Centre-Val de Loire - Oak production and highly sought-after hunting grounds
The majority of forests are privately owned
There are some magnificent state-owned estates such as the forest of OrlÃ©ans, the largest state forest in France, and the forests of Chambord and ChÃ¢teauroux, which also contribute to the regionâs forest reputation.
Forest transactions in Centre-Val de Loire are common as most of the forest is privately owned. The dominant species is the oak and the Centre-Val de Loire region is the leading French region for the total volume of standing timber.
It also ranks first in France for its high-quality oak production. The forests in Centre-Val de Loire are known for their sessile oak trees, the most sought-after species in France for use in cooperage.
Sologne with its hunting estates and grounds is a particularly appealing area, making the Centre regionâs forests extremely popular. Buying a forest in Centre-Val de Loire is therefore a very attractive proposition.
Who buys forests in Centre-Val de Loire?
The region attracts many buyers looking for a hunting estate: Sologne is indeed a premier destination for hunting in France! The Sologne area alone harbors the highest concentration of hunting grounds in France.
The forests of Centre-Val de Loire also attract buyers of production forests, especially those looking for high-quality oak. Most of the wood harvested goes to industry.
The forests of Centre-Val de Loire meet the various demands of buyers seeking either a production forest or a woodland in which to hunt, in other words a âpassion buyâ.
The region is a good place in which to make a rational acquisition The wood quality is excellent and access is excellent thanks to the many ‘star-shaped’ intersections, a distinctive feature of the royal forests.
Prices are also reasonable, except in Sologne where the hunting estates come at a high cost. Allow for an average €1,000/hectare for a hunting enclosure with its buildings.
A forest acquisition in Centre-Val de Loire costs between €5,000-8,000 per hectare for a production forest outside Sologne.
Only an accurate valuation of the forest plot can give you a real idea of the price of your forest in Centre-Val de Loire.
Forêt Investissement provides this appraisal as part of a FNAIM exclusive sales mandate.