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.

 


Luxury country villas to rent this summer

 

We are pleased to offer villas to rent for the first time this summer with our first phase complete, we are now taking bookings for stays in July and August.

 

We have one to four bedroom homes, that can accommodate from two to eight people. Newly built with the latest modern fixtures and fittings, the luxury homes are spacious, comfortable and light throughout. All have a garden or terrace, private pool or a Jacuzzi, and all come with a concierge service to help guests get the most from their stay.

 

La Durantie offers a tranquil location, set in the grounds and vineyards of Chateau La Durantie, to enjoy a slower pace of life, good food and the superb Gaillac wines of the region. It is also the perfect base from which to discover the beautiful local villages such Castelnau de Montmiral, and further afield Gaillac, Cordes and Albi.  For the more active, and those with children, there is river canoeing, water-parks, bike trails, go-karting, horse riding, aquariums and zoos, all within the region.

 

Rental rates start at just €100/night. For further details visit durantie.com/holiday-at-durantie

 

To book contact reservations@durantie.com or phone +33(0)581 026106


Visit Our Show Homes

 

We now have two show homes that are fully furnished and ready to view. As you can see from the photos the homes are spacious and light, blending the best of local materials such as stone, terracotta, limestone and wood with all the modern conveniences and features of a luxury home.

 

 

 

 

Photos by Stephen Foote of Blue Water Films.

Please contact us at enquiries@durantie.com  if you’d like to arrange a viewing.


Winter sunshine means it’s full steam ahead with construction

Pool being fitted in La Durantie

 

As winter starts in The Tarn significant progress is being made at La Durantie, thanks to a spell of good weather and winter sunshine. With numerous projects commencing onsite, the team are working hard to complete ‘La Cour Braucol’ in December. Houses in the mini-hamlets are now being fitted with pools which are integrated into the house design. Homeowners that have opted for a pool will soon be able to enjoy a view from their living area over the sparkling water. Alternatively, owners can choose to have additional paving and planters which can be used to fill the space.

 

A third of what is produced in construction that is visible  overground is in fact going on underground.  An entire new network  of drains, fresh water, and rain water, electric  cabling and fibre optic  is being created, built in an efficient environmentally respectful way.

 

The team are also hard at work with the underground wet utility pipeline installation, ensuring a clean and safe water system is readily available to all homeowners at La Durantie.

 

A harmony of colours, stone rendering on the exterior walls of homes at La Durantie

 

A view of the development of the third hamlet La Cour Pruneland underway

 

Plot seven in La Cour Gamay with completed stone rendering

 

Layering tiles onto plot thirteen in La Cour Pruneland

 

Homeowners at La Durantie will soon be able to enjoy cooking in their own bespoke modern Pyram kitchens, brimming with the latest Bosche appliances and stone granite or quartz worktops. Designed by UK based kitchen designer Keith Brisley, the kitchens have a sense of space and light which make cooking in them a delight. Every kitchen is personalised, and so owners are also given the opportunity to add their own personal touches and can choose from a range of designs, materials and textures. By reserving their villas whilst they are being built, homeowners can really benefit from this opportunity.

 

Le Corduries 2-bedroom home with fitted kitchen

 

The build at La Durantie is progressing rapidly, with the completion of the first hamlet ‘La Cour Braucol’ planned for December and the second hamlet ‘La Cour Gamay’ due for completion in March 2017. The works on the third hamlet, ‘La Cour Prunelard’ are also well underway, scheduled for completion at the end of May 2017.

 

As the countryside in La Durantie turns to stunning shades of gold and brown, the locals delight in a local tradition – the mushroom season. From mid November to mid December, the mushroom gathering season is an important part of the calendar, which brings with it great excitement. With almost all generations taking part in the mushroom-gathering, this national pastime is the perfect activity for all the family. Searching for mushrooms in the nearby forests requires good local knowledge and can be exhausting, but the rewards are most certainly worth it. The ‘trompette de mort mushrooms’ and ‘pied de mouton’ mushrooms can be found in the Grésigne forest just nearby La Durantie. Favourite recipes with the wild-mushrooms include risottos, sauces and soups but a cêpe omelette is perhaps the best way of savouring the flavour, a simple yet delicious dish.

 

Keep checking our blog for news on La Durantie and The Tarn or follow us on Twitter @ChateauDurantie and like our Facebook page La Durantie.

 

Trompettes de mort mushrooms picked from the Grésigne forest.

