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Property news from Tuscany – cultural delights in Lucca

If you own a Tuscany property, you’ll already have seen the artistic, historic and religious riches that form the light and shade of Tuscan life.

Move to an apartment in Lucca for affordable dolce vita

At Winkworth Italy, we sell Tuscan property to international buyers with a broad range of budgets. Over many years, we’ve built an extensive knowledge of areas in Tuscany that promise a little extra for your money.

News from Portugal - Algarve property

Unemployment figures in Portugal have fallen below the eurozone average for the first time in years, CNBC reports. Meanwhile, in the past year, tourism in Portugal is said to have grown at twice the rate of that in Spain. 

A picture perfect mas property in Provence

Great artists throughout history have been inspired by le mas, a farmhouse commonly found in rural Provence. If you’re buying countryside property in Provence, it’s likely you’ve been captivated by this distinctive type of stone house too.

A Tuscany home with a must-have kitchen

If you’re buying a property in Tuscany, your choice is sure to be influenced by those ambrosial foods for which the region is famous. Sun-ripened fruits, olives, prosciutto and porcini are just some of the local ingredients found in speciality dishes that have visitors to Tuscany rushing to the nearest trattoria.

Move to...an Algarve villa for your retirement

At Winkworth Portugal, we relish a retirement property brief. After all, the beauty of retirement in the Algarve is that you don’t have to downsize. Here, your budget will buy a spectacular amount of square footage, leaving you to enjoy a superior lifestyle in the sun supported by affordable living costs, excellent health care and superb travel links.

News from France - Paris apartments

As at least 70,000 finance jobs are predicted to move from London to Paris, our Winkworth France property experts predict an increase in demand for Paris apartments. Read on for our international news round up.

Read all about it - our love affair with Tuscan property

How do you “do” Florence with small children? What’s the buzz about chilled Chianti, and - the greatest mystery of them all - just why do Tuscans live forever? 

Where will my Algarve villa take me today?

If you think a villa in the Algarve is the typical sun, sea and sand holiday property, you’re in for a surprise, say Winkworth International. It really is the gateway to Portugal and beyond.

Make a long term investment in Lot property

Are you looking for property to buy in Lot? Look no further, says Winkworth International’s David King. "For an outstanding quality of life in the idyllic Aquitaine region, Lot property should be on your shortlist."

A luxury villa is your gateway to the best of Cyprus

Investing in a luxury new-build villa in Paphos is the beginning of a beautiful adventure. Chancing on a fabulous new beach, restaurant or golf-course is the best bit when you own holiday property in Cyprus. Here are a few of Winkworth International’s favourites.

Why buy property on Lake Geneva?

Presenting a winning mix of town and country, Western Europe’s largest lake - known by French speakers as Lac Léman - is bordered by waterfront apartments, fairytale châteaux and cosy swiss cottages. So is a property in a place like this right for you? David King, Winkworth’s Head of International property, has the answers.

Poolside homes in Provence

Maybe it’s the lavender fields - or is it the olive groves? Perhaps it’s the country lanes and the village squares. Then again, it could be that cold glass of Rosé amongst the roses. Whatever it is about sun-baked summer in Provence, if you’ve holidayed in France’s beautiful south you’ll understand it’s special charm.

Put Cyprus in your retirement plan

Thinking of moving abroad to make your pension go further? Now more than ever, careful retirement planning is crucial. Let Winkworth International help you on your way with five reasons to choose retirement in Cyprus.

Algarve property is your golden ticket to an EU passport - part two

In the last installment of our golden visa series, we brought you the facts on Portugal’s citizenship by investment programme. Now, we give you the benefit of our experience in exceptional Portugal property that makes the most of your investment.

French Alps property is a great investment

How many times have you been on a snow holiday and thought a ski chalet in the French Alps would be a great investment? It’s bound to have crossed your mind, especially as currency fluctuations can render vacations - particularly during the school holidays - extremely pricey.

Why buy in a Tuscan city? Your questions answered

If you’ve fallen in love with Tuscany’s hillside villages, vineyards and olives groves you might well believe a countryside property is the only one for you.

Algarve property is your golden ticket to an EU passport - part one

The Portuguese government has been reviving its property market through foreign investment since 2012, tempting overseas property buyers with the golden ticket that is citizenship and an EU passport.

Three ways to make Saint-Tropez property work for you

Saint-Tropez has been in and out of jet set fashion for as long as Winkworth International have been selling French property. 

Choose Carvoeiro for your Golden Visa investment

Throughout history, Portugal has forged close links around the world, from Great Britain to Africa and Asia to the Americas.

Golden investment in Cyprus: Part two

Cyprus offers two visa programs through property investment, Cypriot Citizenship and Cypriot Permanent Residency. Last month, Winkworth International explored investment in new developments in Cyprus as a way to secure Cypriot Citizenship

Why now is the time to sell Paris property

If you’re considering selling your property in Paris, you’ll be interested in Winkworth International’s round-up of recent news from London. After months of (not so) discreet advertising, Europlace, France’s finance industry lobbyists, hosted a conference at The Shard earlier this month to lure London financiers to Paris.

Golden investment in Cyprus: Part one

Does working in one country, downtime in another and planning your retirement somewhere else sound familiar? 

Invest in an Algarve sunset with change to spare

Your questions about why the Algarve is the perfect destination to invest in a retirement home answered by Winkworth International.

Méribel, Courchevel and the changing face of French Alps property

The French Alps ski-season is in full swing with snow conditions around the legendary Three Valleys (Les Trois Vallées) resorts of Courchevel and Méribel at their finest. So, if you’d like 600km of pistes - linking Courchevel, Méribel and other Three Valleys resorts - on your doorstep, read on.

