OK where to start! Well, we were looking for some storage/lock up/workshop space in the village, somewhere to put those boxes, store those tools, make that pallet table etc etc!!
What we found was the shell of the Old Bakery, 4 walls and a roof, all sound as a pound, but will all the internal partitions removed ready for renovation by the owner. Nice little overgrown garden with mature fig tree too.
Lovely price as the English owner is now in his 80s and just wanted to off load (he'd already partitoned the house and sold off the back bit).
Compromis de Vente signed weeks ago, date for signing the Acte on 5th November - then Fireworks today - the Notaire sent an email to sday she was embarrased, but the Mairie was considering exercising their Droit de Pre-emption, or to put it in another way, a pre-emptive strike!!
We will know after the "Council" meeting on Monday. The feeling amongst friends is that it is the price that is stimultaing interest from the Mairie - the price of a good second hand car.
Ah well, que sera!! The first time we have ptentially fallen fowl of the French "system"!!