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Character 13 bedroom Chateau for sale with panoramic and countryside views in Parcoul Chenaud, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 249595
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Grand, spacious and historic 13 bedroom manor house/chateau, located in a quiet setting in Parcoul Chenaud, set within a large 3.7 hectare plot with a feature pond. This superb property features 5...
1,010,000 EUR
Character 4 bedroom Manor House for sale with countryside view in Angouleme, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 249183
Magnificent manor house, which was fully renovated in 2002, situated in an ideal location close to the city yet in a tranquil and lush setting in Angouleme. Offering 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, a ...
1,272,000 EUR
Grand 18 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Angers, Pays de la Loire
Ref 248953
Exceptional Nineteenth Century French Chateau for sale in Haut-Anjou, on the edge of a small village with basic amenities, set in 34 acres of land. This beautiful and generous chateau enjoys a ru...
2,750,000 EUR
Grand 12 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Tours, Centre Val de Loire
Ref 248952
Beautiful French Chateau in the Loire valley, 20km north of Tours nestled in the countryside in a quiet and private location yet with excellent access to autoroutes, TGV stations and Tours airport....
2,790,000 EUR
Beautiful 11 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Tours, Centre Val de Loire
Ref 248949
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Beautifully restored and spacious Loire Valley Chateau in the heart of the Touraine, just a 10 minute drive from Tours, and 20 minutes from the TGV station and airport. This desirable property be...
3,500,000 EUR
Authentic 8 bedroom Chateau for sale in Tours, Centre Val de Loire
Ref 248821
Simply stunning 8 bedroom French Chateau, located just 40 minutes south of Tours, nestled within a charming and quiet countryside setting on a plot of around 30 hectares with woods and meadows. T...
2,700,000 EUR
Grand 8 bedroom Chateau for sale with panoramic view in Bouliac, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248744
Beautiful and impressive chateau in the heart of Bouliac, with a commanding view over the magnificent city of Bordeaux and the serene banks of the Garonne. This exceptional residence offersan unp...
2,595,000 EUR
Renovated 9 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in La Rochelle, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248514
Delightful Nineteenth Century chateau in Benon, not far from La Rochelle it once served as the country retreat of the Delmas family, esteemed ship owners from La Rochelle. Nestled discreetly amid...
1,590,000 EUR
Character 24 bedroom Chateau for sale with panoramic view and countryside view in Cherves Chatelars, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 248094
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Grand and beautifully maintained, this historic, extraordinary and authentic estate features a main Chateau, Chateau for entertaining, along with several outbuildings and additional accommodation. ...
2,950,000 EUR
Grand 5 bedroom Chateau for sale with panoramic view and countryside view in Serres Sainte Marie, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 247980
Charming and elegant chateau in a dominant position with panoramic views to the Pyrenees, less than an hour from the coast, and offering modern comfort in a beautiful and nicely renovated settin...
890,000 EUR
Historical 11 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view and panoramic view in Valence sur Baise, Occitanie
Ref 247976
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Iconic, grand and spacious 11 bedroom Chateau, located in a quiet setting in Valence sur Baise, which is right in the heart of Gers. A family property since 1803 and showcasing authentic 17th Cent...
3,000,000 EUR
Renovated 7 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Parthenay, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Ref 247863
A beautifully renovated medieval chateau in the West Deux Sevres region, full of charm and character, set in about 23 acres of private parkland, close to a village with shops and a bakery. Built...
1,278,000 EUR
Grand 5 bedroom Estate for sale with countryside view in Brassac, Occitanie
Ref 247803
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Simply delightful property, full of character and history, set in almost 4 acres with lots of potential for development and an income stream. The intriguing stone dwelling provides potential for ...
585,000 EUR
Renovated 6 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Roquecor, Occitanie
Ref 247756
Fabulous French character property, newly renovated to offer modern comfort in a beautiful setting in the Tarn et Garonne region. Set in over 20 acres of magnificent parkland with two-hundred-yea...
1,699,500 EUR
Character 9 bedroom House for sale with countryside view and panoramic view in Valbonne, Cote d'Azur French Riviera
Ref 247144
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Impressive 9 bedroom estate, with a vast living area of 1,160m2, set within around 18 hectares of landscaped gardens, which have been carefully maintained and offer a variety of plants, trees and f...
23,625,000 EUR
Character 5 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view and panoramic view in Saint Thomas de Conac, Poitou-Charentes
Ref 247081
Superbly renovated and tastefully decorated, this superb 5 bedroom manor house is ideally set within an extremely quiet and peaceful position close to Saint Thomas de Conac. With comfortable and f...
598,900 EUR
Character 23 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view and panoramic view in Les Hauts d'Anjou,
Ref 246266
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Full of authentic character and beautifully presented throughout, this impressive 23 bedroom chateau is ideally located in idyllic countryside setting, north of Angers, in a quiet and peaceful yet ...
1,800,000 EUR
Authentic 11 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Castelsagrat, Midi-Pyrenees
Ref 245995
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Beautifully restored 11 bedroom historical French Chateau, nestling in 7 hectares of glorious land with gardens and indoor pool, while enjoying scenic countryside views from its peaceful location n...
999,000 EUR
Exclusive 15 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view and panoramic view in St Barthelemy de Bussiere, Aquitaine
Ref 245326
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Superb 15 bedroom estate, which was at its most important in the 19th Century as a summer residence of distinguished lords from Limoges, situated in a quiet setting in St Barthelemy de Bussiere. ...
3,150,000 EUR
Income Producing 10 bedroom Chateau for sale with countryside view in Blaye, Aquitaine
Ref 245090
Outstanding luxury chartreuse full of charm and character, close to Blaye and just half an hour from Bordeaux, dating back to the mid Eighteenth Century and renovated to a very high standard. The...
1,500,000 EUR
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Buying a Property in France

