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The perfectly practical EU second home in France’s best kept secret

by Archit Chopra Journalist
27th Aug 20 12:35 pm

For those dreaming of an accessible escape to the sun, or anywhere but the UK, the fantasy of investing in a practical, easy to reach second home is no longer a dream.

Nestled between Montpellier and the Spanish border in Marseillan is LUX La Baraquette Resorts & Residences, which is developed by Propriétés & Co and strikingly designed by Lázaro Rosa Violan. Purchasers looking for a practical easy to reach second home, can invest in the LUX lifestyle from €300,000 for a one-bedroom Garden Suite up to €4.5m for one of the four luxurious Waterfront Villas.

Even though air travel is likely to come back to a degree of normalcy following the pandemic, many are favouring alternative transport, such as via car or train, to visit a second home as it takes out the hassle of flying and means purchasers can enjoy the time taken to get there. Branded development LUX La Baraquette is a fantastic option for those who want to have the option of being able to travel by different modes of transport to their second home, as it is a great EU base. Homeowners at La Baraquette will benefit from the fantastic reputation, services, facilities and management, offered by a five-star hotel, whilst also having the privacy and permanency of their own home.

John Bartram, Sales Specialist with Propriétés & Co said, “During the peak of lockdown restrictions, we received a number of really positive, quality enquiries from buyers looking for havens in the EU where they could work remotely for extended periods of time, for an authentic lifestyle in the sun, that is easily accessible, whilst also having the ability to ‘lock-up and leave’ whenever they needed to.

“We are organising online viewings and socially distant face to face viewings for customers who feel comfortable with this option, so they can experience the idyllic setting of Marseillan and see how LUX La Baraquette is a practical and easy second home option for this ‘new normal’ way of life we are all living. Each trip to a second home must be meaningful and easy, for a weekend or a month, with as little time spent on hassle and maintenance. At LUX La Baraquette, we offer that.”

LUX La Baraquette makes a perfect second home for those who are looking for both a weekend away and a longer-term base where they can spend several weeks or months. With the sun-baked region of Marseillan basking in over 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s hard to see why you wouldn’t make LUX La Baraquette your home for some of the year.

J-F Garneau, from the development team at Proprités & Co added, “What really distinguishes LUX La Baraquette Resort & Residences, from other branded residential offerings, is the usage programme available.  In addition to the ability to use the residence as a practical and easily accessible EU base that offers affordable luxury, the flexible usage programme we offer means purchasers can use their home up to 6 months of the year,  while also having their property generate returns through lettings manages by LUX.

With Brexit rapidly approaching on the horizon, most EU countries have confirmed that they will allow UK nationals to enter for up to 90 days without a visa. For UK citizens wanting to invest in an EU base that they will be able to use more often than not though, they may need to apply for residency before the end of the transition period to make the most out of their second home.

Purchasers who choose to spend several weeks or months of the year in their home at LUX La Baraquette and are carbon concise, have the flexibility to use Europe’s extensive train network to travel to their home. Train travel from London St-Pancras to Marseillan, via Paris, is a great alternative to flying, and many will agree that it is much more civilized. With a journey time of just over eight hours and the French countryside outside the window of a high-speed train, the authentic south of France is an easy commute.

For those who would like to make the trip via train but are concerned about the lack of car, if staying for several weeks or months, LUX La Baraquette is on hand to help. The estate management concierge makes available open-top electric vehicles, can drive guests around in resort vehicles and can arrange for long term eco-friendly rental cars. This gives residents many options and the freedom to explore the region and its myriad of beautiful towns and villages. As well as eco-friendly vehicle options, resort boats will be available to ferry owners to and from popular lunch spots, beaches, and towns.

In addition, for those who choose to make the journey to LUX La Baraquette by car, there will be underground parking, helping to preserve the resort’s car-free environment as well as the peace and tranquillity. Each home will benefit from a least one dedicated parking space making it easy to travel to LUX La Baraquette from further afield.

At the edge of the Bassin de Thau, LUX La Baraquette Resort & Residences is redefining branded residences with a fresh, uncomplicated take on luxury, ensuring that every detail is sensitively designed to naturally meld into the historic town of Marseillan. The residences have been thoughtfully designed by award-winning architects, Slow Life Architects and interiors, as well as restaurants designed by Lázaro Rosa Violan.

Owners of the private residences at LUX La Baraquette will enjoy access to the resort’s full complement of facilities, including the 11-acre private vineyard and La Baraquette Wine Academy, which includes bespoke individual harvest experiences, winemaking courses and personal wine storage options. Residents also benefit from membership to the resort’s Nautical Club, maintenance and housekeeping services.

Offering a range of properties suited to a variety of budgets and lifestyles, hassle-free property management and a rental scheme offering exceptional investment and the option to reclaim 20% VAT, LUX La Baraquette is the perfect base for those looking for a balanced lifestyle in the ‘new normal’.

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