Thursday, 13 November 2008

Market Towns of the Brionnais

You've walked through the saturday morning market in your local town, you've picked up your freshly baked bread and treated yourself to some butter croissants, choosen some fresh cuts of local Charolais beef, a selection of vegatables and even been tempted with some regional goats cheese and you finally sit down at the little café on the corner. Sitting there having your coffee watching the hive of people walking round the market, enjoying the typical blue sky autumn morning of the Burgundy region, one of your local neighbours sees you and greets you with a handshake and decides to share a coffee with you and before you know it you are already late as you were meant to be back to start lunch, but you've also just been invited to pop past on your way home and enjoy an apperative...... You've no need to wake up from this dream for this is a typical market morning in our region of the Brionnais.

As we introduce each and every one of our clients to our region and they find their perfect home, it is now becoming apparent that they are becoming accustomed more and more quickly to what the region has to offer and within days they are meeting and enjoying their new neighbours and within a very short time we are pleased to see them totally independant of our needs and immersing themselves totally into the 'Burgundy way of Living'. For many of them, a weekly trip to the local market town is a must.

Burgundy has a wealth of market towns and villages, to name a few: Marcigny, La Clayette, Chauffailles and St Christophe en Brionnais. Closest to our office is the market town of Marcigny. Favoured by many, Marcigny has a market once a week on monday morning and offers a wide variety of local produce to include bread, meat, cheeses, fruit and vegetables. It also offers a small livestock section, freshly cooked cuisine and clothing. The market square is also surrounding by local shops, bars and cafés which makes Marcigny an ideal place to spend a whole morning. Marcigny also offers, on it's outskirts, two supermarkets, a DIY store, the famous Emile Henry ceramic cookware factory and store, a selection of other varied stores.
Chauffailles has a friday morning market and offers also banks, every type of shop imaginable, chemists, doctors, dentists and a post office.
La Clayette has a market day every tuesday with shop-lined little streets climbing up from the famous 12th century turretted Chateau and lake.
You can also visit the well known Dufoux chocolatier, chocolate shop (100% hand-crafted chocolate. Classed as a 3-star chocolate maker).
St Christophe en Brionnais has the
biggest Charolais cattle market in France every Thursday morning and really gives you a chance to experience a 'Real France' atmosphere. There are also a couple of well known restaurants that serve the local Charlolais beef.

Burgundy Property Prices

As we see a worldwide economical melt down and a complete slowdown in spending, we are all suddenly sitting there thinking that we are all tied to the spot, how true is this?

Having been in France, Burgundy region, now for a good few years I can honestly tell you that our region still offers exceptional value for money. I will also remind you that, like the UK and property price adjustments that are taking place there, the European continent is going through the same motions.

UK may be having a hard time, especially what is portrayed each and every day by the media, but France has also been seeing property price drops to make what were once reasonably priced property now even more affordable. So, if you were thinking that the loss in the price of your house you wanted to sell in the UK to afford you a life abroad has completed shattered your dreams, you should think again. It is becoming more and more apparent that prices are coming down here in France too and it is widely known by those in the business that an offer of 30% below the asking price is not something that will necessarily be thrown out the window. We would infact suggest to our clients more often than not, that we should start off with an offer and take things from there. We try and be as genuine as possible and will always inform our clients if we feel there is any kind of negotiation available on any property we advertise.

So, just because you see headline news nearly everyday in the UK about 'House price Falls', do not let that deter you from pruchasing abroad for you will find that suprisingly or not, we are all pretty much in the same boat!

Property for sale in Burgundy, France.

Finding a property for sale in Burgundy these days has become more and more easier, especially with the flooding rate that we are seeing new internet websites popping up hosting 1,000's of property taken from other sites. So as the choice widens, though realistically it is not choice it is repeated marketing, you find yourself looking at a whole host of agents/immobilieres/website portals all trying to sell to you that special product. And what does this all end up giving to the person searching through it all? It's confusion!

Trying to find a genuine website on the internet that promotes solely it's regional property ofwhich they are fully aware of in both information of the property itself and the region that it lies, is now becoming a task. We like to think that our region of France, Burgundy, is a place personnal to us and a topic that we can enlighten onto to others. A basic search on Google for 'house for sale in Burgundy' will bring up some 439,000 separate results and even though we are on the first page, for the browser searching property for sale in Burgundy, they could be forgiven if they were slightly confused as whom to choose to help them.

We could easily advice each client to research French Property magazine publications of present and past, such as 'The French Property News' and see if the website/company name has ever been advertised or been included in editorials (Both ofwhich we have been, past and present), or visit major websites dealing in information of France such as,, (All ofwhich we are included on), or simply look at the general build of the website and the content. For example, at we try and give each and every visitor to our website an impression of what the Burgundy region can offer them to include a varied selection of property, regional information, maps, videos of major towns and villages for you to watch and any client/browser can feel free to contact us at anytime by telephone or email and speak to somebody in our office within the Southern Burgundy and be guided through any questions or concerns, we speak both English and French. will, unlike many of the standard 'world property' websites out there, offer a full before/during/aftersales service to make sure that you find, complete and enjoy your new home in Burgundy.

So, do feel free to browse our website and at any point feel free to get in contact with us to discuss your needs and requirements.