Invest in a future-proof French property

ski-chalet in The Alps

If you're thinking of buying French property, read on for a few pointers on how to invest in a deluxe home which is future proof.

Portugal property for your Xmas list

property in Praia da luz

The beauty of buying property in Portugal is that it really is for Christmas. Try visiting in early December, when local markets from Porches to Carvoeiro take on a distinctly festive feel or on New Year's Eve (Vespera de Ano Novo), which is celebrated nationwide with fireworks and music.

Tuscan homes for buyers with green fingers

If you have green-fingered ambitions, a property in Tuscany might just be the ideal home for you. A warm, sunny climate, abundant water sources flowing down from the mountains and loose clay-like soil makes this region the perfect environment for plants, trees and vines to take root.

Perfect Portugal property to retire to

From climate to low living costs, competitive health care and a mere two and a half hour flight from the UK, we’ve enthused before about the multitude of benefits you’ll reap by choosing to retire to Portugal and if further proof of its attractions were needed, this sun soaked country at Europe’s southwesternmost point has once again been voted the most popular retirement destination in the world.

Five famous quotes to live by in Paris

1. “Paris is always a good idea” - Audrey Hepburn

Whether you’re increasing your property portfolio or moving to France for work, a robust economy is just one factor in its favour. Paris is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and global humanitarian organisations, affording diverse job-opportunities to well-qualified French speakers.

Distinctive properties in Lucca

Ancient cities, Roman coliseums, classical piazzas, unparalleled art, culinary delights, vineyards, rolling hills, rugged coastlines and snow-capped mountains…..an endless list of the attractions that dazzle visitors to Italy with their beauty, while the layers of history and colour beneath the surface charm make them long to stay.

Provence properties for all seasons

Do you remember your summer holiday with nostalgia, dreaming of an escape to sunny southern climes? The opportunity to refresh yourself with food, culture and gentle activity amidst a Mediterranean landscape a short flight from the UK?

Exploring Cyprus - Make Paphos Your Starting Point

Thinking of buying property in Paphos? Lucky you! Whether you’re planning a permanent home here or a holiday getaway, your “to-explore” list will be endless.

Medal-worthy investment opportunities in Portugal’s sports resorts

With the nation basking in the afterglow of Olympic sporting success, we turn our attention to property investment opportunities afforded by world-class sports resorts across the Algarve.

Why Nice is ideal for your second home

Foreign buyers eager to invest in a second home in France and especially on the Côte d'Azur are drawn to Nice, the glamorous capital of the French Riviera. The French properties in this city where old-world charm and urbanisation go hand in hand are stunning and offer panoramic views of the Mediterranean.

Buying French property post Brexit - Know your rights

With its haute cuisine, wine, iconic attractions and diverse landscape, France remains a prime destination for global property investors. 

Cyprus - Europe's best investment destination

This Mediterranean island with its subtropical climate, beautiful beaches, vineyards and pine-clad mountains is fast becoming one of Europe’s best kept secrets. Added to this, tax and crime rates are low and virtually everyone speaks English.

Burgau - The Algarve’s hidden gem

Located in Western Algarve, this hidden gem with its golden beaches, cobbled pathways and tranquil village centre is a stunning place to live. Quaint whitewashed houses, fishermen mending torn nets and colourful boats bobbing about on the waves are trademark characteristics of this coastal town, popular for its unspoilt beauty.

Why Portugal is a great place to spend your golden years

Located along the Mediterranean, this beautiful country with its sandy beaches, world-class golf resorts, high-quality wines and sunny climate has so much to offer. 

Defining French property boundaries

France - with its bastides nestled among fragrant Lavender fields, châteaux and exclusive waterfront homes on the glittering Côte d'Azur - has caught the eye of foreign buyers eager to enjoy a taste of the French lifestyle - skiing in snow capped Alps, sampling haute cuisine and local wines and exploring the exquisite art housed in some of the world’s best museums.

New Developments in Paphos

This stunning Mediterranean island with its pine-clad mountains, vineyards, world-class golfing facilities and Golden Visa program has caught the eye of foreign investors who are snapping up Cyprus properties.

Portugal property for 2016 in Carvoeiro

Popular with holidaymakers looking for a scenic vacation spot, golf enthusiasts eager to tee off on the nearby championship golf courses and British retirees looking for a second home close to family and friends, this tranquil sun-drenched seaside town with its cobbled streets and chic nightclubs is finding favour with foreign buyers seeking to purchase investment properties.

New Developments in Downtown Miami

White sandy beaches, trendsetting nightclubs frequented by A-Listers, a sizzling street scene and colourful art deco architecture ensure Miami properties are sought-after by buyers looking for luxurious new developments in the USA.

Buying a second home in France; Is this the right time to invest?

The glittering Côte d'Azur, picturesque villages on vine clad hills and a sizzling nightlife scene in Paris attract hordes of international buyers in search of well-appointed French holiday homes.

Avoid the additional UK stamp duty and buy overseas.

Own a house in the UK and thinking of buying a second home this year? Avoid the additional stamp duty and buy overseas.

Top picks in Tuscany - Great Italian homes to buy

Considered to be one of the most beautiful regions of the world, Tuscany is home to some of the most famous cities in the world including Pisa and Florence.

Why You Should Move Abroad, Whatever Age You Are

The desire to move abroad isn’t just the distant dream of pensioners anymore, as two-thirds of Brits under the age of 40 are considering taking the leap. 

Submit your claim!

Yesterday it was confirmed by the European Court of Justice that charges imposed by the French government on foreigners who sold or rented out houses from 2012 is illegal!

How To Keep In Touch When You Move Abroad

If you’re browsing the Winkworth website in the hope of finding a property for sale in Portugal, or another foreign country, it’s likely that one of the big reasons you haven’t made the leap just yet is the fear of impending homesickness.