The Daily Telegraph - Saturday - - PROPERTY -

With a nu­anced taste of quinces or prunes, this so­phis­ti­cated di­ges­tif hails from Gas­cony, a part of “La France pro­fonde” in the south west, south of Bordeaux and west of Toulouse. Aged for years in oak bar­rels, this is an an­cient type of brandy, first made in the 14th cen­tury. There is a mu­seum ded­i­cated to the eau-de­vie at Con­dom-enAr­magnac.

The area is a con­nois­seur’s choice for home-hunters too, says Ian Purslow of Knight Frank. “The chateaux and pro­duc­ers do tast­ings and help draw peo­ple to the area, but they also ap­pre­ci­ate the won­der­ful wines and cui­sine

[mainly foie gras and duck], and the jazz festival at Mar­ciac is the event of each sum­mer.”

The top end of the mar­ket is liveli­est, where homes are €1mil­lion (£900,000) to €2mil­lion. For­mer chan­cel­lor Nigel Law­son’s six-bed­room manoir is for sale here for €995,000.

You can get a 10-bed­room chateau with a hobby vine­yard for just over €2mil­lion, or a nicely ren­o­vated fivebed­room farm­house with a pool for €545,000 through Knight Frank.

RUS­TIC CHARMA house in Ar­magnac coun­try near Con­dom, France, main, €1.789m with Home Hunts

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