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Midi Pyrenees Properties of the Week

  • €945,000

    latest addition in SOREZE Tarn

    Tarn

  • €380,000

    latest addition in Lannemezan Haute_Garonne

    Haute Garonne

  • €183,600

    latest addition in Castera-verduzan Gers

    Gers

  • €299,000

    latest addition in Nogaro Gers

    Gers

  • €695,000

    latest addition in  Lot

    Lot

  • €235,400

    latest addition in  Tarn_et_Garonne

    Tarn et Garonne

  • €88,000

    latest addition in  Lot

    Lot

  • €895,000

    latest addition in Gazaupouy Gers

    Gers

  • €93,500

    latest addition in La Bastide de Sérou Ariege

    Ariege

  • €742,000

    latest addition in  Tarn

    Tarn

  • €299,900

    latest addition in Montclera Lot

    Lot

  • €232,000

    latest addition in Fougax et Barrineuf Ariege

    Ariege

  • €267,500

    latest addition in Bagneres de Bigorre Hautes_Pyrenees

    Hautes Pyrenees

  • €378,000

    latest addition in  Tarn

    Tarn

  • €499,000

    latest addition in Samatan Gers

    Gers

  • €283,550

    latest addition in Cazaubon Gers

    Gers

  • €395,000

    latest addition in  Lot

    Lot

  • €270,000

    latest addition in LE VIGAN Lot

    Lot

  • €199,000

    latest addition in CANIAC DU CAUSSE Lot

    Lot

  • €749,000

    latest addition in  Tarn_et_Garonne

    Tarn et Garonne

  • €763,200

    latest addition in CONQUES Aveyron

    Aveyron

  • €235,400

    latest addition in  Ariege

    Ariege

  • €267,500

    latest addition in  Tarn_et_Garonne

    Tarn et Garonne

  • €472,500

    latest addition in  Lot

    Lot

Meet our Agents in Midi Pyrenees

Experienced agents with houses for sale in all areas of Midi Pyrenees

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.

Philippe Colombu
Philippe Colombu
Yvonne Russell
Yvonne Russell
Anna Sirinides
Anna Sirinides
Jane Vernon
Jane Vernon
Julia Grange
Julia Grange
Peter Hindmarsh
Peter Hindmarsh
Liz Gardiner
Liz Gardiner
Natasja Kovacs
Natasja Kovacs
Christopher Smith
Christopher Smith
Ludovic Hanks
Ludovic Hanks
Caroline Hubbard
Caroline Hubbard
Kym Williams
Kym Williams
Annie Vaz
Annie Vaz
Florence Lenfant
Florence Lenfant
Clive Fowler
Clive Fowler
Carole McGregor
Carole McGregor
Juliette Bailey
Juliette Bailey
Nigel Porter
Nigel Porter
Valerie Perraut
Valerie Perraut
Juliet Browning
Juliet Browning
Colin Shand
Colin Shand
Helene Roussali
Helene Roussali
Simon Hampton
Simon Hampton
Jacqueline Nicholls
Jacqueline Nicholls
Danielle Bonnier
Danielle Bonnier
Jolanda Bokenfeld
Jolanda Bokenfeld
Janet Hearsey
Janet Hearsey
Valerie Marriott
Valerie Marriott
Lorna Robson
Lorna Robson
Barbara O'Rourke
Barbara O'Rourke
David Smith
David Smith
Anne Magnes
Anne Magnes
Oscar Endtz
Oscar Endtz
Marion Autrum
Marion Autrum
Graham Preston
Graham Preston
Brendan Quinn
Brendan Quinn
Jean Bernard Courbin
Jean Bernard Courbin

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.

Latest Articles from our dedicated Midi Pyrenees blog


PERIGORD NOIR – Meet Leggett Agent Juliette Bailey …

by Jane Berry on Fri 06 Jan 17

julietteIn 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.


JURANÇON – Where to taste Jurançon wines?

by Jane Berry on Fri 16 Sep 16

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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.


Gers – holiday destination for the royal family!

by Julia Grange on Sun 31 Jul 16

Kate and George

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.

Gers-house for sale

http://www.frenchestateagents.com/french-property-for-sale/view/63970GJ32


Summer Jazz in Marciac

by Julia Grange on Thu 07 Jul 16

Jazz in Maricac
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/


MIDI-PYRENEES: Top 10 things to do in the Ariege this summer …

by Jane Berry on Sun 26 Jun 16

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Well, apart from sitting in a flower filled meadow and doing absolutely nothing! you could also….