 

Wild mushroom risotto

 

Ingredients

50g pied de mouton

1 onion finely chopped

1 vegetable stock cube

2 tbsp olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

2 garlic clove, finely chopped

250g Trompettes de mort mushrooms

300g risotto rice, such as Arborio

1 x 175ml glass white wine

25g butter

Handful parsley leaves, chopped

50g parmesan or grana Padano, freshly grated

 

Recipe from BBC Good Food, see here


First homes sold at La Durantie

Happy homeowner of plot one

 

As temperatures begin to cool in the Tarn, there is an exciting progression in the development of houses and communal areas in La Durantie. With the completion of 10 houses in the mini-hamlets that make up ‘La Cour Braucol’ and ‘La Cour Gamay’ and with three completed sales, a real sense of progress is emerging… The other hamlets in La Durantie are also developing rapidly with the foundations of La Cour Pruneland in place and awaiting completion.

 

One happy homeowner comments ‘I grew up in the Tarn, and I am thrilled to have this opportunity of a second home where I spent a lot of my childhood. It’s a beautiful area, and I am looking forward to meeting the other new homeowners.’

 

To complement the harmonious community, homeowners are offered the luxury of designing their own homes with a selection of colours that ensure a sense of space, light and a connection with nature. They also have the opportunity to choose from a range of designs, materials, and textures to furnish the interior and exterior of their new homes.

 

Shutters in duck egg blue

 

First completed kitchen with quartz work top

 

Two modern Pyram kitchens have also now been installed with the latest Bosche appliances, owners can also choose from a wide range of colours and work surfaces to suit their individual tastes.

 

Living area fitted with travertine flooring

 

With landscaping now underway, the workers are busy creating a sanctuary where owners can escape from the busy city and enjoy a glass of wine, a good book or spend time with family and friends in the outdoor area of their luxury holiday home.

 

Landscaping prior to planting

 

Owning a home in La Durantie features maximum flexibility, even when it comes to the outdoor space. Homeowners will have control over how their garden looks and can select from a wide range of accessories – everything from furniture, statues and pots to gazebos and arches along with water features and decorative supports. They can also have a choice in the lighting, irrigation systems, decking and additional planting.

 

Jeanne hard at work digging her way through to your luxury holiday home

 

Water retaining tanks 80 cubic metres which will be pumped up from the lakes to water plants

 

Limestone facing the adjoining walls to the villas

 

As you can see there are lots of exciting developments going on at La Durantie. The first two hamlets are completed. La Cour Prunelard is scheduled for completion in April 2017 and the next hamlet due for the following summer. With planning and construction well on schedule, the first seventeen homes will be available for rental from the 1st July 2017.

Keep checking our blog for news on La Durantie and The Tarn or follow us on Twitter @ChateauDurantie and like our Facebook page La Durantie.


Autumn Delights Year After Year

 

With average October temperatures reaching 20°C and an array of outdoor activities in the nearby area, La Durantie is perfect for those looking to reconnect with nature year after year. Autumn sees the Tarn’s beautiful landscape come alive with colour as both the vines and leaves transform into brilliant shades of orange, red and yellow.

 

The end of September signals the start of the grape harvest, also commonly known as ‘la vendange’, and brings with it a range of exciting opportunities for wine lovers. Homeowners can take part in local wine harvest celebrations including one hosted by the town of Cestyarols on the 10th October, just 20 minutes from La Durantie, which includes an apéro concert and an evening meal accompanied by delicious local wine.

 

Riding through the vines at La Durantie

 

The vineyard at La Durantie is managed by Alain Gayrel and son, members of the development team.  With vines situated on-site, homeowners at La Durantie can look forward to drinking their own Gaillac wine whilst sitting on the terrace of their holiday home. Owners will even be given a bottle of La Durantie wine upon purchase.

 

Vineyard at La Durantie (©Stephen Foote – Stephenfootephotography.co.uk)

 

La Durantie’s own sauvignon wine (©Stephen Foote – Stephenfootephotography.co.uk)

 

Home to a diverse and dramatic landscape, the nearby area offers a wealth of outdoor autumn activities, designed to help you recharge your batteries whilst exploring nature along the way. Traffic-free cycle paths for example make it easy to safely explore the area by bike. The ‘Droits de l’Homme’ greenway spans for 48km across gentle terrain, taking cyclists on a leisurely ride through some of the Tarn’s best unspoilt countryside. The route passes through the town of Castres, also known as ‘little Venice’, a reference to its pastel coloured houses sitting on the banks of the Argout River. Other places of interest en route include Lautrec, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France featuring a charming 17th century windmill, and the city of Albi (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

