- Rhone Valley
France remains one of the most popular countries for foreign investment and despite a relative price boom in the Rhone Valley region, this region promises the shrewd investor a very good return and year round rental income. Sellers in this region are realistic about the price that they can get for their properties and there are at present fewer non-French buyers, leaving those that are around being taken more seriously. There are many bargains still to be had and in negotiations, it is definitely still a buyers market. It is important to make sure that you get a local solicitor to help with the necessary legal elements but the purchasing procedure is fairly straight forward and the property you have chosen in this popular tourist destination should be yours within a relatively short space of time.
Why select a property investment in the Rhone Valley?
The Rhone Valley is a region rich in history as the Greeks and Romans used the Rhone as a water highway. The Rhone Valley offers the visitor a rich tapestry of views and experiences which will please the mind and heal the soul. Located in the west of the country it has without a doubt some of the most splendid views in the country.
Rolling hills, olive groves, vineyards and endless fields of purple lavender; all these contribute to the wonderful aroma to match the breathtaking views. Lavender is used for a multitude of things and there is even a specialised museum which explains how it can be used, from treating ailments like rheumatism and insomnia to keeping insects away and making perfume and flavouring food.
Micro-climates are prevalent in this region and along with the rolling countryside, they give rise to the most famous crop – the grapevine. Wherever you travel you will happen upon vineyards and of course this is the home of the magnificent Côte du Rhone. If the life of the grape and its product is of interest to you, then there are many vineyards that welcome visitors. You can follow the whole production of wine from the grape to the bottle, with generous wine tasting sessions at the end of many tours. This is certainly a brilliant way to spend a day or two and discounted products are also available for purchase at the end of your trip.
The Rhone Valley’s countryside naturally lends itself activity holidays including hiking, walking and water sports on the lakes. It is a brilliant area in which to cycle during the summer and take advantage of a full range of winter ski facilities second to none. . More adventurous sporting opportunities such as paragliding are available, but best of all, this is simply a place to turn back the clock and relax.
History and sporting aside, the Rhone Valley has a reputation for being the home to France’s most delectable food. Throughout the region there are restaurants that are the fine food lovers dream. The Rhone Valley’s capital city is Lyon and it is here that the most amazing gastronomic experiences can be enjoyed. Lyon is the second largest city in France and apart from the wondrous restaurants and bistros, there is a great nightlife to be had. There are also fantastic festivals and antique markets. Brilliant transport links add to the attraction for living and property investment in the region.
Famous for its cool winters and hot summers, the Rhone Valley has an appealing continental climate with influences from the Mediterranean in the south of the region. Average temperatures in the summer are 30°C with gentle rainfall averaging 60 mm a month. This area is also affected by ‘la Mistral’, a strong wind which blows through the valley especially during winter and spring. This is a region that has the nostalgic feel of the long hot summers remembered from childhood, where it was always sunny, never too hot and always green and lush.
The Rhone Valley is well served by a variety of transport and it is possible to fly from most major UK airports and the flight duration is 2 hours. You can choose to arrive at several major cities, the main ones being Grenoble and Lyon.
Discount airlines Ryanair and Easyjet both fly to the region from London Stansted. Ryanair flies to airport Grenoble Lyon which is approximately 50 minutes by car to Lyon city center and 30 minutes to Grenoble. In the winter, there are special transfer services from this airport to all the main ski resorts in Isère, Savoie and the Hautes-Alpes. Easyjet flies to Lyon Saint Exupéry airport which is situated 30 km east of Lyon. From here there are taxis or buses available into the city center, approximately 30 minutes depending on time of day.
It is also possible to travel here by train as Eurostar takes you directly from the UK to Paris and connections are very good. The road system is also very good if you choose to hire a car.