Regional Christmas Specialities and Luxury Homes for Sale in France

Regional Christmas Specialities and Luxury Homes for Sale in France

Regional Christmas Specialities and Luxury Homes for Sale in France

Christmas in France is a wonderful place to be, from the magic of the Marchés de Noël in villages and towns across France to the “Le Réveillon” feast on Christmas Eve. While you can enjoy most treats and speciality dishes everywhere, there are still some delicacies associated with particular regions that delight foodies year after year.

Luxury homes for sale in France

We’ve picked our favourite below and teamed them with some luxury homes for sale in France that have just come on the market. If you’re dreaming of a new home in France for the new year, this is a good place to start your search.

It’s Oozing Oysters in Paris

The prospect of oysters at Christmas may come as a shock, especially to Brits, but they are relished by the French in every corner of the country. Many are harvested in Normandy and Brittany, but aside from devouring them fresh at the coast, one of the best places to actually experience oysters is in Paris. 

Plenty of places dish them up, but a few stand out. “Bistro de la mer” Huguette in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, is not to be missed by oyster lovers. Le Dôme in Montparnasse is another oyster treasure box with five-star seafood fayre. To take away – or eat in – the pocket-sized L’écume Saint Honoré serves up a fast seafood hit with lashings of authenticity.

If you’re interested in luxury homes for sale in France and are looking to buy a property in Paris, Home Hunts has a stunning collection of chic apartments in its portfolio. This striking two-bed apartment (HH-14954019), in the 8th arrondissement, has just joined the market at €3,150,000.

Over in the 3rd, an elegant and spacious three-bedroom beauty (HH-15184592) lies near the Place des Vosges – and with a tag of €2,270,000 won’t be available for long.

Try “Treize Desserts” in Provence

Provence is famous for its “treize desserts” where 13 desserts are served up at the Christmas table. Why 13? They’re believed to represent the 12 apostles and Jesus at the Last Supper. The choice of actual desserts remains open, but there is a list of categories to guide selections, which include caramelised fruits, nougat and a sourdough-based pastry called “pompe à l’huile”.

You can’t get more Provencal than the Luberon where this fantastic five-bedroom chateau (HH-12821113) exudes Provence style from its mature gardens, countryside-view pool and elegant interiors. If you can imagine yourself sampling “treize desserts” in this sumptuous €4,800,000 home, reach out to the Home Hunts team for a viewing.

A charming coastal opportunity is wrapped up in this superb two-bed townhouse (HH-15179496) in Saint Cyr sur Mer. Opposite the harbour with a sea-view terrace it’s a great investment prospect at €1,230,000.

Room for Raclette in the French Alps

Raclette’s roots may be in Switzerland, but when Christmassing in the French Alps these melted cheese meals – which you cook yourself using miniature frying pans and a shared grill – are served up in restaurants and cosy chalets everywhere.

Easy to make and very sociable, it’s perfect for après-ski with friends and family. Boiled potatoes make the base for exciting cheese, meat and veg concoctions. The tradition might be 400 years old, but it’s very much alive in France and one of the best ways to socialise at Christmas.

If you can see yourself sharing raclette around this table for 12 in La Plagne, this breathtaking eight-bedroom chalet (HH-15167346) is worth exploring.

The €3,900,000 property features a fitness room, spa area (with sauna, hammam, ice fountain and sensory shower) as well as a Jacuzzi.

Wellness chalets are currently in demand from international clients, but if you’re looking at the lower end of the market you can still find gems with local solutions. Well located for Portes de Soleil in Chatel, this wonderful five-bed new build chalet is in the heart of the village near the aqua centre with its state-of-the-art pool and spa facilities. Offers start at €1,180,000.

Sizzling snails in Burgundy

“Escargots” are enjoyed everywhere in France all year round, but at Christmas in particular when around two-thirds of France’s annual consumption is served. They are especially renowned in Burgundy where the “escargot de Bourgogne” dish serves up snails in their shells after being baked with butter, parsley and garlic.

South of Burgundy, this luxurious six-bedroom estate (HH-15113202) provides views as far as Mont Blanc from the heights of Saint Cyr au Mont d’Or. Priced at €3,690,000 it also offers a gym, tennis court and indoor pool.

For authentic charm at an incredible price, this exceptional five-bedroom, original stone property (HH-15133716), is a savvy investment opportunity at €639,000.

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