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Loire Valley Properties of the Week

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    latest addition in Authon du Perche Eure_et_Loir

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    latest addition in  Indre

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    latest addition in  Cher

    Cher

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    latest addition in  Cher

    Cher

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    Indre et Loire

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    Indre et Loire

Meet our Agents in Loire Valley

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.

Effie Iorsch
Effie Iorsch
Sebastien Martin-O'Driscoll
Sebastien Martin-O'Driscoll
Cheryl Hines
Cheryl Hines
Denise Long
Denise Long
Debra Bush
Debra Bush
Jo Holton
Jo Holton
Margaret Katherine Entwistle
Margaret Katherine Entwistle
Alan Fuller
Alan Fuller
Les Bush
Les Bush
Nicola Bobeldijk
Nicola Bobeldijk
Paula Brownlee
Paula Brownlee
Ann Gorvett
Ann Gorvett
Charlotte Field
Charlotte Field

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


LOIRE VALLEY – messing about on the river …

by Jane Berry on Mon 24 Aug 15

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Mole wasn’t wrong – there’s nothing like it on a summer’s day !

The Loire Valley of course takes its name from the majestic Loire river which meanders its way 600 miles from the Masssif Central to the Atlantic at St Nazaire. The central section of the Loire is dotted with castles and beautiful parks to visit, which earned it UNESCO World Heritage acclaim. However the Loire Valley also benefits from its tributaries, the Vienne, Indre and Cher ; much smaller rivers with less current and less traffic which make them ideal for family boating, fishing, canoeing, and paddling in the shallow bits !

The Loire à Vélo is a very well known cycling route which provides thousands of tourists every year with unforgettable holiday memories – unspoilt views, breathtaking châteaux and winding paths along the river banks. Boat rides in the traditional ‘Barques’ of the Loire are available every day in tourist season at Chinon, Candes St Martin, the confluence of the Loire and Vienne, and Montsoreau. The antiques markets or ‘brocantes’ run alongside the Loire at Montsoreau and the Vienne at Chinon every month. Or why not take to the air in a hot air balloon ride to really appreciate that bird’s eye view ?

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LOIRE VALLEY – Cycling the Loire Valley Route …

by Jane Berry on Fri 21 Aug 15

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A regular blog of life in the Loire Valley by Leggett Agent, Denise Long

THE LOIRE VALLEY ROUTE

The initiative to create this route sprung into life to link a series of bike routes, mainly dedicated to this ecological and healthy two wheel form of transport.

The Loire Valley Route is in total 800kms and runs from St Nazaire on the west coast of France to Cuffy in the Alliers department 03. This Loire route is part of ‘eurovelo 6’ (ev6) also known as ‘The Rivers Route’, and runs for a total of 3653 kms, from St Nazaire through to Constanta on the Black Sea. It travels along much of the Loire, some of Soâne, a little of the Rhine and almost all of the Danube. 800,000 people take to the Loire valley route each year! WOW!

EQUIPMENT AND LEVEL OF FITNESS – NO EXCUSE!

Bike – bring your own or rent at various outlets, website addresses at bottom. The aim of the cycle routes are to guarantee no vicious hills and if inevitable there is an alternative suggested (hopefully with a pub diversion!).

So we have talked about this for months, we can join the route about 50m from our house in Saint Radegonde in Tours. Gareth had prepared the equipment like we were about to ascent the north face of the Eiger. The bikes had been in the workshop for weeks undergoing last minute tests, I had new tyres, brakes checked, and there were no more excuses left. So the day arrived and I got ready to go. Shorts, trainers, bike helmet, bike. Gareth got ready to go, cycling shorts with padded inserts, sports t-shirt, bike helmet, cycling gloves, a back pack with a change of clothes, litres of sun block. He proceeded to undress outside the back door and lather himself up with a gallon of sun block, if the sun wasn’t to kill him chemical poison surely would. I was worried!

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Leaving the house without eating, the idea was first stop would be before leaving Tours to have a croissant and coffee in a bar, but forgetting it was August and all trade was suspended until September we had to press on.

The route we were taking was Tours to Amboise, Gareth told me that at 17kms it would be a good beginner’s distance. The actual route is like a wide footpath which is really well signposted, and well looked after. Leaving Tours we thought it was going to be a bit crowded as there was a flood of cyclists leaving the city. What amazed me from the start was the shared camaraderie, the majority of people smiled and blurted out a singsong ‘bonjour’, the atmosphere was wonderful, as was the scenery.

Going east from Tours, forget the beach, we have sand along the side of the Loire littered with families bathing and picnicking along the sides of the river. The traditional wooden boats ‘toue cabanée litters the river sides. The Loire is described as Royal, mighty, impressive, and it is all that, Gareth has just told me it is the last untamed river in Europe, hoorah for Wikipedia! On the far side of the river at intervals there are troglodyte houses in the rocks but that deserves a blog entry all to themselves.

