Midi-Pyrenees Property Blog: News and Information from the region

PERIGORD NOIR – Meet Leggett Agent Juliette Bailey …

julietteIn 1999, my now-husband & I arrived in Sarlat – a little bit dusty and weary, with no particular plan in mind – and we never left. I discovered a passion for properties – selling and renting them – and worked for a lovely local agent.

Life was good for many years, the market was buoyant, and we had a lot of fun in the Dordogne sun. Eventually we bought our forever home in Daglan, got married, and had two sons – family then became my main focus, as it has a habit of doing. The result, however, is that I have experienced many aspects of the French system first-hand, and can share that knowledge with you. After the boys became more independent, I happily returned to immobilier, and would love the opportunity to help you find your piece of paradise.

We also have a little cottage to rent, which would make the perfect short-, medium- or long-term stop for house-hunters – especially if you’re arriving a little bit dusty and weary………. My area covers the Périgord Noir and the Bouriane, as I’m very close to the border between the SE Dordogne and NW Lot. It stretches from Sarlat in the north, St Cyprien to the west, south to Villefranche du Périgord, and over to Gourdon in the east; that’s just a very rough approximation.

This is a beautiful region, packed with stunning scenery, breathtaking chateaux, golden stone villages and medieval towns, and deeply relevant history dating back to prehistoric man – not to mention the elegant Dordogne river, carving her way gently through it all. Despite having lived here for more than 16 years, I never tire of the sight that greets me as I go ’round the bend in the road…….. which road, you ask? Any road! The medieval town of Sarlat-la-Canéda and its surrounding villages have been described as the jewels in the Périgord Noir’s crown. They are certainly very attractive; each with its individual character, and all with bustling weekly markets. Not surprisingly, the area is very popular.

The climate is not too extreme – hot and sunny in the summer and mostly mild winters; the food is gastronomic and locally produced (ducks and geese must outnumber even the tourists around here); the people are friendly and welcoming; and the pace of life is relaxed. So if you’re looking for a permanent home, a holiday home, or an investment opportunity, and you think the Dordogne could be the place for you, then please contact me.