Ryanair Introduces New Stansted Flights to Toulouse as it Becomes Capital of New “Super Region”
Soon after France announced its reshuffle of new administrative regions, Ryanair introduces a daily service from Stansted to Toulouse Blagnac to take effect in November 2016. On 1st January France’s 22 regions were reduced to 13. The Midi-Pyrénées is henceforth joined by Languedoc-Roussillon, with Toulouse taking-over Montpellier’s title as the capital of this new “super region”.
New flight routes are an indicator of increased visitor numbers to a region and often followed by a surge of interest in holiday home ownership. The new affordable flight route thus bodes well for La Durantie, a historic chateau development situated near Albi in the Tarn department, just 50 minutes (84 km) from Toulouse. With three different airline providers now offering services from London airports to Toulouse Blagnac, the neighbouring rural areas of Cathar country are likely to come onto the radar of more British Francophiles.
The newly merged region will soon boast combined economic prosperity as both Midi-Pyrénées and Languedoc-Roussillon are leaders in research and innovation; specialising in aeronautics, space, agriculture and health. Toulouse is home to France’s pioneering aerospace industry, including the global leader Airbus Group and the country’s fastest-growing population, so it is no surprise ‘La Ville Rose’ has been elected the new regional capital.
Steeped in culture and history, this new region encompasses some of France’s “Grandes Sites” including the Cité de Carcasonne, the episcopal city of Albi (UNESCO World Heriatge Site) built around the original cathedral, the Gorges du Tarn and the Gorges du Gardon. It is expected that the eventual name, to be determined in 2016, will be “Occitanie”, a historical reference to varieties of Occitan spoken in both regions until the nineteenth Century, with the language still in use in some villages today.
The region appeals to those seeking authentic French living. Jan Lawson (53 years) of North Yorkshire who bought a 2 bedroom holiday home at La Duranie says:
“I was particularly attracted to the Tarn because it offers the opportunity to experience the real France by integrating with the locals, and meet other adventurous expats who have discovered this hidden beauty spot. Additionally, La Durantie particularly appealed to me as the Country Club is going to draw to a mixture of nationalities, rather than being solely limited to British residents.”
“The Tarn was attractive to me because it sits within a dramatic landscape without being extreme. I enjoy visiting the many bastide villages all within striking distance of each other, and exploring the local French markets. La Durantie’s location was a key factor in my decision making as it offers stunning views of rolling hills and vineyards from your own home.”
The master plan and architecture of La Durantie is inspired by the authentic village-style found in nearby Castelnau-de-Montmiral and throughout the surrounding region. Designs feature gentle sloping terracotta rooftops, with the houses picking up colours of the sand and limestone used to build 17th Century farm buildings. Homes are being built on different levels in order to create realistic, staggered rooftop heights, as little hamlets are terraced into a south facing gentle slope. Combining the best of old with new, top quality modern interiors provide luxurious comfort and each home will have its own landscaped private garden and pool. (See ‘Le Castelnau’ 3 bed property description attached)
Phase one will consist of 57 vernacular designed single and two storey three to five bedroom, detached homes together with 2 bedroom apartments and terraced cottages. Uniquely to this region, homes come with automatic year-round Country Club membership enabling owners to experience the best of both worlds; 21st century living combined with the use of the sympathetically restored château building, facilities and club entertainment.
Residents will soon be able to enjoy a variety of “back to nature” activities right on their doorstep, including listening to nearby deer mating calls, wild mushroom foraging in the Grésigne forest, or watching the many birds of prey soaring overhead.
The first two homes are due for completion in May 2016; with a further ten homes anticipated by the end of the year. The estate will become home to 57 vernacular designed single and two storey one to five bedroom detached homes together with two styles of apartments with either 2 or 3 bedrooms.
House prices in the leaseback scheme offer a hassle-free buy-to-let opportunity with a 20% tax refund by La Durantie Management Company. Homes range from 1-5 bed and priced from €333,732 (approx. £239,633) to €777, 530 (approx. £558,294). *All prices are nett (after VAT refund). A mandatory annual charge includes management charge and country club.
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