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Maison Secondaire

Your French Holiday Home

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Welcome to FrenchEntrée's Maison Secondaire zone. When it comes to dreaming, having a holiday home in France is at the top of the list. If you're thinking of taking the plunge or have already done so, this zone is here to help.
Do you need to open a French bank account? Here's why it is probably a good idea and how to go about it.
For advice on connecting to water, electricity, gas plus the internet and TV in France, see utilities
You will need French holiday home insurance, whether your property is just for you or you plan to rent it out.
A swimming pool is a must? Then make sure you know about the French pool safety laws.
We also have tips on how to rent out your French holiday home.
And if you're in need of inspiration take a look at our real lives.

A Gîte in France

Everything you need to know about starting, running and marketing a gîte in France.

Where to Shop in France

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Looking for DIY materials, furniture and accessories? Here's
where to look

Renovation & Decoration in France

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Renovating your second home in France? For a comprehensive guide to everything from hiring an artisan to planning laws and techniques, see Renovation & Decoration

Editor's pick

There are tax implications when you rent out your French home to holiday makers. Our tax expert from Siddalls explains. more...

Parc Mayenne: your holiday home in a perfect location

© Looking for a property in France but don’t want to spend your well earned holiday tackling the jungle that was your garden? Why not consider a mobile home ... more...

Buying and enjoying your French holiday home

Whether you're planning to buy a second home in France or already have one, our Maison Secondaire zone is packed with advice, useful tips and real life stories.

If you're still undecided where to buy your second home, then why not take a look at FrenchEntrée's guide to the regions of France

Retrospective planning permission

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The process of regularisation and how to survive French planning regulations... more...

How to manage your French home when you're away

Housesit MatchHowever one comes to be in France, one seldom leaves unaffected. Whether you visit for a brief sojourn or you arrive on a professional visit, it can leave a mark so indelible that you decide that you have to find a way of returning, or staying. more...

Looking after French property became our business

Les Bons Voisins look after your French propertySally Stone of Les Bons Voisins explains how her successful franchise business looking after people's French property started, and provides invaluable advice to those wishing to start their own business in France more...

Beginner's Guide to Buying French Property

This Guide has been written to give you a general step-by-step overview of the property buying process. It includes information about estate agents, the notaire, contracts, clauses, surveys, mortgages and much more. more...

Quality holiday homes in the Languedoc-Roussillon

Eurobase Mobile homesEurobase Mobile Homes provide dream holiday homes on a wide selection of quality parks all over France. They feature an impressive portfolio of campsites and pitches including several exclusive gems in highly sought after areas.

How to Set-Up a Website for Your French Holiday Home

Template based websites can look greatIt’s an easy decision to harness the power of the Internet to market your French holiday home, but don’t underestimate the importance of effective presentation and promotion of your website. Here, we provide some guidance on getting started with your site and how to get potential customers to view your carefully crafted pages. more...

The FrenchEntrée guide to searching for property in France

Many of the same house-hunting rules apply to those buying a second home in France as to those looking to move permanently - especially as many holiday home owners go on to become residents. Here the FrenchEntrée team offers practical advice about how to decide what to buy and where – and how to go about looking for it more...

Buying a holiday home in France ...?

house in FranceA holiday home in France is a great idea but like all good things, it takes some planning and a little effort to make it work. Here are a few practical tips to help you get the most out of your maison secondaire more...

Electricity, water and telephone...

telephone illustrationAs with your full-time home, your second home will need to be connected up to all the utilities, and perhaps the internet and TV more...

Purchasing a new mobile home

Payment charter - a promise to the customer Caravans in the SunHaving such a great variety of new and resale mobile homes along with a vast selection of destinations, Caravans in the Sun feel that they may have something for everyone. Mobile homes are extremely competitively priced with brand new mobile homes sited in the sun from just £18,995 and sited resale static caravans from only £3,995.
Find out more...


Thinking of buying a second home in France? Be inspired by those who have already done it by clicking on the articles below

'Building our own French holiday home - from 1,400 km away!'

Quelle Vue! For most people buying a house that already has four walls and a garden is complicated enough. But not Angela Bennett. She and her family decided to build their own... more

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Chez Nous celebrates 30 years

30 years of Chez NousChez Nous is celebrating 30 years offering holiday-makers some of the loveliest self-catering properties in France. makes it easy to find your ideal cottage, which can be booked directly with the property owner.

Mobile homes for sale in France from £5,995

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New holiday homes from £18,500

EurobaseSimple steps to luxury living - Choose a park, pick a pitch, select a home, enjoy! Pitches available on beautiful parks in France. See how easy it can be with Eurobase Mobile Homes.

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UK Telecom40% off your broadband & FREE CALLS to French and UK mobiles. Management of new line installations, unlimited call packages and much more. Save money here.

Financial advice & solutions for people relocating to France

Download Siddalls help sheets for "your new life in France" by clicking here.

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