We have lived in France permanently since 2014. We initally started out in Charente which proved to be the wrong area for us personally as we missed the green hills and mountains of Wales/Scotland. We are now over in Haute Correze in Limousin in the Plateau Millevaches Parc Naturel Regional. We like it a lot here but we haven’t bought here yet as we haven’t really found a property with land that has really grabbed us. We have a nice rental and work here so we are ticking along okay. We have a good network of friends here but ulitmately we don’t think the type of property we want exists here. 99% of the houss on the market here are in villages or hamlets with immediate neighbours and it has been a long search. Whatever property we buy we want it to be our last, so we really want to find the right one.
Anyway we have long thought about the Pyrenees as an alternative location to buy. We love mountains and wilder forested/woodland rather than being surrounded by farming as we are in Limousin. We are planning a holiday and visit down there in September. What can you tell us about Ariege? We have read it has a bit of an eco/alternative/hippie vibe in places which is right up our street. In North Wales we lived in quite an alternative community.
We are seeking a secluded/isolated, modest old house up in the hills/mountains with a source, and a decent sized piece of land. Seen a few nice looking places on Leboncoin. We are keen growers and horticulturalists. What is the climate like? How high (alitude wise!!) do you need to be to avoid the worst of the summer heat? How snowy is it in winter? Is the rainfall reliable? Where are the main centres of population? We are keen to hear people’s advice and recommendations. Thanks in advance. Paul and Jax