 

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

 

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MIDI-PYRÉNEES: Le Grand Prix de Pau …

by Jane Berry on Mon 18 Apr 16

GRAND PRIX DE PAU 2015

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!


MIDI-PYRÉNEES – ski in the beautiful Pyrenees mountains …

by Jane Berry on Sat 19 Dec 15

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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.

Click  here for properties on sale in this region …


MIDI-PYRENEES – Christmas Market in Pau

by Jane Berry on Mon 30 Nov 15

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 …

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MIDI-PYRENEES – A Winter warmer in the Bearn region.

by Jane Berry on Mon 30 Nov 15

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 …

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HAUTES PYRÉNEES – Enjoy 2 ‘open days’ in the Madiran wineries

by Jane Berry on Sun 08 Nov 15

dyk.190813.04 21st and 22nd November 2015 in Madiran (65)

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

The eight departments in the Midi Pyrenees.

The Midi Pyrenees is the largest region in France with a total area of over 45,000 km2. The metropolitan area around Toulouse is densely populated but parts of the region are remote with the lowest areas averaging just 12 inhabitants per square kilometre. The region is made up of eight departments ranging from the northern limits which border the Dordogne & Correze to the southern limits which border Spain.

Ariege
The Ariege takes after the river of the same name and has the medieval town of Foix as its capital. The Pyrenees mountains form a fantastic backdrop to this beautiful department and it is one of the least populated and most unspoilt areas of France. There are a number of fresh water lakes which make it perfect for fishing, canoeing, sailboarding or simply having a picnic. The mountains offer terrific skiing, snow boarding, hiking and biking.

Aveyron
The Aveyron is one of the original departments created during the French revolution in 1790, its administrative capital is the ancient and historic town of Rodez. The department is famous for the quality and beauty of the cathedrals, castles and monasteries - the abbey in Conques sits astride one of the most beautiful villages in Europe. The Millau bridge is the tallest in the world and attracts visitors throughout the year - it is truly a stunning piece of architecture.

Gers
The Gers is another department named after the river that flows through it. The capital, Auch, is named after the tribe that lived there before the Romans came in 50BC and the cathedral in the city centre is a sight to behold. This is an agricultural department, famous for Armagnac which is the oldest brandy distilled in France. Other specialities include foie gras and the wines produced from the famous Cotes de Gascogne vineyards.

Haute-Garonne
The Haute-Garonne is home to the vibrant and important city of Toulouse, home of the European airspace industry. As such the city has a growing population (over 1m in the greater area) and a business district that drives the regional economy. It also boasts one of the most prestigious and popular universities in France. Outside its capital the Haute-Garonne also boasts four ski resorts and some beautiful countryside.

Hautes-Pyrenees
The Hautes-Pyrenees is composed of several distinct geographical areas. The southern part borders Spain and is mountainous while the northern territory is flatland and agricultural. The capital of the department is Tarbes which is second only to Toulouse in size within the region. The Pic du Midi mountain is home to a world famous observatory which dates back to 1908. The area boasts some famous ski resorts as well as the mythical Col du Tourmalet which is a near permanent fixture on the Tour de France route.

Lot
This department is named after the beautiful river Lot and boasts a large number of pretty and historic villages. The capital of the department is Cahors, a town that was prominent in the middle ages and is famous for it's medieval centre and beautiful 14th century bridge that spans the river and dates back to the 1300's. Other, larger, towns worth visiting in the Lot are Figeac and Prayssac.

Tarn
The department of the tarn was formed in 1790 of the three dioceses of Albi, Castres and Lavaur, indeed Albi remains the capital of the department. The Tarn boasts three mountain ranges including the famous "black mountains" and it hosts some beautiful towns and villages. The centre of the capital city of Albi is a UNESCO heritage site and the towns of Castres, Gaillac and Cordes are all well worth visiting.

Tarn et Garonne
The rivers Tarn and Garonne give this department its distinctive name. The Tarn is 381 km long and the Garonne flows for 602km's. The capital of the department is Montauban which lies 50km's north of Toulouse and sits on the right bank of the river Tarn. Montauban is the second oldest "Bastide" town in southern France with foundations dating back to 1144.

House prices in the Midi Pyrenees - know your market!

