5 Properties for sale in Haute-Marne, Grand-Est (formerly Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine and Alsace), France
As the southernmost department in Champagne-Ardenne, Haute-Marne finds itself on the fringes of Lorraine, Burgundy and Franche-Comté. Around 1,800km of waterways criss-cross the department as well as canals and lakes. Add to that the fact that 40% of the department forested, much of it publicly owned, and you have a haven for nature lovers. It takes its name from the Marne river, the source of which is located close to picturesque Langres, one of the larger towns and a port on the Canal de la Marne à la Saône.
CAPITAL: CHAUMONT was prominent as a glove making capital in the 19th century and now hosts the International Poster and Graphics Festival. One of its biggest cultural events is the Grand Pardon de Chaumont. First held in the 15th century, this much anticipated religious festival takes place every few years, whenever the feast of John the Baptist falls on a Sunday.
Average property prices
Haute-Marne: €75 000
Source: Notaires de France
Access from UK
By air: There are no airports in Haute-Marne; the nearest airports are in Strasbourg and Basel-Mulhouse (year-round flights)
By train: Eurostar to Paris and then regional trains to Chaumont
By road: Chaumont is 456km from Calais
Average annual temperature: (St-Dizier): 6.7ºC/15.7ºC
Average annual rainfall: 843.7mm
Average annual sunshine hours: 1,726.9
Follow a marked route between the villages of Joinville and Vignory to see the preserved rural lavoirs (wash houses). Fish for trout, grayling, pike and carp in the department’s many rivers or windsurf or sail on one of the lakes. For an alternative aqueous experience, go to the spa town Bourbonne-les-Bains, which was a favourite bathing spot with the Gauls. In Joinville, the Château du Grand Jardin is just one of several fine Renaissance castles and one of just three in France where you can see a garden typical of the period. LOCAL SPECIALITIES Try the orange-coloured cheese from Langres, matured in Marc de Champagne or Marc de Bourgogne for a distinctive flavour. For liquid refreshment, it has to be champagne.
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