1. Signing the Agreement (Compris)

On finding a property you wish to purchase you will need to negotiate the terms, price and conditions of the sale with the owner.

The next step, once you are in agreement, is to sign the preliminary contract (Compromis de Vente). This is a legal document and after ten days will be binding on both parties. Rules change frequently in France and it is best to consult with your notary about when this period starts. Generally the compris will be signed in France with the Agent.

Variants can be included in the compris, for example an Acte (clause) can be added if the name or names to go on the title deed have not been finalised. If a mortgage will be required to purchase the property, the details for this, including the name of the mortgage company, must be on the compris.

2. Paying the Deposit

Generally the deposit will be 10% of the agreed purchase price. This will normally be paid to the notaire. There are exceptions to this, if the agent holds a carte professionelle, is bonded and fully registered then you may pay them, but do not hand over the deposit to anyone else. If for some reason the purchase does not go through, for example, if you write to the notaire and the agent that you do not wish to go continue with the purchase before the contract is binding (within seven days of signing the compris), then your deposit would be repaid. This would also apply if a condition had not been met, or the mayor or S.A.F.E.R. (a government agency that has the right of first purchase on most rural property that comes onto the market in France) could oblige the purchaser to give way. If you decide after the seven days 'cooling off' period that you do not wish to complete the purchase and pull out of the sale you would lose your deposit. If however the vendor pulls out of the sale then you will receive your deposit back plus the same amount from the vendor.

3. On Completion

Generally it will take around two or three months to complete the purchase.

During this time the balance of the purchase money must be paid into the account of the notaire, this must be done well ahead of the completion date. The notaire will prepare the documents, check that the deed of sale (Acte de Vente) is in order and have the legal title ready to be signed over. It is possible to have someone sign on your behalf if you give them power of attorney. An interpreter may be of use at this point if your French is not very good and many Notaires will suggest (or insist) that an interpreter is with you.

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