How Many Property Finding Days Till Christmas???

Autumn seems to have come to Deux- Sèvres at last. Finally, the leaves are beginning to take on glorious red, orange and amber hues, bonfire smoke drifts lazily across the freshly -ploughed dark fields and creatures large and small prepare to snuggle up for the winter.

All this means, of course, that I’ve got a great excuse to cuddle on the sofa spending cosy afternoons reflecting on the events of the summer and getting down to some intensive work on the novel.

Well….you’d think that’d be the case. However, for me, the start of autumn has heralded an unexpected burst of activity on the Property Finding front. The ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ has, so far, seen me speeding down country lanes, tramping through fallen leaves and busily chasing up properties for several clients who are really keen for me to find their ideal home in our little corner of France.

Whether this unseasonal burst of interest owes much to the fact that our region – Poitou Charentes -has recently been listed as one of the Top 10 Regions to Visit by the Lonely Planet Guide – alongside exciting locations such as Borneo, Nova Scotia and the Mayan trail in South America, I can’t say. It certainly looks, however, as if more house hunters are waking up to the hidden charms of the area, realising that our peaceful countryside with its gently flowing rivers and warm micro – climate can provide a great lifestyle at prices that are still lower than the national average.

That said, it’s time to get off the sofa, enjoy a quick coffee on the terrace then back into the car. This time I’m en route to a village which not only has a nice little stone cottage for sale but also a baker who produces the best almond croissants I’ve ever tasted. Obviously, I shouldn’t even think of buying any but…in the interests of supporting the local boulangerie…it would be rude not to!


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