Property for Sale in Dordogne, France
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Information on Dordogne and Property Available for Sale through Leapfrog Properties
Dordogne is part of the region of Aquitaine in the south west of France and is surrounded by the departments of Haute-Vienne, Corrèze, Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Gironde, Charente-Maritime, and Charente. The department of Dordogne was created in 1790, during the French revolution and was named after the Dordogne River that flows through its peaceful green countryside. Its surface area is approximately 9,060 km2 and the population is about 389,000.
Climatically, because of its location the weather is fairly mild although it can get rather humid, especially in the North-east due to its proximity to the Massif Central. In the south and south west, especially in the valleys of Dordogne and Isle, agriculture is very important whereas the rest of the area is mainly covered by thick forests and heath which provide great areas through which to go on long walks and experience its beautiful and tranquil surroundings.
The wine (Bergerac for instance) is mainly cultivated in the neighbourhood of Bergerac and tobacco is also high source of profit for the Dordogne as well as the chief cereals; maize and wheat but also potatoes. The truffles of Perigord are also famous for their quality and their abundance. Market produce is dominated by foodstuffs particularly foie gras, walnuts and pork, cooked and prepared in every conceivable way.
Dordogne is full of sites which are worth going to which draws many foreigners to the area each and every summer; there are more than 1000 castles, chapels, abbeys, and bastides from late Gothic to Renaissance style.
Other famous sites of interest within the department are the cave of Lascaux- set a little apart from traditional prehistoric sites and the western edges of the Massif Central and northern Pyrenees are known for having an exceptional concentration of Palaeolithic caves (130 sanctuaries). The state of conservation of the site is excellent thanks to the numerous rock-shelters and natural caves created out of limestone. Source: leshautsferres.com
Towns in Dordogne
Property for Sale in Dordogne
The average price of a 4 bedroom house in Dordogne will cost between 200k and 220k Euros which is still cheap compared to other popular areas of France despite the influx of British property buyers. Prices of property for sale in Dordogne are below the national average and represent good value for money making it somewhere still worth investing in. Traditional houses in peaceful surroundings in the countryside are available whether it be an old character farmhouse or a stone cottage. Renovation properties are about but are getting harder to find in this popular department in south west France.