 

The town of Castres, sitting on the banks of the Argout River (© CDT C. Riviere – tourisme-tarn.com)

 

The forested area of Sidobre, situated two hours from La Durantie in the Haut Languedoc Regional Park, is the ideal day trip for nature lovers. It is home to strange rock formations caused by a stream of molten magma three hundred years ago. The area offers miles of clearly signposted trails, making it easy to walk amid the autumn coloured trees and fascinating stones. Take photos hanging off the ‘Peyro Clabado’, a 780 ton rock of massive granite perfectly balanced on a rock of only 1 m² or cool off from the Autumn sun at the ‘blackbird lake’ (Le Lac du Merle).

 

Peyro Clabado, Sidobre (© CDT C. Riviere – tourisme-tarn.com)

 

Other popular outdoor pursuits include horse riding through the Grésigne forest which sits adjacent to La Durantie, or taking in the bird’s eye view of the Tarn on a hot air balloon ride. Keep checking our blog for news on The Tarn and exciting developments at La Durantie or follow us on Twitter @ChateauDurantie and like our Facebook page La Durantie.


First homes taking shape at La Durantie

As the Tarn basked in scorching temperatures as high as 32°C this month, significant progress was made at La Durantie. The first homes are almost complete with the installation of interior fittings now well underway. All the houses at La Durantie are grouped into mini-hamlets named after different wine varieties grown in the nearby area. The five houses making up ‘La Cour Braucol’ are now almost finished, with their completion anticipated by September.

 

Plot one in La Cour Braucol almost complete, with stone rendering and duck egg blue shutters now in place. Owners can choose from a selection of colours for the shutters.

 

Stone rendering complete of plot one and two in La Cour Braucol.

 

Plot seven in La Cour Gamay prior to stone rendering.

 

Roof of plot 10 in La Cour Gamay going on.

 

Kitchen fitted in the Castlenau model.

 

Kitchen units with integrated washing machine and dishwasher

 

Bath / shower rooms fitted in plot one and two. Owners can choose form an attractive pallet of ceramic tiles.

 

La Durantie offers owners the maximum level of flexibility when it comes to furnishing their new homes, whilst making the process as easy as possible. Owners can pick and choose from a wide range of high-quality, attractive furniture and appliances, with different options available ranging from double and single beds to office space with desk and sofa bed.

 

In conjunction with UK based kitchen designer Keith Brisley, owners can also choose their own kitchen colours and work tops made out of either granite or quartz composites.  The furniture packages will compliment these.

 

Planning is underway for the landscaping which will be carried out during the autumn’s cooler weather.  A large retention lake has been installed on the perimeter of the domain to ensure that rainwater drains away naturally, without disrupting nearby flora and fauna. This water is then pumped back up the hill to the site to be used for watering purposes.

 

The first two sales will be completed by the end of this month. Keep checking our blog for exciting news at La Durantie and in The Tarn or follow us on Twitter @ChateauDurantie and like our Facebook page La Durantie.


The impact of Brexit on property buyers and expats in France

British homeowners at La Durantie may be wondering what impact Brexit will have on owning property in France. Karen Tait, Editor of French Property News, is one of our favoured industry experts who has visited and reported on La Durantie in the past and here is her insight into the consequences of Brexit…

“The announcement that the UK has voted to leave the EU will lead to some uncertainty and concern among British people living in France and those planning to buy property across the Channel.

Over the next two years, the terms of the UK’s new status will be determined and the impact on the overseas property market will be unsure until negotiations between the UK and the EU are finalised. However, while we expect the market to hold its breath in the short term, we believe that people looking to buy a property in France will still be able to realise their dream and that the process is unlikely to become much more complicated than at present. After all, non-EU residents have been buying in France for many years and British people bought property across the Channel before Britain joined the EU.

We understand a lot of British people living in France will be concerned about their situation, especially with regards to their right to live and work in France and their access to healthcare. Once the UK has formally notified the EU that it wishes to leave there will be a period of negotiation and the rights and status of British people living in the EU will be high on that agenda. There will be no immediate change in your circumstances.

At present there are clearly more questions than answers, but we will endeavour to provide as much information as possible in the coming days, weeks and months. Despite the uncertainty in the run up to the referendum, we have been encouraged by the number of buyers keen to go ahead with their plans. The British love affair with France remains strong and is unlikely to be dented by the decision to leave the EU. Likewise, there are many French people living within our shores and the ‘entente cordiale’ will continue to be a binding link between our two countries.”