately the beautiful gothic, medieval cathedral survived intact and is now a UNESCO world heritage site. The department does not just rely on agriculture for its economy and proudly hosts "cosmetic valley" around Chartres as well as leading the way in the pursuit of renewable energy in France.

Loiret
The Loiret river is a tributary of the famous river Loire and boasts the city of Orleans as its capital. Tourists visit Orleans from all over the world and New Orleans in the USA derived its name from this beautiful city. Orleans is located on a bend in the river Loire and five bridges span the river in the town centre. There are eight parks in the town (including a botanic gardens) six museums including Joan of Arc's house and, of course, the cathedral. The university of Orleans is well regarded and has produced some of the finest lawyers in France. The second largest commune in Loiret is to be found in the town of Montargis which is sometimes called the "Venice of the Gatinais" due to the numerous canals and bridges that give the medieval town plenty of charm.

House prices in the Loire valley - know your market!

The Loire valley has some of the most affordable housing in France but there is a big differential between areas. The region as a whole has an average price of €149,000 with the cheapest housing to be found in Indre and prime prices to be found in Indre et Loire. Indeed the regional figure should probably be discounted as it's better to look at each department individually.

Loir et Cher has an average price of €124,200 with a premium to be paid in the sector around Blois. In 2010/11 prices rose by 1.1%
Indre et Loire has the highest average price in the region at €175,500 due to the influence of Tours, prices rose by 6.6% in 2010/11.
Indre has the lowest average price in the region, nearly half those in Indre et Loire, at €95,000 with lowest prices in the sector around Issoudun. In 2010/11 prices rose by 0.9%.
Cher has an average price of €108,000 with a premium to be paid around Bourges, prices in the department rose by 4.5% in 2010/11.
Eure et Loir has an average price of €160,000 with a premium paid around Chartres, prices rose by 5.3% in 2010/11.
Loiret has an average price of €165,000 rising as you get nearer to Orleans. Prices rose by 3.6% in 2010/11.

The Most Beautiful Chateaux and Villages in France.

The Loire valley attracts tourists from around the world who come to enjoy the food, sunshine and, above all, the chateaux. This link lists 19 chateaux to visit in the region from which we have chosen to highlight five

Amboise - built on a spur above the river Loire this strategically placed chateau was a royal favourite up to the 17th century.
Chenonceau - this manor house was built on the site of an old mill on the river Cher. A favourite with tourists because of the historical bedrooms, gallery, guards room and chapel the grounds are spectacular and immaculately presented.
Chinon - this castle is built on a rocky outcrop looking over the river Vienne giving natural defences on three sides. It hosts a museum and underwent a €14.5m renovation a few years ago.
Loches - The Chateau de Loches was built in the 9th century 500m above the Indre river. Famous for its huge, square, keep it dominates the landscape and was built by Henry II and his son, Richard the Lionheart.
Tours - built in the 11th century the castle now hosts contemporary exhibitions of paintings and photographs as well as a small museum.

Plenty to see and do in this delightful region

Once you have had your fill of visiting chateaux there are still plenty of things to see and do in the Loire valley.

This is a region teeming with some of the finest and most colourful markets in France. Daily markets are held in Tours with a particularly fine flower market on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the Boulevard Berenger. In the summer don't miss the "moonlight market" in Loches on the second Thursday in July & August which begins at 5pm and goes on until midnight. Indeed on selected Friday and Saturdays during the summer you will find night markets in Tours, Azay-le-Rideau, Bourgueil, Langeais and Chateau-le-Valliere.

The cathedral in Chartres is a "must see" or for something completely different why not try the "Parc Oriental de Maulevrier", these are immaculate Japanese gardens that look particularly effective at night. For a family with children you could try donkey trekking along the Loire valley, starting from La Boutiniere, the children are also likely to love the "La recreation" theme park in Tours with its water slide, go karts and other attractions.

Golfers are well catered for too with 20 courses to choose from in the region. In the Cher you should not miss the golf course in Bourges which was built in 1991. The Domaine du Vaugouard is another spectacular course near Montargis with tight fairways and wonderful views of the chateau. The "Golf de Limere" is an excellent test and has been voted the 7th best course in Europe - beware the 94 bunkers.

If you are feeling in an energetic mood then why not try canoeing down the Loire river or cycling some of the hundreds of km's of dedicated bike lanes and tracks.

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Buying a house in the Loire valley 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 six 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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