The Good Life France Magazine

The Good Life France Magazine brings you the best of France - inspirational and exclusive features, fabulous photos, mouth-watering recipes, tips, guides, ideas and much more...

Published by the award winning team at The Good Life France

1 year ago

Issue No. 23

Welcome to the summer! In this issue discover Dijon in Burgundy, sensational Strasbourg (and a secret speakeasy), and lovely Cognac. We'll tell you where the locals go on holiday, the secret places. Visit Versailles and the Paris Opera, Le Touquet - the "Monaco" of northern France and wild Provence. Guides, recipes and more - your trip to France without leaving home...

At £535,000 this

At £535,000 this gorgeous chateau in Normandy is not Monument Historique classified - but it is gorgeous and historic. Details £333,633 for a 6 bedroom chateau in Charebte, lots of land, original features, stables and outbuildings... details

This listed chateau in the Dordogne is truly magnificent, Henry IV of France and his wife Catherine de Medici stayed here and it has a fabulous historic past... Details “As the vendor of an historic monument” says Sandy, “you are free to sell the property whenever you wish, you would simply need to inform the Minister of Culture. A DPE (Diagnostic Performance Energy test) is not required for these properties, however all other current diagnostic reports are required for the sale contract.” There are a number of advantages to buying a property that is listed as a Monument Historique: • The organisation offers invaluable advice and assistance in the restoration and upkeep of historic properties. • Under certain conditions these properties can be exempt from Inheritance tax. • There are a number of grants available for improvement works (subject to certain conditions). • Costs for various works, insurance, land taxes and certain interest charges on loans are currently deductible, at 50%, from your taxable income. However, they become 100% deductible if you open the building to the public for a set number of days a year, on the condition that the property is kept for at least 15 years by its owner (being an individual or SCI "de Famille"). It's a thriving market say Leggett as both domestic and international buyers are keen to buy a slice of historic architecture while enjoying the joie de vie for which France is famous. see Page 92 to read about our rendezvous with chateau owners Billy and Gwendoline Petherick