The Dordogne, the Limousin & the Lot

The properties we have on our website come from the Dordogne, the Haute Vienne, the Correze and the Lot region of France.

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The Dordogne (also known locally as Perigord) is France’s 3rd largest department but with just over half a million inhabitants it is one of the least densely populated. It is very different from one end to the other and as such is divided into four main areas know as Perigord Blanc, Perigord Noir, Perigord Vert and Perigord Pourpre. Each of these areas has its own distinct landscapes, architecture and even local dishes.  

It has traditionally been one of the most popular counties for foreign buyers, including many British and Dutch home owners.  Recently due to the slow moving French property market there have been some great deals and prices are still a snip compared to UK prices.

Despite its popularity the Dordogne is still very much a French county steeped in history and offers a much gentler pace of life. The villages and countryside remain unspoilt and often give the feeling of stepping back in time. If you want to find little expat communities then they do exist but you’ll have to actively seek them out. There are one or two exceptions to the rule, notably a small town called Eymet where a large proportion of residence are expats.

Prices vary considerable in this department with higher average value property focused around the Dordogne river itself and nearby towns such as Sarlat, Bergerac, St Cyprien and Domme. As these are the honey pot towns for tourists during the summer they command the highest prices. Often bought as second homes  or to generate an income from rentals.  The property in the North of the department in areas bordering the Correze, the Haute Vienne can be considerably cheaper in comparison.

The Correze and Haute Vienne are both within the department of the Limousin, often over looked as  they are next to the Dordogne which has received so much publicity over the years but are equally as appealing and have many unique attractions including some of France's prettiest villages such as Segur-le- Chateau (picture), St Robert and Collonges-la-Rouge to name but a few.

Like the Dordogne, these  areas offer much for those who are interested in outdoor activities. The Limousin has a large number of lakes so and fishing, sailing and canoeing are commonplace.

The Limousin is still one of the cheapest French regions in terms of average property prices. It will depend of course on the location and what you are looking for but in general you do get a lot for your money.  There are still a lot of properties and barns needing renovations and do-er uppers to be found tuck away down little farm tracks or in the center of little stone hamlets.

If you drive over the south east border of the Dordogne you arrive in the Lot –  sometimes called the Lot Valley.  Named after the river Lot which meanders through the department from East to West. The main town is Cahors and as with the Dordogne the most popular areas are within close reach of the river banks making them popular for holiday makers and second home owners. The prices on the whole are slightly cheaper than the Dordogne and there are still a lot of project properties to be had.

For anyone looking for a change of scene, perhaps to escape the 9 – 5 or looking for a more peaceful, safer and greener environment or simply would like a warmer climate then the Dordogne, the Limousin and the Lot have a great deal to offer.

The nearest international airports are Limoges, Bergerac and Bordeaux and Toulouse all with regular flights back to the UK. The long sandy beaches of the Atlantic and Mediterranean coast, as well as the ski resorts in the Pyrenees are all easily accessible from this part of France with good road and rail links.

All in all a perfect place to relocate or purchase a 2nd home.

Latest Perigord Properties

Stone house in the Dordogne valley with no close neighbours
€218,500 €211,500
Charming stone house with small lake
€139,000
Fantastic 17th century MANOR needing full renovation
€108,000
A charming  3 bedroom stone house in quiet hamlet
€70,000
Old house plus barn to renovate!
€28,000 €23,500
Authentic stone country house with great views
€181,000