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Lifting the curtains on South West France’s hottest properties

Where are the most sought after property hotspots in South West France? Home Hunts has hundreds of luxury properties for sale in the Midi-Pyrénées and Aquitaine, but here are five hand-picked choices in some of the most coveted locations in South West France to enhance your property search.

The Midi-Pyrénées is the largest and possibly the most diverse region in France. With landscapes ranging from the wild, rocky valleys of the Lot to the picture-perfect countryside of Gers, the heart of Gascony, this is a region that offers a range of lifestyle choices.

Aquitaine is one of France’s most popular locations for buyers looking for property in South West France. It is home to around 6% of France’s population and runs alongside the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Pyrénées in the south to join Spain’s most northernmost border.

Vineyard opportunity near St Emilion

The number of buyers investing in wine businesses is increasing and Bordeaux – famous for its world class wines – is one of the most sought after property hotspots in South West France for vineyard investment. The Home Hunts team, through their vineyard-finding service, are ready to share contacts and know-how to help you find your perfect wine chateau. They also know how to find bargain wine businesses in Bordeaux, in some of the most expensive and coveted AOPs (Appellation d’Origine Protégée).


This stunning seven-bedroom château (HH-8958908) is located near the famous town of Saint Emilion. With 40 hectares dedicated to Côtes de Castillon and Bordeaux Supérieur it has so much to offer the right owner, as well as the possibility to rent 12 further hectares. The property is a beautiful 18th century chartreuse with three wine-making chais, a barrel cellar and storage room, as well as a swimming pool and tennis court. Continue reading

4 Things to Consider Before Buying Property in France

If you are looking to invest in a French Property then you are probably going to feel overwhelmed by the number of available options, choices and decisions you’ll need to make. Finding the perfect property in the best location for your budget takes a lot of work and knowledge of French property market! For this reason, it’s important to have a professional on your side who can offer you their expert advice and opinion especially when it comes to understanding the local area and the property buying process in France.

When you are trying to choose property from abroad it can be difficult, it is therefore essential that you visit France to scope out the regions and styles of homes before making any final decisions. For this reason, it makes sense to work with a French property search specialist like Home Hunts. They will be able to do a lot of the property hunting for you based on your wants and needs. However, even with the help of an expert property specialist you are going to need to ask yourself some questions so you can narrow down the type of French property you’d like to buy and where that property should be located.

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The Perfect Place to Buy French Property: Provence

Looking for a Provence property guide? Here are three Provence locations – and scorching hot property suggestions – which offer smart real estate investment opportunities in one of the most sought after destinations in the world.

Provence property guide

Landscapes resplendent with olive groves, lavender and vineyards; a glittering coastline drenched with sunshine for more than 300 days each year; and the promise of a relaxed Provençal lifestyle filled with bustling markets and fine local wine – Provence has long been a dream location to own property.

But where are the best places to buy property in Provence? Property along the Provence coast, in cities such as Fréjus, and in the Luberon – where unforgettable Provençal gems such as Isle-sur-la-Sorgue can be found – offer stable investment opportunities as demand never dwindles.

Villages such as Fontvieille on the southern side of the Alpilles is also increasing in popularity. This area not only offers buyers more for their money, but it has performed extremely well over the last few years even when the market was challenged. Continue reading

Lifting the curtains on Cap d’Antibes’ property hotspots

A lush, green paradise and an idyllic location for a property on the French Riviera, Cap d’Antibes is one of the most desirable places to live on the Riviera. Home to Roman Abramovich, who owns the impressive Château de la Croë, this 6km-long peninsula has, over the years, attracted a long list of royalty, celebrities and literati. Guy de Maupassant, Ernest Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor are just a few famous names among the many who have chosen to reside here over the years. The world-renowned Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc is also found here, which is always packed out with stars and the global elite, especially during the Cannes Film Festival.

So where are the property hotspots in Cap d’Antibes? Such a small, upmarket area means that most of its properties are located somewhere special, but here are some links to those in locations that stand out from the coveted crowd. Continue reading

Lifting the Curtain on France’s Hottest Vineyards

During the past few years, there has been a notable increase of buyers interested in purchasing a vineyard in France. Some have their heart set on a quaint, traditional stone residence while others dream of a spacious, renovated farmhouse. Whichever you choose, prestige and a lifestyle overhaul are just the beginning of the benefits that come with owning vineyard property.

