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Canal du Midi - The Villages Group

March 2013

The Villages GroupThe image of retirement has changed dramatically in recent years. With the state pension age creeping up and financial uncertainty on the increase, more and more individuals are facing the prospect of working well beyond their official age of retirement. But it's not just the age of retirees that has changed - these days, a growing number are demanding 'active retirement.' 

The Villages Group
is the first active living resort in France dedicated to the over 50’s. Designed for living, the Villages situated in three stunning French communities in Bordeaux / Perigord, Canal du Midi and Provence offer one-level eco-friendly homes set within outstanding natural environments with full on-site amenities including tennis courts, indoor pool, gymnasium and a quality entertainment programmes.
The emphasis is on active living and the wide range of activities on offer includes tennis, archery, aerobics, equestrian events, sailing, boating and swimming in the village's outdoor and indoor pools. Owners enjoy special membership to the stunning nearby golf course and free bicycle hire. The development even boasts access to four ski resorts, all within a 55 mile radius. 

Canal du Midi

Social engagements abound, with a focus on arts and crafts, music, dance, wine and theatre. 

Located on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Canal du Midi, the village will be perfect as a hide-away but close enough to the Med to make the most of all that France has to offer.

The Canal du Midi has become a popular tourist destination in its own right due to the beauty of the waterways and surrounding countryside. Initially used to transport good Canal du Midi cyclingfrom the Atlantic to the Med - the Canal has now become a tourist attraction and place for leisure activities, with many people rowing, canoeing, fishing or even cruising on luxury hotel barges.

The Languedoc-Roussillon is easily accessible by air, rail and road. With five main airports in Nimes, Montpellier, Carcassonne, Beziers and Perpignan as well as other airports nearby in Toulouse, Avignon, Marseille and Girona the most popular way to reach the region from the UK is by air. A number of low cost carries fly direct from the UK including Flybe, Ryanair, Bmibaby and EasyJet.

The Villages concept is certainly not a place where the older generation go to live out their remaining days in seclusion. For us, we have a positive forward thinking approach about our own Villages in France, providing a lifestyle that we believe will be most attractive to active 50+s who want to live their lives to the full in one of the top ten expat countries in the world that affords a relaxed pace of life, stunning natural landscapes and low living costs.

Canal du Midi

House prices at Le Village-Canal du Midi start from around £200,000, which includes all closing costs and the first year's management fee and taxes; weekly maintenance costs are £40 per week including all activities. All houses are finished to an exceptionally high standard and clients have a choice of colour scheme and have an input into interior design factors such as the style of kitchen.

For more information contact The Villages Group on + 33 1 4007 8625 or visit   


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