Montpellier, Languedoc France (PressExposure) October 20, 2006 -- Why British families love this part of the south of France
Languedoc property and travel website http://www.creme-de-languedoc.com reports that the decision of growing numbers of British couples with children to downshift to the HÃ©rault department in the south of France has now been endorsed by French current affairs magazine lâExpress.
Earlier this year the magazine published a national survey* on the best places to live in France. Using 42 indicators and official statistics, it allocated points for categories including climate, infrastructure, cultural and educational facilities.
One of the five departments that make up the Languedoc region, the HÃ©rault came second out of 95 French departments in the overall results.
According to Helen Bevis of the HÃ©rault- based Parent and Infant Group (www.piglanguedoc.blogspot.com), increasing numbers of younger Britons with families are making the department their new home because of the quality of life it offers (the Express survey classed the HÃ©rault as Franceâs third best place for families to live). Says Bevis: âHouse prices in the HÃ©rault are a fraction of those in the UK, so couples with children can live here for less. By downshifting to the HÃ©rault you can ease your financial burden, and with less stress, family life can only be better.â
A Property Price Calculator is one of several tools to be found at http://www.creme-de-languedoc.com/languedoc-property/for-sale.php; it estimates that a four-bedroom family home with swimming pool and garden in the HÃ©rault countryside would cost in the region of â¬266,000â325,000. House prices in the HÃ©rault are amongst the fastest rising in the country, but they remain considerably cheaper than neighbouring Provence, giving overseas buyers the chance to buy an affordable Mediterranean home.
According to figures released by the departmental tourist office, the HÃ©rault attracts over 1,000 newcomers a month, but these are not just young people. Many older folk â Brits and Parisians in particular - are attracted to the department, seeking sunshine and a wide range of leisure activities for their retirement.
The HÃ©rault is the fastest growing of the Languedoc regionâs five departments, and transport links to the region are excellent, with TGV lines to Toulouse and Carcassonne, and airports at Carcassonne, Toulouse, Montpellier, Girona, Perpignan and NÃ®mes (see http://www.creme-de-languedoc.com/Languedoc/flights/index.php for details of flights to the Herault and Languedoc from the UK and Eire).
Thanks to the HÃ©raultâs popularity with Brits seeking a place in the sun, specialist English-language websites have sprung up providing a wealth of property and travel information, and http://www.creme-de-languedoc.com is one of the most detailed. Visit the site for everything you could possibly wish to know about the HÃ©rault, including climate and geography, flights, current events, property buying advice, and property prices, sales and rentals.