A Brief History of the Agency

Some thirty years ago, Philip Hawkes, a British Solicitor, and his wife Patricia, decided to share their unrivalled knowledge, first hand experience and amazing network of contacts with a few people who saw the good sense in owning a French château.

Philip Hawkes, the pioneer Anglo-Saxon agency in the French residential market, has been growing in reputation and stature ever since.

"This agency grew out of my fascination with the country houses of Europe and in particular my love of French Châteaux, their architectural flair and style and the deeply diverse influences involved in the construction of these remarkable edifices throughout the ages; I could not bear to see these Châteaux being neglected, some falling down around our ears, and thought that perhaps by finding some new owners to introduce investment into this market, we might be able to help save some of them. And we have. It is very satisfactory!"

The Hawkes have owned a very beautiful moated château in Burgundy, which dates from before the 18th Century, since 1979. When they talk about French lifestyle, 'La Vie de Château', they know, first-hand, what they are talking about.

Having established the agency as leaders in the field of historic properties and châteaux throughout France, Philip Hawkes opened the Paris Department to meet the growing demand from overseas buyers and investors as well as the cross business generated by the châteaux clients.

Over the years, the Hawkes have sold hundreds of châteaux and visited no fewer than ten thousand properties (many for purely asthetic fulfillment!) In 2005, they sold the most expensive château ever to come on the market, at 23 million Euros, to a well-known French bank.

Properties on the Paris listing also achieve record levels. For example, an exquisite, fully furnished property with idyllic views has an asking price of 73 million Euros, and one of the last, intact, private family mansions in Paris is on the market through Hawkes for 100 million Euros.

The Philip Hawkes Agency is constantly being written about in the press, particularly in England, and these articles bring in an interesting cross-section of clients, both buyers and sellers. Journalists are welcome to contact Hawkes for any further information.