Say ‘Oui’ to a Home Abroad in the South of France


View of the August bridge in Albi, FranceOur thoughts are with France, this week, as we look at the region of Occitanie – a sunny region located in the south of the country.

Sextant, the network of French estate agents, describes it as “the department [region] where the transition from the cooler, wetter north to the dry hot south, is encapsulated.” How eloquently put!

If you are looking for a property to escape to at the weekends, then perhaps you will need to look no further…

Previously known as the Lot, this region has much to offer those looking to explore areas of scenic beauty. From walls the colour of honey, steep roofs and the small, flat tiles of the houses in the north, to the dazzling white stone and curved Roman tiles in the south, it’ll take your breath away.

You’ll find rows of vineyards, lining the majestic rivers. There are ancient villages to explore, and stunning chateaus surrounded by fields of golden sunflowers. Combined with the low-key agriculture and characteristic architecture, this region is a natural beauty to behold.

The top three most popular destinations in Occitanie, according to Tripadvisor, are currently Toulouse, Montpellier and Nimes. However, there are plenty of other gorgeous locations to explore.

You will never be short of places to visit, with cathedrals and chateaus aplenty, and a multitude of food and wine tours to partake in.

And then there are the markets – the Marche Victor Hugo in Toulouse and the Halles Castellane in Montpellier, to name a couple. The region is proud of its local produce – from truffles, to confit of duck and goose, to dark Cahor wines and Rocamadour goat’s cheese, you’ll discover a multitude of delights!

If you do decide to look for a property in the area, you will find plenty of choice. Currently, on Rightmove Overseas, you can get a six-bed five-bathroom period house, complete with a swimming pool and mountain view, for just under €300,000. Or, if you fancy something smaller, consider a detached three-bed house, just outside of Foix, for €160,000 – perfect for holidays!

And remember, if you decide to invest in a holiday home abroad, you will need to make sure that it is fully protected, with Holiday Home Insurance.

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