The Daily Telegraph - Saturday - - PROPERTY -

An ap­ple brandy that will perk up the mulled cider this Christ­mas, Cal­va­dos is named af­ter the depart­ment in Nor­mandy on France’s north­ern coast, which is also famed for its chalk cliffs, D-Day beaches and the Bayeux Ta­pes­try.

But does the area ex­cite prop­erty hunters? “Cal­va­dos has many ad­van­tages – it’s an ac­ces­si­ble lo­ca­tion for Chan­nel-hopping and Paris, with af­ford­able prop­erty prices, sig­nif­i­cant towns and stun­ning, peace­ful coun­try­side,” says Lisa Greene of Leggett Im­mo­bilier.

“The very strik­ing and pic­turesque colom­bage [half-tim­bered] homes are par­tic­u­larly ap­peal­ing to buy­ers, as is the whole area of Suisse Nor­mande, so named be­cause its hills and gorges re­sem­ble the Swiss Alps.”

Caen is a thriv­ing univer­sity town, while Houl­gate, Deauville and Hon­fleur are tra­di­tional sea­side towns that of­fer el­e­gance and year-round ac­tiv­ity. Greene adds: “The ex­pat prop­erty mar­ket is well de­vel­oped. Buy­ers spend €150,000 to €300,000 for hol­i­day homes, fam­ily houses and hos­pi­tal­ity busi­nesses.”

Au­tumn in Ar­magnac, above; be­low, a longère in Val­dal­lière, Cal­va­dos, is €167,400 with Leggett Im­mo­bilier

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