English Speaking Estate Agent in France
Welcome to agenceprincenoir.com, the English speaking estate agent in France, and French property website, for buyers looking to buy in central South-Western France. We offer a wide range of properties across all budgets - from renovation projects such as barns and houses just waiting for someone to come and revitalise them, to character properties such as country houses, stone farmhouses, and even chateaux that perhaps need just a lick of paint! We also offer rural, hamlet, village and town centre locations, so whatever you are looking for, I'm sure we'll have something special for you to look at.
Agence le Prince Noir is a fully registered, insured and independent French estate agency with an office located in the small but lively town of Chaillac. Being conveniently situated on the borders of the Limousin, Centre and Poitou Charentes regions, we cover the departments of the Indre and the Haute Vienne, and also stretch over to the eastern borders of the Vienne.
Recently, property hunters have woken up to the potential of Central France but in the past the area has been a little “off the beaten track” and so there are still some bargains to be had here. However, as you would expect, if you have a smaller budget, you will probably need to expect to do some renovation work to the property.
Finally, although the climate is generally warmer here than in the UK we can't always guarantee it – but we can always guarantee you a warm welcome at our office!
We are the actual French estate agent, not a middleman; and whilst we are English, we also speak French, as well as living and working here of course! We will take care of you throughout the whole buying process from property search and selection through to completion and moving in, and this includes arranging for your services to be connected! Our prices include the net vendor price (the sum that the vendor receives) and our estate agent fees, which is how French Estate agents will always display their prices. We can also let you know the cost of the Notaire's fees that you will need to pay on top of this, traditionally around 7% of the price shown. Our "carte professionelle" is issued by the CCI, number CPI 3601 2016 000 010 208.
What's in a name?
Why Le Prince Noir we hear you cry? – Well, the locals know just what we're talking about, but as you're probably not local here's a short explanation as to how we came by our name.
Back in 1337 a young man named John Chandos, already well known for his great bravery in battle, became counsel to Prince Edward, the future ‘Black Prince' (Prince Noir) of England. He was charged with the training of the Prince's army and was to lead them into many battles. At one such battle, after a planned surprise attack on the Abbey at St Savin in the Vienne, (that back fired when they lost their way in the night), he was mortally wounded by ‘Le Pont' on the river Vienne at Lussac-les-Châteaux, where we had our original office.
The tomb of John Chandos can still be found today, situated in Le Pont just down the road from that first office, and the English connection here in Lussac, as well as all over the region that we cover, is firmly fixed in history. This whole area is right on the borders of what used to be France and England in the Middle Ages and so we usually reassure our French neighbours that our name is not in fact a declaration of war, but an affirmation of the long history that the British have with this region !
The Poitou-Charentes is one of the sunniest parts of the French western coast and its mild climate makes it desirable to visit anytime. The scene is one of serenity, with vast horizons and wooded valleys, the soothing tranquillity of canals and the valley of the Vienne. It is the second most prominent region of France in terms of historic monuments and is renowned for its wealth of Romanesque art. Located less than half an hour from our office is Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe which houses a Romanesque abbey first erected in the 9th century and adorned with the finest and most complete series of murals painted in France. Retracing 31 scenes from the Bible, the beige and pink-toned paintings that decorate the nave are now on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
How to buy in France
This information is intended as a guide and should give you a good idea of what to expect with your own purchase. There may be some differences, but don't worry, we will be with you every step of the way. The whole procedure usually takes about three months from acceptance of your offer to final signature, but could take longer if a change of use certificate is required or if a mortgage is involved.
You've found ‘the one' and you make an offer, through the agent, for the property