Archive for June, 2020

Le Petit Marais – Au revoir

June 10, 2020
On the 9th March 2020 we sold Le Petit Marais to a buyer from Normandy. We were happy to learn from his Agent that he was a cash buyer who could complete very quickly and wanted the house as his family home. We were really pleased that Le Petit Marais would be occupied full time by a French family bringing children to the school.
Of course he did everything possible to delay completion past the year end, wanted to build five gites and applied for a mortgage because appearing to have cash was a foolish thing to do. After the compromis he commissioned a survey to justify a price reduction and refused to share the results of the survey claiming he was in dispute with the expert. The expert confirmed that he had delivered his report, as promised on 28 January.
As it happened we were lucky to complete at the last possible moment before France headed for lock down. He can’t visit from Normandie and the gates are chained up and the grass grows ever longer. I suspect he is a property developer and his plans for Le Petit Marais will give the house a new lease of life and hopefully his family will move in and help sustain St Julien de l’Escap.
Most of all I wish the house well, we had it for almost twenty nine years and thanks to the Tempete in 1999 and our rebuilding of the batiments we probably left it in a better state than we found it.
I loved the place and I share that love with all the family and friends who visited Le Petit Marais over so many years.
I miss it – every day.