Poitou-Charentes Property Buying Guide

Halfway down the west coast of France, Poitou-Charentes (now part of the newly-formed super region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine) encompasses the departments of Deux-Sèvres in the northwest, Vienne in the northeast, Charente in the southeast, Charente-Maritime in the west; and is also home to the famed Île de Ré and Île d’Oléron islands.

My dress agency in Poitou-Charentes

In the three years since Terry Warren opened Je Ne Sais Quoi in La Rochefoucauld, she has seen everything from old knickers to vintage Chanel come through the doors of her dress agency. FrenchEntrée asks her how she – and her two teenage children – came to be in the Charente and what she hopes to achieve with the business.

Buying in the Poitou-Charentes

Following my last article on the healthy state of the “French property market” I thought it would be useful to highlight the five most common mistakes UK purchasers make when looking for their dream home in the Poitou-Charentes.

Market Days in Poitou-Charentes

You can’t live or visit France, without experiencing the local markets and fairs, and Poitou Charentes is no exception. They are generally held in the mornings so be prepared for an early start………..

Taste of the Terroir – Pays de la Loire

Well-known as ‘the garden of France’, Pays de la Loire is the place for fresh produce. But with its rivers and coastal edge, there’s also plenty of fishy business going on. Justin Postlethwaite browses the menu…   Nestling between Brittany

The Charente – A Collection of Useful Articles

Discover more about the Charente a beautiful, unspoiled area of France with our selection of useful articles covering climate, landscape, attractions, access, property styles, prices and more.

Taste of the Terroir – The Vienne

Famous for its picturesque green pastures, for the majestic River Vienne, and as the land of Futuroscope, this beautiful department in Poitou-Charentes is perhaps less known for its gastronomy. However, there are many culinary delights to enjoy, as Nina Richards

Regional Property Guide: Aquitaine

Despite its long and rich history, not many people know of Aquitaine, although many will be familiar with place names such as Biarritz, St.Emilion and Arcachon, or have probably consumed its most famous exports, wine, cognac, and foie gras.

Why France is Enjoying a Macron Boom

  With Hollande gone and the new President in place, France has been enjoying a property resurgence in all regions. Tristan Rutherford explains what’s in it for Brits and how long it will last “We have one of the most

Live the Dream in Dordogne – Dordogne Buying Guide

Annaliza Davis reveals the myriad delights of this south-western département, which is a confirmed favourite with British property buyers… For many overseas visitors, the Dordogne sums up the French experience, with its green, undulating landscapes, magnificent riverside châteaux, historic towns,

Brittany Property Guide

Buying a Home in Brittany

A Breton harbour scene at Saint-Brieuc on Brittany’s justly celebrated Côtes-d’Armor Annaliza Davis reveals why this idyllic area of France, which is a just a short hop across the Channel, is such a hit with overseas property buyers and visitors

Le Manoir Reborn

Justin Postlethwaite talks to the owner of a gîte in Poitou-Charentes, Le Manoir des Couts, about restoring the 16th-century manor house…   FrenchEntrée Magazine: Can you tell us what drew you to Poitou-Charents? Francine Dunkley/ We used to live in

Buying Hotspots – Ruffec

This attractive floral town, which was awarded ‘two flowers’ by Le Conseil National des villes et Villages Fleuris, dates back to the 10th century. Founded by King Lothias, Ruffec was once home to a castle fortress and the surrounding area boasts a vast range of historic landmarks, vineyards, natural beauty spots, rivers and much more.

Limousin vs Dordogne: A Regional Property Guide

PROPERTY SHOWDOWN In this edition we move down towards the Southwest of France to compare the benefits of buying in two areas of Nouvelle-Aquitaine ~Limousin~   This bucolic area at the heart of France boasts a contrasting landscape of verdant

Nouvelle Aquitaine

A Guide to the Departments of Nouvelle Aquitaine

Nouvelle Aquitaine is the official name of one of the new regions of France which was formed by merging the three former administrative regions of Aquitaine, Limousin and Poitou-Charentes, during the restructuring of France’s regions in January 2016. The regional

Confolens in Charente

Property guide to the Charente

Thinking of buying a property in Poitou-Charentes? This article is an introductory guide to the area covering climate, landscape, attractions, access, property styles and prices.

