Limousin – A Rising Star Destination in France with Michelin Star Status
The strength of the pound and low mortgage rates are encouraging overseas property buyers back to Europe and British buyers have been seeking-out the next rising star region in the popular low-risk market of France. According to Rightmove Overseas, France is attracting more interest with the total number of monthly searches in Limousinrising 26% to a total of 42,768 from May 2013-14. The Creuse department of Limousinhas been further boosted by the recent award (February 2014) of a Michelin star at Halcyon Retreat Golf & Spa Resort.
Limousin in the south west is a relatively unknown region in the Midi-Pyrenees known as ‘The Land of a Thousand Lakes’ and thought of as the traditional heart of ‘real France’. Limousin is one of France’s smallest regions but this rural backdrop is a perfect setting for the new homes atHalcyon Retreat Golf & Spa Resort. The development has a show-stopping chateau centre piece, the historic ‘Châteaude la Cazine’ luxury hotel and is resplendent with its own fishing lakes and woodlands, which resonate with Britons who love the great outdoors.
John Bennett, Marketing Manager for the development company, Barrasford and Bird Worldwide says:
“This stunning region has obvious comparisons to the Lake District in the UK, but unlike the UK, there is a lower population and the property market is still in its infancy. It’s such a stunning ‘off the beaten track’ region that hasn’t been built-up to cater for millions of tourists unlike the better known areas such as the French Riviera. As the region becomes more ‘discovered’ we expect strong growth.”
UK owners have been drawn to thequintessentially French setting and the Halcyon Retreat resort fulfils the dream of luxury, period living. Châteaude la Cazinegained Trip Advisor’s Certificate Of Excellence in 2014 for the second year running as well as its Michelin star status, which has set the bar in terms of standards for the entire development; including the build quality. Head Chef David Boyer says: “The Limousin region has some incredible produce and we use as much of this as we can to give our guests a true authentic taste of the region and we are delighted our dishes are regarded so highly.”
Easy transport links are an advantage and Halcyon Retreat is conveniently accessed with direct flights by Ryanair to Limoges available from many UK airports including Bristol, Manchester, Leeds and London Stansted. For those wishing to pack-up the car and drive, the A20 links from Paris (3 hrs& 30 mins) and the TGV rail route links from Paris to Limoges (3 hrs 15 mins/350kms).There have been additional reports of improved train links in the area too in the coming years.
The capital, Limoges is a popular medium-sized city with quaint cobbled streets, excellent shopping, porcelain museums and architecturally impressive buildings including the Cathedral of Saint-Etienne.Further north, the medieval village of La Souterraine with its historical walls and eleventh century church is on the Camino de Santiago de Compestela trail and recommended for its historical architecture. There are numerous other historic villages suitable for day trips and the three main lakes in Creuse(Etand de la Grande Cazine, Lac de Saint Pardoux and LarcD’Eguzon)offerwatersports such as fishing, swimming, canoeing, sailing and hiking.
The properties at Halcyon Retreat comprise of fractional ownership within the Château and fractional or whole ownership in ‘Le Village,’ located in the Château grounds. All fractions are deeded and owners will benefit from rental income for up to 5 years, an assured exit strategy with furnishings, maintenance and closing costs all included. There are a limited number of fractional suites available within the Château itself on a different package; period in style and luxuriously furnished, with striking design and features including roll top baths and ornate desks. All suites have views across the grounds and a 1/13th fraction is priced at £30,000.
Within the Château grounds a range of new build luxury studios, suites and apartments are available in ‘Le Village’. These luxury studios, suites and apartments (138 in total) are a short walk from the Halcyon Retreat spa centre and have vistas across the manicured golf course down to the resort’s sparkling lakes. These homes are designed to complement the existing original buildings found in‘Le Village’and will be finished to an incredible standard. Prices start from £11,500 for a 1/13th fraction of a studio apartment and from £130,000 for full ownership of a studio apartment.
The plethora of facilities at Halcyon Retreat will include; a French spa (idyllically situated in a second sixteenth century turreted Château), 18-hole manicured golf course, indoor swimming dome, pools and flumes, children’s adventure zone, laser quest, mountain bike tracks, equestrian centre, two well-stocked fishing lakes, gym, fitness classes, wellness restaurant, boulangerie, delicatessen, boutiques, manicured gardens and grounds and expert culinary classes.
Sales Enquiries:Barrasford and Bird Worldwide Web: www.bandbw.co.uk / Tel: 0800 1 303 101
Barrasford and Bird Worldwide:
Industry professionals since 2003, Barrasford and Bird Worldwide has successfully handed over more than 2,500 completed properties to their customers in a wide variety of countries, from Bulgaria to the Caribbean. Barrasford and Bird Worldwide now builds and manages its own luxury ‘Halcyon’ resorts in a selection of destinations including the US and France. The company’s UK offices are in Tavistock (Devon) and in Bristol and visits are welcome.
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