A new law has come about in the Morbihan departement of Brittany whereby house buyers will have to acknowledge a clause in their purchase contracts enabling hem to be aware that buying a home in the countryside also means tolerating and living with the possibilities of church bells ringing, chickens clucking, the smell of manure, seagull droppings, boat sirens, as well as noises and smells emanating from tractors. Vive la campagne!

As you can see from the above picture, we have integrated into the Breton lifestyle and loving it too!

For more information on this new law, here is a snippet from an article from The Connection, an English newspaper in France:

“A new clause in contracts for homebuyers in Morbihan confirms they will accept the sights, sounds and smells of country life.

House hunters in Morbihan, Brittany, will from now on have a new clause in their purchase contracts acknowledging that they are aware of the audible, visual and olfactory environment of any property they wish to buy.

This comes months after the death of infamous rooster Maurice, who became a symbol of the clash between urbanisation and rural tradition in France. Maurice’s loud crowing was the subject of noise complaints from neighbours in the île d’Oléron, off the west coast of France.

City-dwellers who have moved to the French countryside have lodged complaints about issues such as the smell of manure and noise coming from tractors.”