Stephen and Jeany sign contract to buy land

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So finally, seven months after first seeing the plot and expressing an interest, we have finally signed the ‘compromis’ to buy the land. It is a beautiful 1.8 hectare (4.5 acre) plot between Cotignac and Entrecasteaux overlooking some beautiful vineyards and distant hills.

Now the ‘fun’ really starts. The ‘compromis’ is conditional on the council giving us planning permission which means we have sixty days to agree a drawing and submit for planning approval. Then we have to wait three months to find out if we have had our plans approved. And that’s if it goes smoothly – which unfortunately I don’t think it will as we have a neighbour who we fully expect to object and who, ironically, is English!

Meanwhile the constructible part the land is being cleared this week (it is otherwise entirely covered in trees) and then the land surveyor is coming to mark out the area that we can build on. All quite exciting – although we mustn’t let ourselves become too attached to the outcome as there is plenty of opportunity to for this project to fail. Come on Stephen – be more positive!

Anyway, I’ll keep you posted

Stephen Cronk
The author: Stephen Cronk

I became captivated with the world of wine whilst on a visit to the Barossa Valley during my gap year in Australia. I went on to join a London wine merchant and studied wine for several years before starting my own wine business at 24. I sold the business aged 30 and went into Telecoms for 15 years, during which time I began cooking up the plan to create Mirabeau.

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