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Property Viewing in France: Planning Your Trip

Once your French property search is underway and you’ve started to make a list of potential properties, the next step is to start organising your house-hunting trip. From booking house viewings to the essential questions you should ask your French

Checklist

Property Update: Your Viewing Checklist

House hunting abroad doesn’t have to be a whole new ballgame – as long as you know the rules Book appointments in advance This will help to avoid disappointment, especially at peak viewing times. Do bear in mind that agents

April and Don Baggs

View from the Vendor: Live Virtual Viewings

April and Don Baggs are a semi-retired British couple living in Normandy wanting to move to the beautiful upper Dordogne valley in Corrèze, to replicate the landscape of the lower Wye Valley, from whence they came. They share their experience

Lake house

Wine and More in Côte-d’Or

In the heart of Burgundy’s wine country, this sun-dappled département boasts some of the most achingly pretty towns and villages in the region – all knitted together by gorgeous vineyards, says Dominic Bliss They are some of the greatest names

Dordogne cottage

WIN a week for two in the Dordogne Valley worth £698

In partnership with online rental specialist French Connections, we’re offering a lucky reader the chance to win a week for two in a self-catered holiday cottage in the green heart of the Dordogne Valley.

Win a Week for Six on a Lavender Farm Worth £1,345

In partnership with online rental specialist French Connections, we’re offering a lucky reader the chance to win a week for up to six people in Lavender Cottage, a charming blue-shuttered beauty in the Lot

Win a Week for Two in the Dordogne Valley Worth £698

In partnership with online rental specialist French Connections, we’re offering a lucky reader the chance to win a week for two in a self-catered holiday cottage in the green heart of the Dordogne Valley

Winter Sales Dates for 2019

The winter sales will begin on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 and end on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. However, special dates are applied to certain border and overseas departments

WIN a week in Provence for up to 4 people worth €525

In partnership with online rental specialist French Connections, we are offering a lucky reader the chance to win a week for up to four people in one of Maison de l’Ara’s self-catered apartments in Vence.

WIN a week’s stay for two in Charente worth €700

In partnership with online rental specialist French Connections, we are offering you the chance to win a holiday for two at Le Raby – Le Pressoir. With a heated swimming pool and stunning views, this charming gîte a stone’s throw

French Wines Uncorked – FAQs

From choosing the best vintage (for you) to decanting and making heads or tails of tasting notes, Majestic Wine expert James Godfrey gets down to brass tacks   Q Why is wine so much cheaper in France than the UK?

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Make the Most of Your Viewing Trip

If you’re looking for houses in France, it pays to be prepared. Follow our handy bullet-point guide to making the most of your viewing trip. * Make sure you have appointments booked with agents – don’t expect to just walk

WIN! A HOLIDAY WORTH £560 FOR UP TO 4 PEOPLE

In partnership with online rental specialist French Connections, we are offering you the chance to win a holiday at The Gîte. With a heated pool and gorgeous lake views, this charming property, a stone’s throw from Lamballe, is the perfect

FRANCE’S TOP FIVE WINTER ACTIVITIES

France’s balmy summer climes may be alluring, but there’s also plenty to do during the festive period. From Christmas markets to a parade of turkeys, here are five to-dos for your diary…   1. Skiing (and more) in the Alps

New Life, New Jardin! Growing Tea

Since putting own roots in the village of Puycelsi in the Tarn, garden designer Helen Medlycott has embraced the French way of life. Here she reveals her ambitious plan to diversify and grow tea… There’s nothing I like more than

Bottles of Château Haut Gléon from Languedoc

Win Six Bottles of Château Haut Gléon from Languedoc

We’ve teamed up with Les Vignobles Foncalieu to offer one lucky reader six bottles of wine from the beautiful Château Haut Gléon in the Languedoc. The delicious prize is three bottles of Haut Gléon Rouge, a generous and intense wine with soft

The Beat that My Heart Skipped blu ray

Win Classic Thriller the Beat That My Heart Skipped

We have three copies of The Beat That My Heart Skipped, a must-have for your film collection, to give away. This 2007 offering from Jacques Audiard is a gripping, Paris-based gangland thriller. It stars Romain Duris as a seedy real

Vineyards in Côtes du Rhône

Win Six Bottles of Côtes Du Rhône Wine

Côtes du Rhône Wines is France’s second largest AOC wine area, with a culture and history as vibrant as a sip of their wines. The wines from Côtes du Rhône make the perfect match whatever is on the table –

Flammarion books

Win Chic Books on Paris and French Interiors

Thanks to our friends at Flammarion, we have two elegant books to offer one lucky winner. Parisian Chic: City Guide is Inès de la Fressange’s wardrobe and interiors style bible, featuring her favourite boutique addresses. And New Vintage French Interiors

Louis Jadot Burgundy

Win six bottles of Louis Jadot wine

Founded in 1859, Louis Jadot is one of the largest and most prestigious Burgundy Houses – its influence stretching from the tip of Chablis right down to the toe of Beaujolais. Louis Jadot pick their grapes from some of the best

Pia Jakobsen, Promenade du Paillon, Nice, Summer 2014

We’ve Chosen the Winner of Our Photography Competition!

We’re happy to announce that Pia Jakobsen’s photograph of children playing among water fountains at one of the French Riviera’s most popular attractions has been named the winner of our photographic competition. Pia, a software engineer and avid amateur photographer from Oslo,

Winter recipe: Chicken, leek and Comté pie

Comté cheese is a pressed, cooked cheese from the Massif du Jura region in eastern France. Its nutty flavour makes it perfect for hearty winter recipes such as this take on a British classic: chicken and leek pie. Combined with tarragon

The sea during winter in Brittany

Winter in Brittany

Brittany tends to get overlooked in the winter. It only has one mountain peak, which is the mysterious and magical Menez Hom, but at 381 metres it certainly isn’t the place for a ski resort. Think of Brittany in winter

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Learning how to taste wine

Wine is a complex beverage, or at least it should be, and to understand a wine’s complexity and depth you need to analyze it.