From swanky hotels on the banks of the River Seine in Paris, to rustic country retreats with open fireplaces surrounded by miles of lavender fields, France offers something to suit every couple’s tastes this Valentine’s Day. It is also home to some incredibly romantic properties – perfect for those looking to buy a second home or fulltime residence to keep the love alive all year round.
Fleur Buckley, the Property Services Manager at premium French property agent FrenchEntree, says: “Whether your idea of romance is a fairytale chateau with formal gardens, a period apartment just steps from the Seine, or a cosy chalet in the mountains with an open fireplace, France has the perfect property. French is widely known as the language of love and the country’s properties certainly further its reputation as the home of romance.”
French is not just rumoured to be the language of love, its position as such is backed up by data from Google. According to Google Translate, 34 in every 1,000 French phrases that are translated are of a romantic nature, putting the language ahead of every other in terms of its romantic credentials. After “bonjour”, “je t’aime” is the most requested French translation.
It is also the most visited country in the world, attracting some 82.6m visitors in 2016, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNTWO). And for those who want more than a holiday from the home of romance, a French property is the perfect answer.
Buckley shares what buyers are loving most about French property so far in 2018: “Brittany and Languedoc-Roussillon have so far been the two most popular regions for new enquiries, accounting for 13% and 12% of all enquiries respectively. Brittany remains steady even in the colder months, as buyers are accepting of the variable weather and cooler temperatures – so the region doesn’t see as much seasonal variation in sales as the warmer southern areas. The Languedoc region is popular thanks to low cost flights from the UK, which mean that buyers can take advantage of school holidays and long weekends to visit their second home.
“As the pound stabilises and fluctuations in its value decrease, buyers have felt more comfortable in increasing their budgets. Compared to this period last year, we’ve seen an average 12% increase in budget. This reflects buyers’ increased confidence in the French market (which went from strength to strength last year), as well as what they can afford at current rates.”
She continues: “When it comes to the most popular areas of Paris, the fashionable 16th arrondissement, the historic Marais and the fabulously Parisian Saint-Germain-des-Prés all look set to attract buyers in their droves in 2018.
“If France is the home of romance, then Paris is unquestionably the city of love. From rendezvous in impossibly chic pavement cafés to strolls along the river as evening falls, past incredible buildings oozing with history, it is a city that charms lovers of all ages and nationalities – and it seems that its property market does the same. According to Insee, 20% of Parisians are immigrants, reflecting the city’s vast international appeal.”
With love in the air this month, are you inspired to purchase a place in the country of romance?
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