Dor­dogne is dou­bly de­sir­able but we still love a Bre­ton bar­gain

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Dor­dogne is still the dar­ling des­ti­na­tion of Bri­tish buy­ers – and by some mar­gin, new fig­ures show. Visi­tors to our mar­ket-lead­ing web­site Fran­ce­prop­er­ are more than twice as likely to look at Dor­dogne prop­er­ties as those in any other de­part­ment in France. Neigh­bour­ing Char­ente has jumped in pop­u­lar­ity to be­come the next pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion, over­tak­ing Mor­bi­han in Brit­tany which falls to fourth place be­hind Char­ente-mar­itime.

The find­ings came from an anal­y­sis of 1.9 mil­lion page views on the web­site in the six months from May to Oc­to­ber and showed that the num­ber of peo­ple us­ing the site to search for French prop­erty is al­most dou­ble what it was in the same pe­riod in 2016.

“Peo­ple’s pas­sion for France and de­sire to find a high qual­ity of life in a warmer cli­mate seems to be very much alive and well,” says French Prop­erty News ed­i­tor Karen Tait. “These find­ings cer­tainly mir­ror re­ports we’ve had from es­tate agents that buy­ers are rush­ing to get a foothold in France be­fore Brexit.”

Not ev­ery­one is re­lo­cat­ing across the Chan­nel; plenty of peo­ple are look­ing for hol­i­day homes and are on the look-out for bar­gains, es­pe­cially in Brit­tany.

Al­most half the visi­tors who spec­i­fied a price bracket were look­ing for prop­er­ties for €100,000 or less and Brit­tany came up in search terms time and time again. In­deed the re­gion has some of the best value prop­erty in France, es­pe­cially in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in­land such as Rostre­nen where the av­er­age house is €50,000. A four-bed­room Neo-bre­tonne house in the Côtes-d’armor town, on the mar­ket for €94,265, was the most viewed prop­erty over the last six months.

Manche in Nor­mandy is an­other pop­u­lar de­part­ment for bar­gain hun­ters, thanks to the high num­ber of at­trac­tive and good value prop­er­ties within easy reach of the north­ern ferry ports and two coast­lines.

Buy­ers are pre­pared to pay a bit more in Dor­dogne, Char­ente and other pop­u­lar Nou­velle Aquitaine depart­ments, which in­clude Lot-et-garonne, Haute-vi­enne and Deux-sèvres. A stone farm­house for €244,500 near Ju­mil­hac-le-grand in north-eastern Dor­dogne was one of the most viewed prop­er­ties, as was a smart vil­lage house with three bed­rooms and stu­dio apart­ment near Co­gnac in Char­ente, priced at €224,000.

Bud­gets climb higher as peo­ple look fur­ther south to­wards the Mediter­ranean. Fran­ce­prop­er­ visi­tors were not so in­ter­ested in Provence, the Riviera or Alps, but one of the most pop­u­lar cri­te­ria se­lected were houses in Oc­c­i­tanie for up to €450,000. The most pop­u­lar depart­ments, by some mar­gin, were Pyrénées-ori­en­tales and Hérault, which are loved for the Mediter­ranean beaches, fol­lowed by Aude and Tarn-et-garonne. Buy­ers in the re­gion were more likely than those in other re­gions to spec­ify that they wanted at least three bed­rooms and a pool.

This house in Côtes d’armor is among the most viewed

Lots of peo­ple loved this vil­lage house in Char­ente

A Dor­dogne prop­erty like this re­mains the dream of many

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