Dordogne is the northernmost department of Aquitaine, in the south west of France. Covering the former province of Perigord, Dordogne has become an ever popular destination for French property buyers. Indeed, you cannot help being seduced by Dordogne's diverse cultural heritage, fantastic cuisine, lovely rolling countryside and beautiful scenery!
The Dordogne department of France is deeply steeped in history and as a result, the local property market offers a great choice of traditional houses. Dordogne covers the four areas referred to as Perigord Noir, Perigord Blanc, Perigord Vert and Perigord Pourpre. The whole département benefits from the regional train and air transport links. The main European low cost airlines are now connecting Bordeaux Merignac and Bergerac to London and Southampton; the neighbouring Limoges airport is another quick and easy way to get to the northern tip of the region (Green Perigord).
Dordogne Property Market was highly boosted until 2007 but has tended to slow down since then. This northeast portion of Aquitaine remains the cheapest of the region although it boasts some valuable property styles really sought-after by foreign buyers.
The average housing prices have come down to €1,460/square metre (for ancient apartments, i.e. €150,000 for an ancient traditional house in average). Although Périgueux and Bergerac remain the main cities of the department, second house buyers - and more precisely British people - are much seduced by quaint small towns like Sarlat (or Sarlat-la-Canéda). It is not a surprise then to see property prices rising nearby whilst the property market in areas far afield developed at a slower pace.
Slowed demand and lack of skilled professionals made renovation costs soar so this became quite restrictive.
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Given its natural scenery, limestone plateaux and cliffs, Dordogne is nowadays an appealing destination for those who long for enjoying the French art de vivre! Whether for a second home or an investment, Dordogne property is still a good value and not much touristic hitherto - the perfect place to carve out an idyllic life in France.
Historical heritage: Dordogne is littered with authentic castles or chateaux, small fortified towns, manors and houses with towers, but the best known sight is the Lascaux caves ("Grottes de Lascaux" in French) in the Black Perigord.
Gourmet food: the Perigord is mainly renowned for its agricultural areas and vineyards. Do not miss the local fine wines (from Purple Perigord), truffles (Black Perigord), cepe mushrooms and terrific duck and goose products!
Dordogne River: there are 6 waterways across the Dordogne department in total, offering outstanding valleys - such as the Vézère's - as well as sterling conditions for water activities like canoeing, kayaking, sailing or even fishing.
Lifestyle: it is no accident that Perigord is now foreign buyers' favourites, the local leisurely lifestyle and welcoming people also justify Dordogne's increasing popularity. Do enjoy the region while it is not much filled with tourists!
Location: sharing border with the Corrèze, Midi Pyrénées and Poitou-Charentes regions, Dordogne has a perfect central position, ideal for touring throughout the French countryside and getting to the sea or to the mountain areas quite quickly.
Bergerac property: despite the damages caused during the wars of religion, this market town retains the charm of the traditional south west France - including a huge, lesser-known chateau of Tiregand. Many cultural events have been organised there since the successful Edmond Rostand's play, Cyrano de Bergerac, was exhibited.
Brantôme property: retaining the charm of the ancient 15th-century southern towns, Brantôme(close to Périgueux) features former mills, small cobbled streets and a weekly market where you would find all Perigord gourmet products.
Montignac property: renowned for being a lively place to stay when visiting the famous Lascaux Caves. Close to the Corrèze border, this lovely village also hosts a great weekly market and a popular folk music festival every year in July.
Périgueux property: capital city of the Dordogne departement, Perigueux offers a lovely pedestrian old quarter - mark of the past Roman history - and an authentic homely atmosphere.
Sarlat property: great example of the French "bastides", this small town is renowned for its historical buildings, sand-coloured houses with lauze roofs and winding cobblestone streets. The small houses built into the rock at Les Eyzies is a must-visit nearby.
Dordogne is part of the most traditional departments of France, boasting character property and preserved architectural history. Highly appreciated by British people who seek typical French property, the so-called "Dordognshire" or "Little Britain" offers picturesque villages and authentic fortified towns (Aquitaine bastides).
Chateaux and castles: the local legends relate that the thousands of chateaux in the Dordogne valley were distributed by God but in fact, they were not all purpose built castles. Some of them were fortified farmhouses with turrets and towers when others - such as the Château de Val - accounted for the French Chateau architecture.
Maisons du Périgord Noir: this particular, prestigious property style is one of the Black Perigord's feature. Nearby the town of Sarlat, these agricultural dwellings are typically massive buildings built of limestone with pigeonholes in the eves of the steeply pitched roof. You may find small hamlets around Beynac and Cazenac.
Pigeonniers: proper to the Périgourdin scenery, the French pigeonniers boast many architetural styles in Dordogne. These dovecotes are traditionally circular, with dripstones for the rain water to run off and "attic windows" for the pigeons to fly away. They used to belong to cereal-farm buildings as storage rooms for food and manure.
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