Who can resist the lure of an estate agent’s window – especially when they find themselves somewhere new and charming? Not me, that’s for sure. I had only been in the town of Lalinde for ten minutes before I started scanning property details in the central square.
Lalinde is a bastide town about 20km to the east of Bergerac. Made of the local golden stone, it is laid out in the strict linear pattern typical of the style.
Originally built by the English, Lalinde has retained its central hall, and various half-timbered – colombage, to use the local term – buildings remain too.
On one side of the town is the Dordogne river and on the other a canal. Plus, there’s a pretty lake in the middle. It’s a delightful town that seems to have enough going on that you could happily spend several days there.
Or longer perhaps. Years even.
The estate agents’ windows showed a range of attractive properties, in various states of repair – many of which seemed very affordable. We have added it to our shortlist of places for further consideration.