Bordeaux’s Master Home and Holiday House

Bordeaux vineyards produce 55 of the most popular wines in the world, sell 700 million bottles each year and yield more classed wine than anywhere else in France. As the world’s largest vine region, there are over 123,000 hectares of vineyards with diverse soil, climates and varietals.


This master house and accompanying two bedroom holiday home in the Aquitaine region of Bordeaux come with 1.5 hectares of young Merlot vines that produce 9,000 bottles of Bordeaux Superieur annually. The main home has a reception area with both a living room and lounge; a stone staircase that leads to five bedrooms, most of which have their own washroom; two additional bedrooms on the second floor. The property also includes 16th century stables and pigeon houses, a swimming pool and pool house, a sauna, and a spa.

Noteworthy Vineyards in Provence


Provence, home to luxury vineyards and chateaux, basks in a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters. Located in the Gigondas region, this chateau and vineyard has an unbeatable drive that’s lined with century-old trees. Two turreted towers flank the home and there’s an adjoining, three-level farmhouse. A Roman chapel sits on the property as well and a small river that borders the grounds on the west. Grenache and Syrah varietals grow in the six-hectare vineyard, which is plated on limestone soil.


Terraces, a private garden, mountain views and an open fireplace are only half the appeal of this Vaucluse vineyard. The 14-hectare property has ten hectares of vineyards that bear Syrah and Viognier grape varieties. There’s also a cellar with storehouses for barrels and wine-making; thermo-regulated tanks; a gatehouse; an agricultural shed; and a complete set of well-maintained equipment.

St Tropez’s Extensive Vineyard Estate


Located in Saint-Tropez, this 22-hectare vineyard is set on 45 hectares of land, which also includes two wineries, an olive yard and a wine cellar. The property’s mansion has six bedrooms, four bathrooms and two living rooms, plus a connecting three-bedroom service apartment. There are also five guest houses, a pool and pool house, and a complete infrastructure for horses.

Vines and Olive Trees in Languedoc

Located in Narbonne, an area known for its art and culture, this petite estate offers a refreshing, new way of life. Produce both wine and olive oil on grounds that are compact enough to maintain with just two people. Vineyard living doesn’t always have to be large-scale and grand; it can sometimes be simple and modest. Approximately 5,000 plants are located across 1.5 hectares, producing approximately 8,000 bottles of both red and white wine and complemented by an underground winery.

Three of the best property hotspots in Saint Tropez

As the summer cools down, Saint Tropez’s property market is hotting up…

As property prices continue rise in the world’s most expensive cities, their property markets are slowing down. This is leading more and more international buyers to search property hotspots in Saint Tropez and the Riviera for real estate investment opportunities.

Saint Tropez has always been one of the most coveted locations on the Riviera and more than half of the properties in this exclusive corner of the Côte d’Azur are second homes. While it is also one of the most expensive places to buy property in the world, certain changes in the French property market mean that buyers can currently afford to buy properties that might previously have been unattainable. Continue reading

Top 11 Things to Do in the French Riviera

Synonymous with luxury, the French Riviera attracts all types of people from international royalty and Hollywood’s elite to travelers on holiday, artists, writers and people who love living the good life. Bathed in sunshine, this beautiful area has near-perfect climate year-round, making it the ideal location for a full-time residence or a getaway home. Whether you’ll be in the French Riviera permanently or temporarily, you’ll want to know which events and attractions to add to your itinerary.

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Top Tips on House-Hunting at the French Property Exhibition

french-property-exhibition-logoThis years French Property exhibition will be held at Olympia Central, London between 18th-20th September 2015. The event is one of the largest and most informative property events in the UK and a must for those looking for advice about France’s buying process, the different locations to purchase property and which financial and legal issues need to be taken into consideration.

To get the most out of this up and coming property event it is important to use both your head and your heart when searching for a new home. Knowing what to expect and how to react will help you leave the exhibition with the information you need. Four primary considerations are location, property type, the buying process and what your next step should be.
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