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
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.