Rory Ramsden – Luxury French Property Finder & Buyer's Agent in south west France
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Le Manoir Reborn

The owners of Le Manoir des Couts in Poitou-Charentes recently renovated the 16th-century manor house. The original home was in a sad state but had many wonderful features including a beautiful front façade. The owners faced many challenges restoring such an old property. It took a skilled artisan to oversee the entire project. They decided to respect the integrity of the property and maintained its original design. They purchased furniture mostly on the Internet or on occasional road trips. They feel France is a bargain compared to Britain where properties are significantly more expensive.

Key Takeaways:

  • We used to live in Scotland so we needed our regular dose of sunshine. We often went to Provence out of season but we felt it would be too hot, busy, expensive and too far down south to actually settle there.
  • The Deux Sévres, just next door, has so much amazing heritage, yet it’s still a ‘best kept secret’, off the beaten tourist track, so property is very affordable and it’s still possible to find little gems!
  • When we bought our home, we knew nothing about ‘character’ stone properties but were told that several walls needed consolidating and many carved stone elements had to be replaced, so it became evident we had to find specialized, highly skilled artisans.

“Poitou-Charentes is southern but still ‘green enough’ – it’s said to be the second sunniest area in France.”

About the Author Rory

Rory Ramsden is a French property finder and buyer's agent working for high net worth private clients wishing to buy a chateau, manor or vineyard in the south west of France. He has lived in France for 8 years after spending time travelling the world on business.

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