We needed a change! We'd spent a year thinking about buying a house in France, so eventually we contacted an agent in France. Our idea was to live in Normandy, so we arranged to meet an agent in St. Pol sur Ternoise and set ourselves “unbreakable” rules – as you do!
Not to buy the first house we see
Not to go over our set budget
Not to buy a house that is bigger than we need
Certainly nothing that was in need of renovation!
We booked the ferry and were off. We'd arranged to meet an agent and see six houses. With the first house only 20 minutes away – WOW, Normandy is that close! the first house was beautiful but too expensive, too big and needed a great deal of work. Five more houses but no where to be seen was a sign saying Normandy! The agent explained that we were in “Pas de Calais". So we sat down and talked about the houses we'd seen … with one house in particular! Oh no! We were just about to break all our rules!!
Fifteen years later, still here, we still love it! Being an Agent for Leggett was a natural progression, customer focussed, with a passion for buildings and having a sense of French geography now, I particularly the countryside and architecture of the Picardie region and the local inhabitants the ”Picard" are extremely friendly. The region of Picardy stretches from the long sandy beaches of the Somme estuary in the west to the vast forests and pastures of the Thiérache in the east and down to the chateaux of Chantilly or Pierrefonds near the Paris Area and vineyards of the border with Champagne (Champagne picarde) to the south.
I look forward to showing you the delights of this wonderful region and finding of course, your 'dream home' here, in the Picardie !
Bienvenue en Picardie
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