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?

Property for Sale in Provence FranceCharacter properties in historic Avignon make the perfect second home all year round

A home from home where you can take refuge from the approaching British winter? For anyone serious about making this dream a reality, here are a few reasons why Winkworth International is all about buying property in Provence this Autumn.

France Weather

Between late February and December, temperatures in Provence rarely drop below 15 degrees. In addition to Provence’s long hot summers, September and October average between twenty-one and twenty-six degrees, making Provence a pleasant place to spend your Autumn too. Furthermore, Saint-Remy-de-Provence, a village in the heart of the region enjoys over three hundred annual days of sunshine.

The Weather (again)

During those long hot summers, you’ll want to be in a pool, on a lake or by the sea. So when the cooler weather comes it’s prime time to explore the bike trails, vineyards and cities. The foothills of the Alpilles Regional Natural Park are worth a visit just for the view but hiking and mountain-biking are the perfect autumn activity here and wherever you may be in the winter months, an alpine ski-resort is never far away. Which brings us to our next point.

Saint Paul Monastery
The Monastery of Saint Paul at Saint-Remy-de-Provence, made famous by Van Gogh

South of France Tourism

Tourism in the South of France is no longer confined to the summer season. As well as the traditional ski holiday, the rise of specialist tourism suits this region perfectly. Well into Autumn, “Foodie” tourists flock to the truffle harvests around Maussane-les-Alpes and wine lovers enjoy the fruits of the grape harvest at Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Meanwhile, there is enough history in the chapels and churches of Avignon - not to mention the monastery at Saint-Remy-de-Provence where Van Gogh stayed and painted - to keep history buffs occupied all year.

Whatever your reason for buying property in Provence, this growth of “discerning’’ tourism is an advantage. Buying into a strong local economy where you can enjoy living in a fascinating place as much of the year as you like, makes a strong incentive. And a marketable property with good holiday rental prospects is even more of an attractive proposition.

Villas for sale in provence
This hillside villa with pool in Maussane-les-Alpilles has excellent holiday rental potential

And Finally….

Whether a central apartment in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, an historic property on the outskirts of Avignon or a hilltop villa with pool in Maussane-les-Alpilles, property for sale in Provence has all the charm you would expect from this beautiful region. As bonne chance would have it, there is currently a range of accommodation on offer to suit the most diverse of budgets. So you can dream big or small and still make that dream a reality.

Winkworth International French estate agents will help you negotiate the French property market to identify the perfect Provençal location. Hurry, those first frosts are on their way!

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