The Midi Pyrenees boasts a wide range of architecture and house prices. The average house price in the region is €172,000 but this only tells a small part of the story. Set out below are average prices within each department as well as a look at house price fluctuations in 2010/11.

Ariege - average price of €115,000 with a 10.2% increase in 2010/11. Best value to be found around St Girons
Aveyron - average price of €127,500 with a 2.8% increase in 2010/11. Premium prices are paid around Rodez
Gers - average price of €150,000 with a 10.7% increase in 2010/11. Premium prices are paid around Auch
Haute-Garonne - average price of €235,000 with a 6.7% increase in 2010/11. Premium prices are paid around Toulouse
Haute-Pyrenees - average price of €145,000 with a 3.2% increase in 2010/11. Lowest prices to be found around Bagneres de Bigorre
Lot - average price of €134,000 with a 2.1% increase in 2010/11. Premium prices are paid around Cahors
Tarn - average price of €138,800 with a 7.3% increase in 2010/11. Best value to be found around Castres
Tarn et Garonne - average price of €150,000 with a 4.1% increase in 2010/11. Premium prices are paid around Montauban

From skiing down black runs to canoeing down river valleys - we have the lot.

The thrill of skiing and snowboarding in the Midi Pyrenees remains largely undiscovered, enjoyed by locals and those "in the know". You can ski or snowboard fresh pistes without the crowds you get in the Alps, or ski cross country whilst enjoying tree lined routes and spectacular panoramic views.

There are over 50 specialist ski resorts to choose from and huge investment over recent years has created fast, efficient lift systems to rival the best worldwide resorts. As the local "comité du tourisme" says:

"Some are made up of several smaller resorts, for example the ‘Domaine du Tourmalet’ which is composed of two resorts, Barèges and La Mongie. This is the largest ski resort in the Pyrenees with 69 trails and 43 lifts. The resort has around 100 kilometres of slopes and peaks that go up to 2,500 meters. Other large and medium-sized resorts are those of Les Angles, Luz-Ardiden, Peyragudes, Piau-Engaly, Font-Romeu and Ax-3. For those specialist free riders, the Pic du Midi is a great place to ‘shread’, offering an exceptional and unique descent of the Pyrenees".

But activities in the Midi Pyrenees are more than just first class skiing. The previously mentioned Col du Tourmalet is one of the most famous climbs in the Tour de France and enthusiasts can be seen grinding their way up the mountain throughout the summer months. The western side is 19km's long with an average gradient of 7.4% and the efforts on the ascent are more than made up for by the views from the top and the breathtaking descent down the other side. The mountains offer easier (but still challenging) cycling and are also superb for rock climbing and caving.

There are also over 2,000 km's of waterways in the region for you to kayak, canoe, raft, tube or simply swim.

Golfers are well catered for with almost 40 courses to choose from ranging from the 18 holf "Golf de l'Ariege" with views over the mountains to the championship "Golf de Lannemezan" close to Toulouse which has narrow fairways and over 4,500 trees for your ball to nestle behind!

A rich diversity of locally grown products to make your mouth water.

Whether you are sat at a Michelin starred restaurant or simply taking the "plat de jour" in your local bistro you will find that fresh, local, produce plays a big part of your meal in the Midi Pyrenees.

If kicking off your meal with an aperitif you may well be offered red or white "Floc de Gascogne", which combines fresh grape juice with Armagnac. It's likely that Foie Gras will be on the menu as a starter, you may not be so familiar with "Garbure" though - this is a rich soup containing pork, beans, cabbages and potatoes.

Toulouse is seen as the home of "Cassoulet" although every town and village in the area will have a slight variation of recipe and each will claim to be the original and the best. In the Aveyron, long threads of fresh tome cheese are combined with potato to create "Aligot" while unsalted cod is the basic ingredient of the delicious and filling "Estofinado".

We don't have enough space to list all of the regional cheeses that are available. Most people will know (and have tasted) Roquefort and Tomme des Gavaches but you may not know the soft and creamy Rocamadour, made from goats milk or the semi hard Bethmale from the area around St Girons. The Bleu des Causses is a milder blue than Roquefort and the equally mild Crottins du Tarn is perfect for grilling on a baguette freshly bought from your local boulangerie.

The wine trail of the Midi Pyrenees is well trodden - the most prestigious AOC wines of the region include Cahors, Gaillac, Fronton, Madiran, Pacherenc du Vic Bilh and Marcillac and, of course, Armagnac is one of the best known and loved digestifs in the world.

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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.



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