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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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saint-Tropez has been in and out of jet set fashion for as long as Winkworth International have been selling French property.
Throughout history, Portugal has forged close links around the world, from Great Britain to Africa and Asia to the Americas.
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.
Does working in one country, downtime in another and planning your retirement somewhere else sound familiar?
Your questions about why the Algarve is the perfect destination to invest in a retirement home answered by Winkworth International.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’ve recently bought property in Portugal with Winkworth International, we’d like to congratulate you. Perhaps at this very moment you’re sipping champagne and leafing through photos of your luxury villa in Carvoeiro or apartment in Praia da Luz.
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?
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.
With its haute cuisine, wine, iconic attractions and diverse landscape, France remains a prime destination for global property investors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Own a house in the UK and thinking of buying a second home this year? Avoid the additional stamp duty and buy overseas.
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.
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.
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!
Congratulations! You’ve made the decision, your UK home is up for sale, and you’re definitely doing it.
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.
We recently wrote a post that looked at things you need to consider if you are thinking of retiring abroad. This included researching the countries, researching the different locations and taking time to learn the language.