The addition of a country retreat to a property portfolio that already includes a primary residence and second city home is becoming more and more popular among high net worth individuals. International interest in grand residences surrounded by woodland and landscaped gardens are increasing in the South of France, but also in other parts of Europe.

Tim Swannie and Francois-Xavier de Vial – Directors of Home Hunts

“Many of our clients making enquiries for prime rural property already have a main home and a city residence,” said Tim Swannie, director of Home Hunts. “But the purchase of a prime rural retreat can not only add another dimension to a client’s lifestyle, but if that purchase is in France, it can also make good financial sense.”

There are areas that buyers should bear in mind when considering the purchase of a prime rural property. The first is all about international access. “Buyers will be flying in from destinations such as London, Paris, New York, Hong Kong or The Middle East, so an airport less than an hour away, which can also accommodate private air travel, is a major factor,” said Tim.

The second element is privacy, which is relatively easy to find in France, as most French estates and châteaux sit in the middle of vast amounts of land. “Our clients lead extremely busy lives and want to have peaceful weekends that whisk them away from everyday life,” said Tim. “This means ensuring that the property is one hundred percent private and secure.”

The reason for purchasing comes third. It is essential that buyers choose a property that meets their list of requirements, as it is all too easy to get swept away in a coup de coeur and fall for a property that does not quite meet all the criteria. “When you’re in the market for a prime rural retreat, buyers will see many properties that are architecturally stunning, but, for example, if modern comforts are required, it’s important the property offers that even if it’s a medieval castle,” said Tim.

To find out more about French properties that could make the perfect prime rural retreat visit www.home-hunts.com or call the French office directly on +33 (0)970 44 66 43.