Pays-de-la-Loire Property Blog: News and Information from the region

PAYS DE LA LOIRE – Meet experienced Agent: Effie Iorsch …

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I came to France 9 years ago with my husband and our 2 children. We wanted to live and bring up our children in France (my husband is French) and so with that plan we searched for jobs.

The Normandy part of the story happened by accident. We applied for a job advertised with a company who were based in the South of France, so there I was dreaming of hot weather and swimming pools! The interview went well and we got the job – to open their Normandy office!! I am a believer that everything is for a reason – so here we are 9 years on still loving Normandy, which has been perfect for us. Apart from my family there have been 2 common threads in my life which I have had the luck to continue to enjoy and develop to an equal degree here in Normandy – property and horses. My life here is rewarding thanks to a great job and a perfect environment to bring up a family (and animals!!)

I live in The Perche National Park – It all started about eight years ago when I was selling property throughout Normandy and Brittany, and I was on a visit with a new French Agent who took me to this enchanting region which I knew instantly was the right location for me. I immediately brought the family to see the area and luckily my husband felt the same way. That visit changed our lives – every weekend with great excitement we would jump in the car and drive to the “Perche” looking for our “future home” and to be honest finding the house was the easy part once we knew where we wanted to live. So here’s a little bit about my favourite region which I hope will help you to find your’s.The Perche National Park is definitely one of France’s best kept secret’s, situated in the south-east corner of the Orne department (61) of Normandy, the area is home to some of the most beautiful countryside in the world as well as many of the prettiest villages in France. Known to the French as the “lost countryside” – it is true to say that living here is like stepping back in time. Nature lovers will be in their element with the views from the hills, huge forests with a great network of footpaths and bridle tracks, many rivers and lakes. It is also the closest Green belt to Paris, just 1 ½ hours by rail and road hence the region is rich in culture with festivals, concerts, plays, museums, galleries and antique shops, and also rich in architecture with many Manor houses and Chateaus, many Parisiens have weekend homes here. The traditional Percheronne properties are constructed from white/yellow stone – similar to the Cotswold stone.The Saturday markets of Mortagne au Perche and Nogent le Rotrou are magnificent and not only offer the most wonderful local produce but are a popular social event and great way to pass a morning, maybe take a coffee in one of the local cafes or tea rooms. If you prefer golf there are 2 superb18 hole courses in the National Park itself.Accessibility is excellent within one and a half hours you can reach Paris, the ports at Le Havre and Caen, and Calais is just three and a half hours by car. If you want a day of shopping and don’t want to go as far as Paris: Le Mans and Chartres are both beautiful towns with great shops and within an hours drive. If it is beach weather then you have a choice of the Normandy beaches including Deauville and Cabourg just one and a half hours away, or alternatively visit one of the local lakes with their own sandy beaches at Le Mele sur Sarthe, Soligny la Trappe and Fontaine Simon.It’s also a good spot from which to explore the rest of France. Enjoy Effie’s portfolio of beautiful property here …