French regional education contacts

Regional and departmental education contacts in France

Your handy list of French region and department education authority contacts in France Below is a run-down of the major educational structures in France followed by a comprehensive list of the regional academy contacts in France, plus the departmental services within those regions.

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Get your dream property in France for less

With a strong pound and property prices still low in,France it is a great time to find a bargain and buy your dream property in France for less. Av€200,000 property will now cost you £18,900 less compared with January 2014!

French property with a dependence

Jacqueline Miller, FrenchEntrée property finder for La Rochelle and the Vendée coast, has noticed that an increasing number of properties are being sold with a dependence – well worth knowing about if you are looking to buy a house in France.

When renovators become residents

Val Walmsley tells the story of how she snapped up a renovation project as a second home. But once work had begun to transform the two C18 farmhouses (one habitable, the other in a sorry state) she couldn’t bear to leave and soon persuaded her other half to make France their permanent place of residence

Legal Considerations When Installing a Pool

All in ground swimming pools in France require planning permission. Abris or pool houses also require planning permission, but above ground pools that are not built as a permanent structure do not.

Living the Dream in Deux-Sevres

Gordon and Jocelyn Simms are writers and poets and, when they decided to retire to France, it was important that they found the perfect place in which to ‘live their dream’.  Gordon tells the tale of how they found their mill home by the river.

Provencal Omelet Cake

Al fresco lunches in the summer sunshine – Provencal omlete cake is a delicious and unusual dish created by Mary Cadogan. It can be prepared the day before; serve with green salad and a sharp white wine.

Tel Turnbull – Potter

Tel Turnbull was born in the industrial Midlands and some of his first recollections were of the smoking bottle kilns. Since he and his wife Katie moved to France in 2007 he has created a centre where visitors can enjoy the experience of creating their own pots.

Inspirational cookery courses

Fed up with preparing the same old meals? How about spending a day with a professional cook and food writer? Beryl Brennan spent a day with Mary Cadogan, ex Food Director of the BBC Good Food Guide, getting some tips on vegetarian cookery.

Maintaining your children’s English in France

When Kathryn Dobson moved to France with her family she soon realised that her children were losing their knowledge and ability to write English. So she set up a small school that now runs a variety of classes and groups for both native English-speaking and French children and their parents…

Why I chose… gîtes in Deux-Sèvres

Image not found.How do you find your French house? Why did you choose it? And what lessons have you learnt? Each month FrenchEntrée asks a homeowner to explain their choice of property in France. This month we talk to…….Graeme and Graziella Swan

Cancer Support In France

A short time after moving to France, Linda Shepherd discovered she had breast cancer. The following months were deeply traumatic – but today she is using her experience to help others through the association Cancer Support France

AVF – Help when moving to your new town

AVF (Acceuil des Villes Francaises) is a national association (registered under French law) with 350 local branches throughout France including 3 in Deux-Sevres. It is a non-political organisation, run by trained volunteers. There are plenty of events and also French conversation groups.

Melon au Pineau

This is the next recipe in our Charentaise series and this time we are on éntrees and here are three ways to serve a lovely Charentaise melon.

Veggie Recipe

A quick and easy recipe to use up walnuts from last autumn’s harvest. A perfect dish to serve with fresh bread, salads and cheese for a light summer lunch or picnic…

Wheels in Charente

In July 2003 we began our search for a place in France. After several months of looking for a holiday cottage we changed our minds and decided to look for a permenant home …

Open Door – Living With Illness

Lynn Beaumont & Tony Webster started ‘Open Door’ in Civray – or Association La Porte Ouverte to give it its official name – almost two years ago as a Drop-in Centre to support people affected by long-term illness, either as a sufferer or carer …

Starting a Gite Business

If you’ve ever wondered whether it’s feasible to start a gite business in France, you’re not alone. Many people now say that the industry is ‘saturated’ and that it …