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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.
Our team in the Midi Pyrenees is all bilingual and we know the area and local property market intimately. We cover all eight 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.
In 1999, my now-husband & I arrived in Sarlat – a little bit dusty and weary, with no particular plan in mind – and we never left. I discovered a passion for properties – selling and renting them – and worked for a lovely local agent.
Life was good for many years, the market was buoyant, and we had a lot of fun in the Dordogne sun. Eventually we bought our forever home in Daglan, got married, and had two sons – family then became my main focus, as it has a habit of doing. The result, however, is that I have experienced many aspects of the French system first-hand, and can share that knowledge with you. After the boys became more independent, I happily returned to immobilier, and would love the opportunity to help you find your piece of paradise.
We also have a little cottage to rent, which would make the perfect short-, medium- or long-term stop for house-hunters – especially if you’re arriving a little bit dusty and weary………. My area covers the Périgord Noir and the Bouriane, as I’m very close to the border between the SE Dordogne and NW Lot. It stretches from Sarlat in the north, St Cyprien to the west, south to Villefranche du Périgord, and over to Gourdon in the east; that’s just a very rough approximation.
This is a beautiful region, packed with stunning scenery, breathtaking chateaux, golden stone villages and medieval towns, and deeply relevant history dating back to prehistoric man – not to mention the elegant Dordogne river, carving her way gently through it all. Despite having lived here for more than 16 years, I never tire of the sight that greets me as I go ’round the bend in the road…….. which road, you ask? Any road! The medieval town of Sarlat-la-Canéda and its surrounding villages have been described as the jewels in the Périgord Noir’s crown. They are certainly very attractive; each with its individual character, and all with bustling weekly markets. Not surprisingly, the area is very popular.
The climate is not too extreme – hot and sunny in the summer and mostly mild winters; the food is gastronomic and locally produced (ducks and geese must outnumber even the tourists around here); the people are friendly and welcoming; and the pace of life is relaxed. So if you’re looking for a permanent home, a holiday home, or an investment opportunity, and you think the Dordogne could be the place for you, then please contact me.
From September through to December, the Jurançon region parties ! exhibitions, poetry readings in the “chais”, concerts, théâtre… all organised around the wine-harvesting. During the second weekend of December there are even shuttle-buses laid on so you can do your wine-tasting without having to drink and drive !
The wine-growers on the « Route des Vins » in Jurançon open their doors to the public and invite you to join in with the festivities in the different towns and villages, accompanied by a glass or two of the local wines of course and other locally-produced foodstuffs.
LACOMMANDE : pretty little characterful village on the Compostella pilgrims’ routes. « La Maison des vins » is just opposite the « Commanderie », built in 1124. It’s the “hub” of the Jurançon wine-producing area where you can find lots of information about the different wines available, sweet or dry (more than 150 references) in the region and of course participate in a wine-tasting session !
There is also a great selection of other local products – foie gras, cheeses etc
Guided tour available : languages spoken : French and English
Open : April, May, June, September, October, November, December
Days/times : from Wednesday to Sunday 2pm – 6pm
Closed the 1st January, 1st May, 1st November and 25th DecemberGAN : the top tourist site in Béarn, 6th most visited company in France and leading producer of Jurançon, la Cave de Gan – Jurançon welcomes visitors free of charge all year round to initiate you to the fines wines of Jurançon and the Béarn region in general.
The guided visit will take you from the reception area to the semi-interred maturing cellar with its Gallo-Roman mosaics dating from the third and fourth centuries, through the wine-presses and fermentation tanks, finishing with, of course (!) a wine-tasting session accompanied by local produce.
AOC et AOP labelled wines : Béarn, Jurançon, Jurançon sec
The shop is open all year round from Monday to Saturday 8h to 12h30 and 13h30 à 19h, Sunday in summer from 9h30 to 12h30 and 14h30 à 18h. Guided visits every half-an-hour from 9h to 11h and 14h à 17h.
