See us at the French Property Exhibition

 

We will be exhibiting our luxury development at the French Property Exhibition on the 17-18th March 2017 at Newbury Racecourse, Newbury, Berkshire, UK.

 

Come and talk to us about the completion of our first three hamlets, the next phase of new villas, hassle-free ownership, our country club facilities and the relaxed lifestyle you can enjoy at La Durantie.

 

The exhibition has useful seminars giving practical, legal and financial advice on buying a home in France, plus a variety of service companies who can help facilitate a purchase, should you decide to buy.

 

Admission is free. For more details see http://www.fpenewbury.com

 

Please get in touch if you’d like to make an appointment. Contact Jeanne Boden  Tel +33 (0)58 1026106, Email enquiries@durantie.com


First Three Hamlets Ready by Summer 2017

 

We are delighted to announce that the first three hamlets consisting of 17 homes in phase one are nearing completion and will be ready and available by the end of June for sale or rent.

 

The homes in this phase benefit from being the closest to our beautiful belle époque Chateau with its Country Club facilities, which will be completed in 2018/9. It is here that residents, guests and local ‘members’ will come together during the day and into the evening to drink, dine and enjoy everything from courses and events to concerts.  Facilities will include a library, bistro-bar, barbecue terrace and gardens, 20 metre indoor swimming pool, state of the art spa, tennis courts and croquet lawn.

 

Completed homes include one and two-storey, detached, luxury homes with private gardens and integrated pools, set within the estate’s landscaped gardens in clusters with shared courtyards. Each hamlet contains a mix of house styles to provide a diverse and authentic French village feel. The homes are built using local materials and traditional design cues of this part of south western France. Some are faced in warm stone, some rendered in earthy tones of traditional render.

 

The homes in this phase are built on a gentle south facing slope, and many enjoy a stunning view of rolling vineyards and dense oak forests for miles around. Residents can relax on their own terrace or alternatively spend time socialising with neighbours in their own courtyard.

 

The interiors of the homes are designed to make the most of the region’s fresh air and light, with high ceilings of oak beams, open-plan living rooms that open out onto spacious verandas and terraces via floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors.

 

Pools are integrated into the design of each home, and so can be seen and accessed directly from your living space. These design features provide a connection with nature, offering views across water and through verdant private gardens to the undulating woodlands of the estate beyond.

 

Inbuilt fireplaces or wood burners, soft coloured limestone floors and exposed wood beams help to make the homes feel cosy, especially in winter. The country homes have the latest in modern comforts with cleverly designed kitchens brimming with the latest appliances and cool quartz worktops;  bathrooms with cool, clean lines, and room-by-room temperature-controlled reversible air conditioning.

 

Owners can use their property privately or opt for a combination of both investment and private use.  La Durantie provides a safe buy-to-rent option which can be tailored to meet individuals’ lifestyle requirements through the French Leaseback system, with the opportunity to reclaim 20% VAT from the French Government backed scheme on the purchase price and receive a guaranteed rental income.

 

Homes are maintained in the owner’s absence ensuring this is a truly hassle-free holiday home.

 

Homes range from 1-5 bed and priced from €275,000 (approx. £237,000) to €777, 530 (approx. £661,761).  *All prices are nett (after VAT refund).

 

To arrange a viewing please contact Jeanne Boden,  Tel +33 (0)58 1026106,
Email enquiries@durantie.com


Cultural & Historical Highlights of the Tarn, Now More Accessible with New Flights

 

The Tarn department in south-west France, encompasses some of France’s most fascinating history and rich culture. With quaint bastide villages, picture-perfect views and a host of museums, this unspoiled region makes it a unique destination for lovers of history and culture.

 

Additionally, a new daily direct flight to Toulouse from Stansted with Ryanair from 1st November 2016 now makes The Tarn even more accessible to UK tourists.

 

Cordes sur Ciel, Puycelsi and Castelnau-de-Montmiral are just a few of many adored bastide villages of the Tarn.Labelled amongst 50 of the most beautiful villages in France.  Taking a walk through these charming villages is like strolling through time. The well-preserved gothic archways and timber framed shops perched upon hill tops, sets the scene of south-west France in the 13th century, which was caught up in the crusade lead by Pope Innocent III and his Catholic followers to rid the area of Catharism. The war has played a fundamental role in shaping these villages that are greatly treasured today for their spectacular views, handsome medieval architecture and are also now classified among the most beautiful villages in France.

 

The region’s stunning capital of Albi, today a UNESCO world heritage site, holds some of the area’s finest architecture. Bustling with life and well preserved, it resonates in historical allure with its medieval heritage. Street signs can be found written in both the old Occitan language and French, and there are several distinct sites that date back to the Cathar period. Highlights include The Bishop of Albi’s fortress, where visitors can enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the gardens of The Berbie Palace and the largest brick built cathedral in the world – the Sainte Cécile Cathedral – which were both built to symbolise the strength and power of the Catholics after the Cathar crusade.

 

 

Visitors can be inspired when exploring the galleries exhibiting the works of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Beside the cathedral, in the bishop’s palace, the Lautrec’s museum holds a fabulous collection of his youthful works, drawings, portraits and posters. Donated, by his mother, Countess Adele de Toulouse-Lautrec in 1922, his artwork tells a fascinating story of his childhood and growing up with his disability. Rooms in the museum also contain a large collection of paintings by Gauguin, Matisse, Degas, Vlaminck and Bonnard.

 

Now thanks to a new daily direct flight route with Ryanair to Toulouse Blagnac from Stansted, this undiscovered area of South-West France is now even more accessible for UK tourists. Already served by easyJet and British Airways, visitors are now provided with further opportunity to explore the cultural and historical adventures of the Tarn with flexibility and ease with a choice of three airlines from three London Airports.