An Englishman's Home is his Chateau in the Dordogne

An Englishman's Home is his Chateau in the Dordogne

The Dordogne has long been a favourite with British holidaymakers but as more Englishmen and women choose to set up home in a Chateau this French rural haven is becoming a hotspot for those seeking a permanent cross-channel country retreat.

More than 6,000 British nationals currently live in what has become known as 'Dordogneshire' and the latest evidence from French property specialist suggests this figure is set to rise further.

“The Dordogne is well known territory for many British travellers which makes it a favourite with property investors too but its popularity with British buyers visiting our website has grown even further recently,” said Patrick Joseph, of

“Low cost flights from the UK may be part of the reason but another key factor is the growing trend amongst British buyers for chateaux and estates in France, which are in good supply in this part of France,” he explained.

Lying between Paris and the Pyrenees, the Dordogne is a mere four hours by train from the French capital and many UK regional airports operate regular flights to Bordeaux, Bergerac and Limoges.

It is one of the largest departments in France and home to some of Europe’s most spectacular scenery, not to mention the popular wine route of Bergerac and picturesque country lanes lined with walnut plantations. Mr Joseph said accessibility was a pull for investors who also appreciated the fact that Dordogne properties held their value well.