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L'Isle Sur La Sorgue Farmhouse, Provence, France

£5,000 Per Week

In the heart of the "Pays des Sorgues", set within a secure 8500 sq.m landscaped garden, this farmhouse is the perfect mix of old and new.

A beautifully restored house keeping its original features whilst incorporating all the high end quality fixtures and fittings desired today along with modern, yet comfortably inviting furniture. The large open reception areas are bright, sophisticated and beautifully decorated by an interior designer. In the garden, besides the charming shaded spots throughout, perfect for al fresco dining or an afternoon with a book for company, is a heated secure swimming pool. The house has 6 Bedrooms and 6 Bathrooms.

The farmhouse is beautifully decorated with quality materials complemented by authentic accessories found in the famous antique markets of L'Isle sur la Sorgue. The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable all with linen to rival any 5 star hotel. All reception areas are well proportioned making entertaining easy inside or out. The garden is a typical Mediterranean garden planted with olive trees, lavender and rosemary bushes. Be warned - this will be one holiday you will find it very hard to tear yourself away from but it has clearly been the making of many wonderful memories judging by the re-occurring bookings year after year.

Accommodation & Amenities

Ground floor : Entrance hall ; large reception with fireplace ; Dining Room ; Kitchen ; Utility Room ; Guest WC ; Snug/TV Room

First Floor: master Bedroom with e/s Bathroom & Private Terrace and 2nd Double bedroom with e/s Bathroom; 3rd Double Bedroom (2 small double beds) with e/s wet room

Second Floor: 4th Double Bedroom with e/s bathroom; 5th Double Bedroom with en-suite Bathroom; 6th Double bedroom with e/s bathroom

Plasma TV with over 100 french & international satellite channels; 2 Ipod docks; DVD player; WIFI; Telephone; Alarm and CCTV; 2 cots; 2 hi chairs; Gas BBQ; 3 Al fresco Dining areas; Terrace; Ping Pong table; Bicycles; Petanques Pitch; 12mx6m Swimming Pool with safety electric cover.

A simple guide to buying in France

All property purchases in France are conducted by an officer of the state, the notaire. Depending on the size and nature of the transaction, you may well want your own legal representation, and two notaires can sit at the heart of the transaction: one for you, one for the seller.

As with any professional adviser, do some homework to satisfy yourself you are dealing with a reputable specialist with good local knowledge.

Step 1: Agreeing to buy

When you have agreed your purchase in principle with the vendor, an initial agreement is drawn up by the notaire. This is usually called a compromis de vente, although you may encounter others names (such as promesse unilatérale de vente, or a promesse synallagmatique de vente). They can have different protections/liabilities if the sale does not conclude successfully, so make sure you ask what you are committing yourself to.

As well as the sales details, the compromis de vente should note any mortgage you may be planning to take out. If later you find you cannot raise the finance, you should normally be able to withdraw without losing your deposit. The compromis will cover a cadastral (property boundary) plan, reports on energy and asbestos, and any preceding conditions (‘clauses suspensives’).

With the compromis signed, it’s time for you to stump up your deposit, which is usually 10% of the purchase price.

Step 2: Cooling off or pressing on

Now there’s a brief cooling-off period. You can at this point have a change of heart and still withdraw, with your deposit. It’s a narrow window of 7 days, and if your purchase was conceived over rather too good a lunch, this could be the cold water you need. Also, this can be a good time to get a full survey done, should anything untoward be lurking.

Otherwise, as the window shuts, it’s time to commit. Your deposit is now non-refundable.

Preliminary contracts are now drawn up and exchanged, and all the necessary searches are carried out: notably, land registry, local authority and planning permission.

Step 3: It’s all yours

With all the searches complete and the paperwork agreed, you and the vendor are summoned to the notaire’s office to sign the acte authentique de vente. All outstanding fees and charges, including the notaire’s, are settled – and the property is yours.

Typical costs

As the purchaser, you will need to allow for various fees, charges and taxes. These are given as a very rough guide, as a percentage range of the purchase price:
Registration fee 0.60% - 4.89%
Notary Fees 3% - 10%, + 20% VAT
Land registry 0.10%
Estate agent’s fee 1.50% - 5% (+ 20% VAT) (with a similar cost to the seller)

Please note: This article reflects Aylesford’s current understanding of property legislation in France. It is offered for general guidance only; specialist legal and tax advice should always be taken for any property transaction.

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