CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to France Magazines today CLICK HERE

Estate agent interview: the Lot Valley

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 September 2014 | UPDATED: 16:48 06 January 2016

Saint-Geniez-d'Olt, on the banks of the Lot river in Aveyron © Emma Rawle

Saint-Geniez-d'Olt, on the banks of the Lot river in Aveyron © Emma Rawle

Archant

No-one knows the area like a local estate agent. We asked Jean-Stéphane Vilain, of Selection Habitat, for the inside track on the upper Lot Valley

What’s the cheapest property you have on your books right now?

In Aveyron we have a village property to be renovated with an attached barn and small garden for €25,000. A great project if you’re willing to do a bit of hard work.

What’s the most unusual property you have?

We have a very rare castle from the 11th and 15th centuries in Aveyron, totally restored with original features, a beautiful view on the surrounding countryside and full of history. It is really a special place, one of a kind and is extremely well priced at only €495,000.

How much would you expect to pay for:

A detached property with land in good condition?

In Aveyron in the region of €170,000, in Cantal and Lozère around €150,000.

A three-bedroom townhouse?

Again Aveyron is slightly more expensive at around €120,000, while Cantal and Lozère about €100,000.

A renovation opportunity?

In Cantal and Lozère I would expect to pay about €80,000 while in Aveyron about €100,000.

Is there a typical architecture or style in the area?

In the Marcillac wine-producing area of Aveyron the properties are built with red stone. It’s quite a contrast from the usual beige/grey stone. Cantal is known for its draping lauze-tiled roofing and Lozère is famous for its “Philibert” carpentry inspired by a boat’s hull.

Why do British people buy houses in the area?

Authenticity, sunshine, affordable properties… We’re in southern France but away from the crowds.

What tips would you give to help people settle into life in the area?

The most important advice I would give is to learn French as it will help you integrate into all areas of life in France. This is often understated but really necessary in my opinion. Secondly, participate and get involved in local village events and fêtes, if you open up to people they will open up to you. Lastly, I would say get a job. Working in France is a wonderful way to meet people, understand the culture and improve on language skills.

What are your predictions for the property market in the area?

My predictions are very optimistic! Over the last four months we have seen a large increase in the number of enquiries and sales from UK clients. Together with a 30% price drop since the economic crisis and the strong pound I am confident this will lead to more UK buyers.

What are the regional specialities?

There is a regional dish that spans these three departments: aligot. It is a hearty dish made with cheese and mashed potato – a favourite among adults and kids alike!

What’s your favourite corner of the area?

In Aveyron it would have to be Marcillac for its wine-production, and I have just recently discovered the village of Marcolès in Cantal where I was fortunate to find a very good traditional, gastronomic restaurant!

www.selectionhabitat.com

Read our interview with an estate agent in Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Complete France visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Complete France staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Complete France account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Article by Living France Living France

Subscribe for

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

France Forum

Questions about France? Visit our free France forum to get help and advice from thousands of other Francophiles and expats. Topics include: property, tax, law, travelling, pets, education, healthcare and much more.

Join the forum

Most Read

Join us on social media

France magazine
Living France magazine
French Property News magazine

Enter our competitions

Win books, DVDs, travel and even holidays in France in our great competitions! Take a look at our latest competitions…

Enter now