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The Good Life

29.03.21

For centuries, the Loire Valley has been a favourite destination of the cognoscenti, eager to immerse themselves in a region of France that typifies everything that’s good about life. Now an intimate residential community is being created for aspiring second-homers.

Already recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage region, the Loire Valley has it all: from historic chateaux, medieval towns and scenic villages to fine wines, mouth-watering cuisine and breath-taking landscapes.

Popular the world over, the region is much sought-after by prospective buyers seeking to claim a small corner of the region for themselves, and excitement is already high about a new luxury community launching this spring. Cour du Baron is an intimate residential neighbourhood that is being created at the heart of the prestigious Les Bordes Estate.

Just a 90-minute drive south of Paris and neighbouring the medieval town of Beaugency, the world-famous Les Bordes Estate sits within 1,400 acres of the Loire Valley’s Sologne Forest. Originally established in 1987 by Baron Marcel Bich, the community is proud of its reputation for offering understated luxury, leisure and sport in a unique natural setting blessed with glimpses of red deer, wild boar, sweeping lakes and natural habitats.

Home to Les Bordes Golf Club, one of the world’s most prestigious and exclusive golf clubs. The club, which is accessible exclusively by members and their guests, aims to deliver the best combined 46 holes of golf in continental Europe, including the much-lauded Old Course, the recently opened Wild Piglet 10-hole par three course and the eagerly anticipated second 18-hole New Course, designed by globally acclaimed American architect Gil Hanse and scheduled to open this summer. The golf club will remain independent of the broader estate and membership is through a separate application process.

In addition to golf, a number of new amenities have been added in the last two years since private equity firm RoundShield Partners acquired the estate. As today’s buyers seek refuge in environments which promote harmony, nature and outdoor adventures, Les Bordes has strived to create an appetising mix of estate amenities, including an equestrian centre, a natural swimming lake and white sand beach, boating lake, gym, go karting, cycle paths, archery, fishing, cycle and electric quad paths, tennis courts, petting farm and adventure playgrounds.

The owners’ vision is to combine understated living, connection with nature and the local environment, health and wellness, and the Cour du Baron offering is the latest exciting chapter in its history.

Les Bordes is offering a capsule collection of homes for purchase with something to suit every taste. Designed by renowned architects Michaelis Boyd, buyers have the choice of different interior furnishing options created by London-based Morpheus & Co, or they can opt for a unique bespoke design.

In addition, owners will benefit from Les Bordes’ Estate Management Package, which includes 24-hour security, concierge and maintenance, while the selection of ‘à la carte’ options cover everything from landscaping, housekeeping, laundry and childcare.

A soft launch of the phase one residences to existing golf club members has been hugely successful whilst enquiries from outside the club have been received from around the globe. Roll-out of the second phase of the Cour du Baron project will take place in June 2021, with another 48 properties available. Construction is due to begin later this summer and, with the project being meticulously planned, it is expected that anyone buying now will have their property delivered within two years, in time for the summer 2023 season.

Future plans include an announced partnership with Six Senses for the transformation of the 19th century ‘Chateau Bel Air’ into a luxury hotel comprising 88 suites and villas, 70 branded residences and a spa; a village square with shops and restaurants; an equestrian centre; an organic farm, an art gallery and an outdoor amphitheatre. Properties range from 2 to 7-bedrooms in 3 distinct exterior styles. Prices start from €800,000 including VAT.

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