Our Grand Design in Montemboeuf, Charente, France


It’s ours! C’est le notre!

Ready to design our own Grand Design!

Ready to design our own French Grand Design!

Hooray – the land in Montemboeuf is ours!

To get through this final stage we had to sign a proxy form with ‘lu et approuvé bon pour pouvoir’  which directly translates as ‘read and approved for good order”  but basically means  “valid as a power of attorney” (to be American about it).  This meant that we gave permission for someone else to sign the Acte Finale (usually the Notaire’s clerk) for us because we would not be there.  I don’t think that this really mattered because we were there for the signing of the Compris de Vente and this was very important to us.

I think we have mentioned this before, but do shop around when looking for a money transfer agency.  We were going to use the same company for our final payment as we we used for our deposit, but asked another and got a better deal.  With the sums we were talking it wasn’t a massive difference, but enough to have made it worth while.

I don’t think I can stress enough how much our Estate Agent helped us though the whole process.  If you do decide to buy property or land one of the most important things is to get a decent Estate Agent and one that is bilingual, especially if your French isn’t great.  Ours was and she helped us through the buying process every step of the way and was always responsive to our emails.

So we now have our CU (in writing) and the deeds… I can’t believe that we own a little corner of France!

Let the designs and planning application begin!


Almost there….y est presque

So the French Bank Account is open and we even have a French Mastercard which I think will come in very handy, even when we are not visiting monsieur bricolage or Reseau Pro!  Our certificat d’urbanisme has been approved and we have fixed our pounds sterling – euro exchange rate and we are ready to transfer the money to the Notaire.  All we need to do now is sign the  Acte Finale and the land is ours!  As we will not be there to sign the Acte, the Notaire’s clerk will sign it on our behalf.  It really is within touching distance…

View from northern side looking south

View from northern side looking south


We have also managed to fix a date to meet the planners in Confolens, (where our local préfecture) is based again to go through our final designs with them before we submit. Tom has revised our original drawings in to something that I think will work much better, but still makes the most of the views and the space that we have.  I am sure that they will change again as we get closer to submitting our plans, but in the meantime, I think what we have is fantastic.  Visit our design page where we will post the updates.