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Looking to buy a holiday home in SW France? You are not alone.

We all fancy a holiday home in the countryside don’t we, and where better than Nouvelle Aquitaine in South West France?

It has stunning countryside, safe and sandy beaches, glorious river valleys and a temperate climate. Add in colourful markets, stocked full of fresh local produce and you have the perfect ingredients for a holiday home.

You will find that you are not alone in your desire though and prices are rising, whilst available stock is falling. New data from a number of different sources (including the Notaires de France) shows that rural house prices are rising faster than those in the cities – for the first time ever.

This change has been driven by the recent pandemic as buyers look for tranquil locations and more spacious accommodation. They are also seeking places with a home office and good broadband access, so that they can work from home.

And, if you are going to work from home, then why not do it somewhere as pretty as the towns and villages of Nouvelle Aquitaine? From Brantome (pictured above) to Saint Emilion and from Royan to Aubeterre sur Dronne there are literally hundreds of “chocolate box pretty” places to choose.

Get in quick though, in the 12 months to September 2021 house prices in rural communes jumped by 6.4% (while prices in Paris actually fell by 1.5%, after years of steep rises). Seaside resorts have jumped by over 12% so La Rochelle, Royan, Arcachon, Bayonne and Biarritz are all in strong demand.

Why not go to www.leggettfrance.com to begin your search and, of course, once you have found your dream home you will want someone local to look after it for you – come and say hi at hello@leggettpm.fr and we’ll tell you if we have anyone nearby.