Charente Immobilier is a fully-registered French estate agency based in the riverside town of Jarnac, near Cognac, in the heart of the Charente vineyards of southwest France.
We understand that buying abroad can be daunting and stressful – the system and customs in France are completely different to those of the UK and we are extremely proud of our reputation for helping clients through the process of buying and moving to France. Our dedicated team of English and French speaking staff will guide you throughout the search, offer and purchase process as well as provide an extensive after-sale support service, giving you complete peace of mind.
Charente Immobilier also undertakes detailed bespoke property searches for our clients – give us your brief and using our wide network of contacts we will find a house for you. We can also help to find accommodation for you whilst you are house-hunting in France.
In addition to a full “hand holding” service throughout the search and purchase process, we provide a comprehensive after-sales service “Club Charente Immobilier”. This service puts buyers in contact with each other with a view to helping people settle in, find trades people, good restaurants, places to visit and so on. We do this through regular newsletters and, of course, via Facebook.
As members of the FNAIM, the premier federation of estate agents in France, we are closely regulated, adhere to a code of ethics and commit to regular professional training. We are fully accredited to draw up the “compromis de vente” (sales contract) and carry substantial insurance to give our clients peace of mind. We work with a number of trusted English-speaking notaires so that buyers are able to speak directly with them if desired. We are regularly audited to ensure that our legal compliance procedures are effective (all such audits have been passed without reservations).
Based in the charming riverside town of Jarnac, Charente Immobilier covers the Charente and parts of the Charente-Maritime, Vienne, Deux-Sèvres and Dordogne. It’s a beautiful part of France which really has it all: wonderful countryside strewn with vineyards, great rivers, forests, the coast, fantastic connections back to the UK by road, rail and air and an agreeable climate. On top of all this, it is one of the best value regions of France in terms of property prices.
The area has an extremely rich history dating back to pre-historic times and retains a wonderful architectural heritage. Relatively sparsely populated, with just a few large towns there are plenty of charming villages and hamlets. The landscape is a peaceful one – the department is often referred to as “La douce Charente” – the mild or soft Charente – used to describe both its climate and its landscape which is generally one of rolling vineyards interspersed with fields of sunflowers. Whilst it may lack some of the more dramatic scenery of more mountainous departments, it is an ideal destination for outdoor holiday activities – cycling, horse-riding, canoeing, rambling, sailing and swimming.
Add all this to the beautiful scenery and houses, it is easy to see why the area is popular for holiday homes and permanent homes alike. The pace of life may be slow, but it has allowed for a deep appreciation of modern culture to embed itself. There always seems to be a festival taking place. The “Blues Passion” is a week-long jazz and blues festival held in Cognac that attracts top names– recent participants have included Sir Tom Jones, Sting, Hugh Laurie –even Status Quo have played here. Each year Angouleme hosts the International Comic Book Festival when cartoonists come from all corners of the world to hold symposiums, workshops and so on. Then there is “Les Gastronomades” (a huge food festival with top chefs), the International folklore and folk art festival, the “Circuit des Remparts d’Angoulême” (a classic car rally centred on the city but which spill out into the towns and villages of the department), the World Hot Air Ballooning championship at Mainfonds – the list goes on and there really is something for everyone to enjoy.
The department’s tourist board sums it up: The Charente has its secret: nothing is excessive and passing travellers frequently stop here, seduced by its sweetness, its quality of light, its unspoilt nature and its white stones reflecting the sunlight… why not do the same?