French property continues to enjoy stability

According to reports last month from, the property house search portal, France is still one of the favourites destinations for British Buyers and Autumn 2010 has been particularly bouyant.

The organisation claims that both property investors and lifestyle buyers have been drawn to France over the past few months, and that France accounts for more than 40 per cent of all mortgage enquiries for British buyers investing overseas, the firm says.

Properties which are easily reached for a weekend away and the provencal lifestyle are what attracts buyers, also a good rental potential is important for investors looking for value for money and security on their investment.

A property which offers complete charm and excellent value for money is this  beautiful house dating from the 18th century which lies in the heart of a small charming village 20 minutes from Nimes and 10 minutes from Uzes.  Quiet but not isolated there are three parts to the property each providing it’s own charm.

The main part of the property offers 200m2 and has been restored and overlooks a pretty integral courtyard with no vis-a-vis.  The second part which faces the restored house is protected by the ‘Patrimoine de France’ and is to be completed in it’s restoration which would make a perfect guest house with two large bedrooms with reception and kitchen on the ground floor.

Opposite these two buildings is a completely separate walled garden with pool and third stone building to be restored entirely.

This is a very pretty area and the house is full of charm and architecturally very interesting.  Price: 814,000 euros.  visit our website  and for full details contact

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Be the master of your home

The French are well-known for their beautiful and descriptive language and the English language has borrowed many words and expressions from French. Some have been so completely absorbed by English that speakers might not realize its origins. Other words and expressions have retained their “Frenchness” – a certain je ne sais quoi which speakers tend to be much more aware of.   When it comes to buying a house this is also the case in the descriptions of the many types of properties for sale.  For example, one style of property is a Maison de Maitre, literally translated this property term means ‘House of the Master’. The term Maître in French is used to describe certain positions of importance, male teachers in primary schools in France are still addressed by the children as Maitre.   The house of a Maitre is a more formal, somewhat grand style of house.  Like the bastide, the Maison de Maître is known for their practical layouts, high ceilings and usually having four main rooms on each floor.

One of the finest examples in Uzes is this elegant Maison de Maitre village house with garden and renovated with style. Situated 10kms from Uzes, 35 minutes from Avignon (TGV) and 30 minutes from Nimes (airport and TGV) this beautiful property offers 300m2 of living space and has been entirely renovated by a reputable interior designer.

The main house, is an authentic Maison de Maitre and is connected to renovated outbuildings to form the entire property, which connects to the pool house and exterior summer terraces and private walled garden.  Price is 1,100.000 euros.  For full details please contact

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