Yes, finally we have bought a house – although it’s not quite as simple as that. We had our offer accepted by the Dutch couple who currently own it, and spent an hour and a half in the Belgian estate agent’s office signing and initialling about 39 pages of a bilingual initial contract and an even longer set of various surveys on the property. It came to about 100 pages altogether, and both sellers and buyers have to initial every page.
Now we have to wait for various legal processes to go through. This currently takes about three months, so we are expecting to sign the final contract some time in December.
The house? It’s at the edge of a small village called Taradeau in the Var department of Provence, just 10 minutes or less from two small towns with all the services one could need, and one of which has an enormous hypermarket. More critically, it’s about 10 minutes from the main motorway which could take you all the way to Italy, putting us within an hour of both Nice and Marseilles airports. You just turn off at the St Tropez exit. Equally, it’s the same distance from a major station on the TGV train line.
And in wildlife news, we were walking with others from A Rocha France on the Pic des Courmettes this week when not only saw two Griffon vultures, but someone spotted this chamois – the first confirmed report for the estate. If this has been overlooked, what else has?