Belvès, Dordogne

We did it: we bought a place!

Yesterday we signed the paperwork and got the keys for the property that will become both our home and our business. After several years in the planning, we have done it!

The building slap bang on the high street of Belvès, one of France’s plus beaux villages, is ours.

I have to admit to being a little teary-eyed yesterday as we went back to the property after our meeting with the notaire. With the acte authentique signed, the goal we’ve been working towards these past few years is becoming a reality.

Now the hard work really begins.

We’re going to make a start today on stripping wallpaper. Yes, in 36°C heat.

The proper building work can’t start till after mid-September, though. That’s because we’re on the high street of a touristic village.

A skip outside is a no-no during the peak season, the mairie told has us. We understand completely.

“By this time next year, our cheese-and-wine bar will be up and running”

We had some good news last week about the work we want to have done to the façade. The Architecte des Bâtiments de France has given us the go ahead to replace the front window with bifold doors.

We’ll have that work done in the coming months.

Belvès, Dordogne

We also need to install four shower rooms upstairs and a toilet downstairs, convert the attic and reconfigure the layout a bit. It’s all very exciting.

And most importantly, by this time next year, our cheese-and-wine bar will be up and running. We’ll have guest accommodation upstairs too.

I’m happy.

When you get a moment, please raise a glass to wish us well! And if you’re in Dordogne next year, come and raise one of our glasses…!

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35 thoughts on “We did it: we bought a place!

  1. Congratulations 🥂

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  2. Congratulations on realizing this goal. All the best as the rest of your plans unfold. We will come and visit next year.

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  3. Félicitations 🎉🎉🍾🥂💐

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  4. Miles on said:

    well done! Have booked my ticket already!

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  5. Yeah…. am looking forward to a petite sojourne…. en Belves! brilliant….

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  6. Congratulations, your choice of village is excellent, we have friends who have lived there and around there ( having moved a couple of times) since they arrived 30+ years ago, and they still love the town, as do we. It looks to me a better choice than the one in Issigeac, so all’s well that ends well. We shall certainly come to visit and raise a glass. Good luck with everything.

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  7. Fabulous! Really is a dream turned into reality. This year Monaco home exchange beginning in 3 weeks. But maybe next year Dordogne! Best of luck with the remodeling.

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  8. Nice looking place sure will stop by once all in place ::) Congrats!

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  9. Oh well done – some good news to enjoy amongst the background Brexit angst. The canicule? – well, if course, you’ll want to get started! And I hope we’ll be able to drop in and visit you next year. Glass raised…!

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  10. great…….congrats

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  11. Great news. I’m toasting to your continuing success with a large single malt!

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  12. Congratulations to you both. It sounds like it’s been a long road but I’m sure you will make a brilliant success of your new adventures. Best of luck!

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  13. Best of luck, you both
    p.s. just wondering whether you will change the name of your blog to ‘a new life in Belvès’
    (that is if you would still have time to continue blogging aout your new life)

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  14. Congratulations! Sounds so exciting! Looking forward to updates…

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  15. Well done! I am dead envious of you living in Belves where my heart still lies. Make sure you meet Hugh and Denise in Monpazier soon. Give them our love. Which place did you buy in Rue Jacques Manchotte? Gail

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    • We have bought the old haberdashery, opposite the Médiéval restaurant. Do you know it? Apparently, it was the entry gate to the original village.

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      • Gail Bradley on said:

        Yes,I know it well. Belves needed an upmarket wine and cheese bar – too many old cafes, then two restaurants, but nothing in between. Considering the Dutch who come there, and the wine connection … something with “Van” in the name of the business could be a nice play on words? Will def come and see you next year. I am coming back to Belves. Good luck with all the work…. Gail from Australia

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      • Great. We aim to open in May. I look forward to seeing you next year!

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