The Sunday Times described the 7 Valleys of the Pas-de-Calais as Northern France’s best-kept secret! With its rolling contours, this region of France is as green and bushy as anything you will come across in Dordogne. With three National Parks, the fine Opal Coast of endless sandy beaches and spectacular cliffs, charming villages, and historic battlefields (including those of Agincourt, Crecy, and the First World War) the area of the Seven Valleys offers a glimpse into the past and a taste of authentic French rural life.
It is a region proud of its traditions where fairs, fêtes and festivals are so much a part of daily life. The towns are rich in history dating from Roman times to the last World Wars and France’s famous gastronomic reputation is apparent in the fine restaurants and brasseries throughout the region.
With both North Sea and English Channel coastlines, the Nord-Pas-de-Calais experiences cool but mild winters. This region of France benefits from 1,600.3 sunshine hours a year, and it actually rains less in the North than it does in the South over the course of the year, in terms of abundance. Due to its cool climate, this region remains verdant and green with numerous forests and meadows between its pretty villages and historic market towns. It's a great area for outdoor pursuits such as hiking or cycling, and of course golf!
This region is often overlooked in favour of the vineyards and warmer climate of the other regions in France, but property for sale in this region of France represents really good value with a high quality of life. Rural, inland areas are very reasonably priced, while you can expect to pay more to be based right in the centre of one of the towns or cities. A detached family house in good condition with some land starts from around €120.000 and a ‘project’ farmhouse with land and barns can be purchased from as little as €90.000. Traditional houses have lots of original character and are typically picturesque farmhouses painted white with a central courtyard and spacious out-buildings. The convenience and benefits of the region makes it attractive to British buyers and travel from the UK is quick and easy with good road connections from Calais and rail links to Paris in under an hour.
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