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."
History and outstanding natural beauty meet at the Valentré bridge on the River Lot
International buyers have long been captivated by its enchanting villages, medieval cities and swathes of stunning countryside. Now, Winkworth’s portfolio of Aquitaine property makes it possible to live your dream of a beautiful forever home in France.
Country, city or both?
Happily, the choice of country or city property is one you won’t have to make in Lot. In this peaceful area of south west France, you’re never far from verdant vineyards, undulating meadows or the meandering River Lot. Take a drive just ten minutes from Lot’s capital city of Cahors, for example, and you’ll find yourself deep in countryside all the way to the historic town of Figeac.
Enjoy the view from this property with pool and pigeonniere, deep in the heart of the Aquitaine countryside
Buy property in Cahors itself and your everyday life will be characterized by history dating back to Roman times, taking in a golden age of medieval architecture along the way. The fourteenth century Valentré Bridge and a weekly market of cheeses, truffles and Malbec wines are equal attractions in this relatively unknown city, making a wonderful antidote to urban living as many of us know it.
Extend your search east, meanwhile, to include property for sale in Figeac, and you’ll travel through the Causses du Quercy Regional Natural Park and the perched village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. This is Lot countryside at its most scenic, and Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is even on the official list of the most beautiful villages in France.
A stunning farm building conversion in the grounds of a larger Cazals property
Quintessential village life lives on in Lot and the bastide village of Cazals is no exception. Its market square, bakery, bar and tabac are complemented by a museum and even a bathing lake. Cycling and trekking in the nearby countryside are popular community activities. Considering its numerous attractions, Cazals property offers value for money and development potential too. Stone farm houses and gites frequently come with outbuildings and land, which will appeal if your dream of a new life in France includes a renovation project.
More of a small town than a village, the hilltop settlement of Gourdon, with its timbered houses and turrets is another of our Lot property hotspots. If it’s a fairytale Aquitaine Château you’re looking for, you might just find it here.
Look no further than Winkworth International if you dream of a French country kitchen like this
Making your long term investment work
Lot and the neighbouring departments of Lot-et-Garonne, Tarn and Tarn-et-Garonne remain distinctively French while attracting both tourists and international buyers - particularly British, Belgian and Spanish expats. South West France is served by Toulouse and other international airports, with regular flights from the Middle East, North and South America and a number of European destinations such as the UK. Its cultural and culinary attractions, coupled with a multitude of leisure opportunities in a temperate climate only enhance its eternal appeal. These factors add up to a reassuringly stable property market.
However, Winkworth International have been selling property in France for enough years to know that successful relocation takes planning. "Invariably, we advise learning French, researching local schools, builders and other necessary practicalities before you buy,” says David King. "This is where our lengthy experience of French property will benefit you.” To begin your Lot property search, contact our Winkworth France office.
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