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Chris and Jackie are after the perfect holiday retreat, and the only thing standing in their way is deciding where, South Hams, near Dartmouth, or the Cote Vermeille on the south coast of France?
Chris and Jackie are searching for a dream holiday home, but they can't decide where. Jackie wants to keep her search restricted to the UK and desperately wants a property in Dartmouth, Devon. She is very familiar with the area, has visited many times and has always found it to be an exciting place. The couple are keen sailors and luckily there is a great local sailing club.
Opposing this is Chris who would like to buy a property in France. He really wants a holiday home where they can enjoy winter sun and make the most of the property all year round. He likes the fact that, unlike the UK, most areas aren’t over-developed. The couple have explored all over France and love the fact that in the Languedoc region you are bathed in warm Mediterranean sunshine, yet you are under three hours from snow-capped mountains. Will Jonnie and Jasmine give them house hunting clarity or will it be divorce courts?
Home properties - Dartmouth
Dartmouth lies from 34 miles from Exeter and 25 miles from Plymouth. It is situated in the area of south Devon known as The South Hams and is recognised as an area of outstanding natural beauty, with visitors enjoying its 60 miles of glorious coastline and one of the mildest climates in Britain.
The problem for Chris and Jackie is that these vistas come with a cost. The South Hams area is the most expensive in Devon and it's difficult to find a property in the area for under £250,000 that has good sea views. And for river front properties with their own mooring, which the couple are considering, you can expect to pay anything from £600,000 up to £1.2 million. With their overall budget of around £250,000 will the couple be able to find a property with wow factor, or will they still be dreaming of a French fancy?
Away properties- Cote Vermeille
Collioure, where our couple are basing their search, lies approximately 15 miles from the Spanish border and so has a strong Catalan influence. It is famed for its anchovy production which forms the basis of many of its traditional dishes, and its red wine which is produced in one of the smallest vineyards in France. In the 1900s, Collioure became a centre for Fauve artists, such as Georges Braque, Andres Derain and Henri Matisse who wrote of the town, ‘no sky is more blue than that at Collioure…I have all the colours of the Mediterranean before me’. Will our house hunters find the sky as bewitching or will they be dreaming of the green fields of England?
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