Ask the agent

No one knows the area like a lo­cal es­tate agent. We asked San­drine Gérard, of Arens et Peron No­taires, for the in­side track on Mor­bi­han

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What’s the cheap­est prop­erty you have on your books?

A lit­tle stone house in need of ren­o­va­tion with­out any land. The ask­ing price is €7,80o.

How much would you ex­pect to pay for:

Around €120,000 (although it may need some im­prove­ments). From €160,000. Around €30-40,000.

What’s the most un­usual prop­erty you have sold in the past?

A house which was like a manoir, with a lit­tle tower and a bal­cony – it was like some­thing out of a hor­ror movie!

What’s the most un­usual re­quest you’ve had from a client?

An English man asked me to col­lect him from the boat at Roscoff (ap­prox. 1hr45 drive from our of­fice in Gué­mené­sur-Scorff) so we could visit prop­er­ties in the area.

Is there a typ­i­cal ar­chi­tec­ture or style in the re­gion?

In Brit­tany, most prop­er­ties are made from stone and many have char­ac­ter­ful fea­tures such as fire­places and beams.

Why do Bri­tish peo­ple buy houses in Mor­bi­han?

Mainly be­cause it is not far from the UK and the prices are re­ally at­trac­tive. The coun­try­side is re­ally pretty – very green and peace­ful.

What are your pre­dic­tions for the prop­erty mar­ket in Mor­bi­han?

I think that Mor­bi­han will al­ways at­tract Bri­tish buy­ers be­cause of our way of life – cen­tral Brit­tany is un­spoilt and is very calm with lit­tle traf­fic.

What tips would you give to help peo­ple set­tle into life in the area?

Make ev­ery ef­fort to speak the French lan­guage. Peo­ple in this area are help­ful and wel­com­ing of new ar­rivals.

What are the re­gion’s spe­cial­i­ties?

We have some fan­tas­tic ciders and Gué­mené-sur-Scorff is home to an­douille (smoked sausage). There’s also plenty of fresh seafood in­clud­ing crab, lob­ster, oys­ters and scal­lops, while crêpes and galettes are pop­u­lar through­out the Brit­tany re­gion.

What lo­cal at­trac­tions are there in Mor­bi­han?

There is so much choice here – you have the beach, wa­ter­sports ac­tiv­i­ties at the lakes, walk­ing and fish­ing, etc. We have a tra­di­tional fes­ti­val, called Fest Noz (mean­ing night party), dur­ing which you can hear Bre­ton mu­sic and see the tra­di­tional danc­ing. Our his­tor­i­cal her­itage is very im­por­tant and we have lots of re­li­gious and his­toric mon­u­ments.

De­scribe your depart­ment in five words.

Peace­ful, au­then­tic, green, dis­cov­ery, tra­di­tional.

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