What We Do


French Character Homes was founded in 2008 by Joanne Davey and Jean-Marc Labardacq and operates as an independent, fully registered and insured, estate agency. Our portfolio of properties, include châteaux, manor houses, farmhouses and water mills: each carefully selected for their period architecture and un-spoiled locations.

French Character Homes is based in the beautiful historic city of Pau; just one hour from both the ski slopes of the Pyrenees and the sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast, around Biarritz. We promote this region of southwest France, as we truly believe that it offers something for everyone. From the world famous surfing along the Atlantic coast and the ski slopes of the Pyrenees, to the charming “old Béarn” market towns and the vibrant historic city of Pau.

Our energetic and dedicated team have many years experience in helping clients, from all over the world, relocate to France.  Joanne moved to France in 2002 and is fully immersed in French life, having over 10 years experience in estate agency and having raised her two children through the French education system.  Jean-Marc is native to the region and has over twenty years experience, as well as having been elected as deputy mayor of his village.

Our valued, bilingual team includes Samantha Harris who has over twelve years experience in the property market and covers the area to the west of Pau, around Salies de Béarn; Edward Bulwer-Long who has lived in France for over 10 years and covers the Landes region and Rebecca Garnett-Bézie, tri-lingual French, German and English, who settled in the South-West with her French partner in 2002, and has extensive experience of running businesses in France together with raising three children here.  

We pride ourselves in providing a professional service throughout the entire process, from the initial viewing selection right through to ownership and relocation. Our ultimate goal is to exceed our clients’ expectations!


Join our Team as an Agent Commercial

French Character Homes is looking for bilingual, dynamic and self-motivated sales people to join our team.  

As an Agent Commercial your role will include sourcing properties, photographing and writing marketing details as well as effectively communicating with prospective clients, vendors, and legal professionals. 

Full in-house training will be provided; however, a sales background would be desirable.

Please send a copy of your CV and a brief explanation of why you feel you could be a perfect addition to our team to  sales@frenchcharacterhomes.com  


French Character Homes  Office +33 (0)5 59 12 28 13   

Joanne Davey +33 (0)6 77 70 21 98          Jean-Marc Labardacq + 33 (0)6 10 63 08 72