Limousin Property Blog: News and Information from the region

HAUTE VIENNE – meet new Leggett Agent David Bilson …

13284 My wife Diana and I moved to the Limousin from south London via a canal boat in Burton-on-Trent, in early 2014 and have never regretted making the move. I had worked for several years as a delivery driver and planned to retire to a quiet, gentle life in France.

We chose the Limousin, and Le Dorat in particular because the area is full of wonderful, lush, green countryside reminiscent of Devon and the west of England, with little rivers, streams and lakes all over the place. Having four distinct seasons (climate change notwithstanding) was important for us and we enjoy walking our rescued Siberian Husky in all weathers! But best laid plans of mice and men and all that, I now work for Leggett Immobilier and enjoy the challenge of matching properties with new owners.

The northern part of the Haute Vienne (département 87) is still very agricultural, think of the UK in the mid 1950s and you wouldn’t be too far from the reality of life in the Limousin. The capital of this region is Bellac, the sheep capital of France, where the farmers not only produce wonderful lamb, but the famous Limousin cattle are plentiful and provide great beef too.

Take a look through my portfolio of beautiful houses for sale in this region

CORREZE: A department full of surprises …

Driving through the beautiful Correze region this week, the countryside looked just breath-taking, the rolling fields of vivid green following a month of April showers and warm sunshine and the emerging leaves on the trees created a vivid haze across the woodlands – only to find, set back down a small country lane, glistening in the early morning mist, this exquisite 15th Century Château:

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Built in 1450 and sitting amongst 200 hectares, with its own farm, lakes, numerous outbuildings and a 1000m2 air-conditioned garage! – a little peek inside revealed the most beautiful, comfortable hunting lodge. Steeped in history, having survived centuries of wars and local battles, yet still, this lovely home, built by stone masons with extraordinary talent, revealed the most wonderful treasures inside …

Ch. Gren_13Roaring log fires, comfortable leather sofas and surrounded by wooden paneling and carved doorways that take your breath away. Leggett Prestige are delighted to be bringing this property to the market, very soon … Contact Juanita Franke for further details.

LIMOUSIN – the town of La Souterraine, “a hidden gem” …

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The Limousin is the least populated part of mainland France and where the glorious countryside seems to go on forever. If you’re looking for an antidote to modern day stress and urban living, then this is definitely the region for you.

Look for property in the Limousin and you’ll have a wide choice of styles to select from. You can choose to renovate an old building or move into a beautifully refurbished home where you just need to add furniture. Prices here are the lowest in France. It’s always a popular destination with overseas buyers.

“La Souterraine in the Creuse is a small town with a population of around 5,500. The name derives from ‘subterranean’ which refers to the crypt and underground parts of its beautiful 11th century church” says Cheryl Hines, who is a Leggett Agent in that area and has some lovely properties listed around La Souterraine, a town she regards as the ‘hidden gem of the limousin’.

View Cheryl’s selection of properties in the Creuse here …

LIMOUSIN – Meet Sophie-Mari Barnard, one of the Leggett Agents in this region

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I came to France in July 2009 with my husband who is a professional rugby player and our 18 month old son. I always wanted to learn french and live in France, but I never thought it would really happen. Coming from Cape Town in South Africa we love the sun, red wine and family values in France. Working for Leggett is more than just a job, it’s my passion! Finding people their dream houses is what I love doing!

We found our dream stone farmhouse in Ligneyrac, which is situated between Turenne and Collonges-la-Rouge, two of France’s officially listed most beautiful villages. It is situated south of Brive in the Limousin region of France where good food, wine and good company is practically a way of life. I would love to help you find your dream property in France too!

Take a look at Sophie’s property portfolio …

View all Limousin properties for sale here …

HAUTE VIENNE – 2 hours to the sea, 4 hours to the mountains …

 

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Leggett Agent Lauren Cook explains how she moved to France …

After years of holidaying in France, my parents decided that the best life for me and my little sister was in France. So in 2002 we fell in love with a rustic farmhouse to renovate in the town of Rochechouart. I started at the local school with extremely basic French language skills, however, being fully immersed allowed my French to develop at high speed and was fluent in a matter of months. After Secondary school I decided to follow my love of French cuisine to catering college where I trained to be a Silver Service waitress. This allowed me to find a job in a local gastronomic restaurant and then on to a bar restaurant in my hometown of Rochechouart.

To make the most of my younger years I decided to travel the world and what better way of doing that than working on a cruise ship! I worked in the dining room on Disney Cruise Lines for the best part of 2 years and visited places ranging from the Caribbean to Canada, passing through the Panama Canal on my way. Recently I have decided that I missed my life in Rochechouart but wanted a professional change. With my knowledge of the area and a natural ease in customer relations what better to do than to work for Leggett Immobilier helping you to fulfill your dreams. More »

LIMOUSIN – France’s tranquil ‘Lake Region’ …

Limousin occupies the north western part of the Massif Central, it is one of the smallest regions in France, and the one with the lowest population. The name derives from the regional capital, Limoges, and in one form or another has been taken worldwide to describe a type of motor car, and a famous breed of beef cattle. The cattle originate from this region, the cars do not!

Once a Roman city, Limoges, capital of the Limousin, lies on the river Vienne and on the main route between Paris and Toulouse. It  has always been a major centre, of this relatively sparsely populated region. In the Middle Ages, it was renowned as a centre of arts and culture. In the nineteenth century, it became famed throughout Europe, and beyond, for its porcelain; indeed the city became rich with its porcelain industry, and much of the city centre dates from this period. Limoges has a large historic quarter, with narrow streets and many fine half-timbered houses.

Apart from the Limoges area, which has half of the region’s population, Limousin is synonymous with rurality, ‘deepest France’, being one the least densely populated areas of France. Rural Limousin is a land of deciduous woods and fields in the west and northwest, of sheep grazing land in the north, and an upland area of spruce forests and grazing land on the Plateau de Millevaches (the plateau of the thousand springs) hence there are many beautiful lakes scatter across the countryside. Leggetts has many beautiful properties for sale in this region,

Brive Plage festival – 20th July to 4th August

The famous Brive Plage festival is taking place between 20th July and 4th August this year, headline acts include Charlie Winston and Julien Doré.  This is usually a family festival not to be missed with sports, games, concerts and plenty of childrens activities. Go to www.brive-plage.com to see the full line up – adult tickets are €28 or you can get a 2 day pass for €44 or a 3 day pass for €66, entrance is free for children under eight.

Don’t miss the Urbaka festival in Limoges (27th June – 30th June)

Every summer the streets of Limoges come alive for the four day Urbaka festival, this truly is street art at its best and if you are in the Limousin this summer then definitely put the dates in your diary now.
You’ll find a combination of live music, juggling, acrobatics and off the wall art projects as the town takes on a completely different character.  This year the festival is running from Wednesday 23rd June to Saturday 30th and events are free, some of the best displays are as darkness falls but there are plenty of bars and restaurants to keep your energy levels high.  You can see full details at www.urbaka.com but make sure you get there early as over 200,000 spectators are welcomed to the festival by the 200 different artists.