The first notable stop was a popular local picnicking and bathing spot for families called ile de la Metairie, and then the open air swimming pool on the outskirts of Montlouis, which I passed at an impressive speed because by this time I still had not managed to find breakfast. From here we pressed on to Montlouis Sur Loire, which is a really picturesque traditional village with quite a few viewpoints looking out over the river. We found a croissant shop, of which we got the last two remaining croissants and was one of the best examples I ever tasted. The eating experience didn’t take place until we reached a nice spot to sit down under the shade of a tree. The first leg of this stage of the Loire route was proving to be better than I had dared hope it would be. The hills are gentle and fun, the straights are fast and the views are spectacular. We travelled quite a few kilometers through vineyards, I forgot to add that by this time I had been made acutely aware that Amboise was in fact another 15kms from Montlouis, Gareth’s mathematical ability had spectacularly failed him or was he resorting to my tactics to getting what he wants, um!?

After Montlouis we went on to the village Lussault sur Loire, where we were amazed to pass an aquarium, a day out for another occasion. It took us 2.5 hours to reach Amboise, which introduced itself with the extensive Sunday morning market along the banks of the river, riding along the riverside the cruel finale to our by this time 30km cycle was a section of cobbled pathway which after this amount of time on a slightly padded knife edge felt like the rumble strip from hell.

The château at Amboise ambled into view, a breathtaking vision of 15th century medieval architecture, but my prize was a hot chocolate in the café Bigot opposite the chateau, calories don’t matter sometimes, and I think I had earned it after my first ordeal along the Loire valley route, I felt no guilt.

So how did we get home? The train is specially equipped for the cyclists on the route, so for 12 euros between us we got the train back to Tours. When I found out it was only going to take 19 minutes I felt that was the final straw, surely all that effort deserved a longer train ride back to base!

Going forward, there is another stage of the journey to be done this week, but I will tell you about that in the next instalment. For further information on the cycle route: http://www.cycling-loire.com/

Info on:
Markets etc: http://www.experienceloire.com/amboise-market.htm
Aquarium: http://www.touraineloirevalley.com/dormir-manger-sortir/activites/grand-aquarium-de-touraine-amboise
Chocolate shop, Amboise: http://www.maisonbigot-amboise.com/


LOIRE VALLEY – I love the Loire …

by Jane Berry on Fri 21 Aug 15

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A regular blog of life in the Loire Valley by Leggett Agent, Denise Long

I LOVE THE LOIRE ! … There you go in a nutshell, this is one of the most interesting and vibrant places that I have lived, and I am quite the nomad. So, I feel somewhat qualified to try and convey to you my enthusiasm for this location for a full and satisfying life.

A quick synopsis of my life thus far, commenced in Northern Ireland, from there to London, then Leeds, back to Northern Ireland. Seven years later and off again, this time to Lyon in France, after this it was a couple of locations in Scotland, then back to Lyon, over to Poitou-Charente and now Tours in the Touraine.

What I have been looking for is a life where I can enjoy the ‘French way of life’ but still benefit from a life full of experiences and also have opportunities of work. This is quite difficult to find in rural France, and I always felt that there was more to be seen and experience, that I didn’t think existed in a quiet, sleepy backwater. Where I lived in Poitou-Charente was a typical traditional French village, but my children and I have always hankered after somewhere to walk after dark to have a drink in a bar, to go to the cinema on foot, eat in a different restaurant every night. This I have found in Tours, it is full of culture and fun but at the same time with warmth and friendliness that has truly taken me by surprise. There is a fête every weekend and markets and brocantes every day of the week, but I am not here to convince everyone to move to the city, but to the Loire valley as a whole. When the rest of rural France drifts into the winter lethargy and grey weather, the Loire lives on with plenty to do, something to suit everyone.

The first myth I need to dispel is the climate. I lived in Poitou-Charente for 10 years and the climate in the Loire valley, which is about an hour north on the A10 from Poitiers, is on average about 2 degrees less, but sometimes it is hotter. To really see a significantly hotter climate you would need to travel another 3 hours south of Tours, to perhaps Angouleme and further.

My experiences living in France has lead me to the conclusion that you need to have lots to do, beautiful views and summer sun isn’t enough. To do my part in converting the international buying public to a stimulating life in the Loire, I have decided to cycle the Loire Valley route. Not in one go as it would kill me, but in manageable chunks. And not on my own, enter my able and fabulous co-conspirator Gareth, who in fact is my unfortunate life partner.

To be continued …


LOIRE VALLEY – Fabulous Fresh Food …

by Jane Berry on Sun 09 Aug 15

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The weekly markets in most towns in France are the theatre of everyday life, where people take time to stop for a chat and exchange pleasantries whilst smelling the fruit for perfect ripeness, choosing the ultimate cheese to follow lunch, and getting recipe tips from the fishmonger for his catch.  Yes, food is a serious business, and the queues at the best stands speak volumes.

Here in the Loire Valley we are spoilt for choice when the markets set up: fresh river fish, poires et pommes tapées – a local dried fruit speciality, the most amazing selection of goats cheeses, not forgetting the stunning wines of the area.  You’ll also find a great selection of plants, herbs and spices, pottery and tableware in amongst the clothes, soaps and toys…

The markets to head for in the area are Langeais (Sunday), Bourgueil (Tuesday), Chinon (Thursday), Richelieu (Friday) and Saumur (Saturday). Bon appétit !

Charlotte Field.

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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

Indre et Loire has the highest average price in the region at €175,500.
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.
Cher has an average price of €108,000 with a premium to be paid around Bourges.
Eure et Loir has an average price of €160,000 with a premium paid around Chartres.
Loiret has an average price of €165,000 rising as you get nearer to Orleans.

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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