Before we get started...Don't you sometimes wonder why 'about us' pages rarely tell you actually who you might be dealing with? www.ahouseinbrittany.com is the two of us... Micki and Chris Slade... We were prompted to get involved in this business after buying our own place in Brittany in 1999 for only £12,000 (those were the days!) via the loose, baggy and ad hoc system that existed at the time... Since buying our place we have been to-ing and fro-ing between Central Brittany & Southern Britain ever since, probably six times a year. @Brittany Ferries... if anyone of influence ever gets to read this - that's 180 voyages plus and never an upgrade to 'Commodore'. Commodore's the one with side by side beds instead of bunks, room to walk about within the cabins, a fridge with soft drinks and a TV with DVD player)... maybe next time!. In that time we've had the opportunity, in Brittany, to get to know one of the nicest places (with the nicest people) that it is possible to escape to... long or short term... for holidays, for investment or just... for life!

Need to speak to us about your ideal House in Brittany? - 01903 202272

We met at art college in Worthing, in Sussex, in the late 1960s. Our joint career path prior to marketing Brittany property was in both the creative, account handling and admin side of advertising and marketing... as good a grounding for what we do now as anything we could have dreamt up. It's all about selling the sizzle!

Using Our Site - when you are searching for a house to buy: We are A House in Brittany and Normandy and that's probably what you are after and why you have arrived here. Our site is about houses in Brittany and Normandy. It's simple...You see something you like the look of...you call us on 01903 202272 OR...make contact via the forms at the base of each property page... OR if you're interested in viewing or enquiring about more than one (of course you are)...then make up a a shortlist of properties as you browse - those that 'light your lamp' and click to send them with your contact details and we will get back to you...et Robert est votre oncle! Voilá! We work closely with agents across the peninsula who are happy for us to display their wares... In the past our site has often been easier for browsers to find than the agent's own - I'm hoping that is still the case - otherwise we're doomed! Good Hunting! btw... you will pay no more for your property when you allow us to do the hard work for you... We receive a percentage of the agency fee but only when you have completed on your property and not before! 

Selling a Property: If you own and are selling a property in Brittany or Normandy and you wish to display it on our site we must first place it with one of the registered agents we work with... Your house will then appear on our own site and that of the agent on the ground over there. There are NO charges for this - The purchaser pays the fees when buying and we (sometimes - but are working on making it always) receive a fee from the selling agent we have placed your property with.

We had been running this business for 2 years before formalising things and, on the way, hitting 22,000 visitors a month to the website (those were also the days!). So, it was time to 'shape up'. In July of 2002 we became A House in Brittany Limited. We had been on a couple of viewing trips ourselves using various differing methods of approach... The Notaire route... The Independent French agency route and the "let's just wander around hoping for the best" route... In the end we found our house (photo attached) quite by chance after a disastrous day of viewing with local Brittany Immobiliers. In those days (and things are very different today) the printed details of agents on the ground were very sketchy with just one photograph and the scantest of written information... Actually it can still be like that in places.

 
A lot has changed over those 14 years... for a start many of the agencies with whom we first collaborated have gone by the board and disappeared in the recession. We've been fortunate to survive. Our new-look website is building slowly to host the volume of 1,000 properties which the original AHIB site has carried (Normandy is being done in the background right now) and each site has become a collection that you will not find anywhere else, being a conduit also to a group of agents, our associates - all English speaking - who will guide you through the hairpin bends of buying a property in a country where French is not your first language, but where you can feel safe that those you will meet have all trodden the path before you, taking you from viewing to Compromis de Vente to Completion and beyond... Maison to Manoir...Ruin to Renovation... Petite to Palatial and, from "Ooh" and "Ahh" to "Ooh-la-lah!"

If there is anything you are unsure of - don't hesitate to give us a call (01903 202272) or drop us an enquiry e-mail

Good Hunting!