DORDOGNE – Meet the Agent: Sally WEST
I have always been a Francophile and from an early age I spent wonderful holidays in France. I fulfilled my dream to actually live in this wonderful country several years ago. When our offspring reached the age when they were no longer dependent on us, my husband and I decided to search for a property which would become our home and double as a business. We were lucky to find a beautiful manor house in the Charente which we rent out in the summer season and in addition we offer chambres d’hotes. I am fortunate to be a fluent French speaker and having personal experience of buying and selling houses over the years and renovating as well, I am the ideal person to assist in helping individuals in their search for property in the Charente area. We were drawn to this particular region for several reasons; the countryside is stunning with its beautiful rolling landscape and perfect climate; moreover the area offers a wealth of wine, pineau and cognac together with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables providing gastronomic delights. I would be delighted to help you find your dream property whether for a holiday house or a permanent home.
My area …
I live in south Charente close to the market town of Chalais near to Aubeterre sur Dronne, voted one of the most beautiful villages of France. The area is certainly a most attractive place to set down roots or buy a holiday home and there seem to be countless hidden villages with some true gems of property ready to be snapped up. The climate here is just perfect – summer comes early and good weather extends well into October. In the winter the skies are often a bright blue and it is ideal weather for going on long walks in the rolling countryside; for the more active there is kayaking on nearby rivers, horse riding, fishing, golf …. We are lucky to be fairly close to the Dordogne border, Bordeaux, an elegant city with its airport and of course an important wine producing area, St Emilion, a quaint town so famous for its wonderful vintages and Cognac, for brandy and of course the aperitif pineau. What more could you ask? This corner of France seems to me to be heaven; in the summer there are fields of bright sunny sunflowers, ripening wheat and maize that cannot fail to please any visitor.