Languages spoken : French, English, Spanish
Villages on the « Route des Vins » of the Jurançon appellation are :
Abos, Arbus, Artiguelouve, Aubertin, Bosdarros, Cardesse, Cuqueron, Estialescq, Gan, Gélos, Haut de Bosdarros, Jurançon, Lacommande, Lahourcade, Laroin, Lasseube, Lasseubetat, Lucq de Béarn, Mazères-Lezons, Monein, Narcastet, Parbayse, Rontignon, Saint-Faust et Uzos.
On Tuesday 26 July the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, arrived in Pau airport by private jet. They were met by two English-registered Range Rovers and driven north to the Gers, to a destination near the department’s main town, Auch.
You too can holiday in the Gers like the royals – without needing a royal budget! This lovely 4-bedroom maison de maitre is in a quiet, secluded location yet is only a 10-minute drive to the town of Nogaro, home to the Circuit Paul Armagnac race track.
The world-renowned annual jazz festival takes place in Marciac between 29th July until 15th August. Headlining acts include Diana Krall, Lisa Simone, Jamie Cullum and Wynton Marsalis. There are always free concerts in the market square, lots of market stalls and a brilliant atmosphere. http://www.jazzinmarciac.com/
1) Climb the second highest peak in the French Pyrenees and stay in a refuge
2) Cycle the famous Tour de France Cols
3) Walk through waterfalls along the famous GR10 Trans Pyrenees Route
4) Trek with a horse and camp in the wild…watch out for Bears!
5) Join in the festivities of the numerous Summer Fetes and Night Markets
6) Visit the largest caves in Europe
7) Go duty free shopping in Andorra
8) Explore the Cathar Castles
9) Cool down with a swim in the Mountain Glacier Lakes
10) Kayak down ragging rivers after the snow melt
From May 13, 2016 to May 22, 2016
The Grand Prix de Pau will take place on 13, 14 and 15 May 2016.
During this weekend, motorsport fans will live the Formula 3 European Championship FIA and the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS. In addition to these two competitions, the audience will see Formula 4, the GT4, the Renault Twingo and Clio or Peugeot RCZ.
The “Grand Prix Historique” will be held on 21 and 22 May 2016.
Don’t miss it!
The Midi-Pyrénees is spread over eight departments. It’s impossible to cover all of the different property markets in this small blog, but the golden rule being that; rural property is cheaper, while property in, or close to big towns such as Toulouse, comes at a premium.
Three of the départments touch the Spanish border. The mountain properties offer terrific value to who like winter sports. There are also daunting climbs for the men and women who like to squeeze into lycra and follow in the footsteps of Bradley Wiggins and co !
Away from the mountains you’ll find this is a region with more than its fair share of ‘Les plus beaux villages de France’ so you’ll never be short of somewhere to go on a rainy day.
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Once again we can look forward to a wonderful Christmas Market held in Pau again this year, it starts on the 27th November and goes right through till the 5th January 2016 – so you have plenty of time to go and join in the festive fun, there is so much to enjoy: merry-go-round, rides in a “calèche” around the town, an enchanted garden for the children etc …
Don’t miss the ‘Poule au Pot’ festival, (chicken casseroles!). Being the birthplace of Henri IV (born in December), whose favourite dish was “poule au pot”, all the restaurants offer this traditional dish on their menus in December. Come and enjoy this classic dish in the beautiful Béarn region …
For a whole weekend, the winemakers of Madiran open their doors to the public. Spend two days with them discovering the wine making industry in a friendly and festive atmosphere.
The program for the weekend includes: guided tours, tastings, harvest fun, hiking in the vineyards, introductory workshops to wine tasting, markets selling regional products, musical events, art exhibitions, gourmet meals, food and wine and even theme nights and other activities … Don’t miss it!
For more information call: Maison des Vins de Madiran : 05 62 31 90 67
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Buying a house in the Midi Pyrenees 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. All of our agents are bilingual and live in one of the eight 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.
Many of our agents contribute to a blog about their areas. These blogs are a great place to find out what life in France is really like.