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Become the Owner of a Seafront Holiday Home in the South of France

La Baraquette, in the Languedoc region of the South of France, is the Mediterranean’s most exciting new property development. The location of the land is unsurpassed, with magnificent views over the Thau Lagoon and the Mediterranean beyond. Set beside La Baraquette, a beautifully landscaped



Garden Zoning with Neptune by French Lily

  At Neptune, we talk a lot about seeing your garden as another room of your home. You might have noticed how we’ll suggest activity after activity that can be spent in your great outdoors so that it can be



Château Canet: Vineyard and Wine-making Tours

  At Château Canet, we believe that good wine is the result of a combination of good “terroir”, the proper tools and a talented winemaker. Floris and Victoria Lemstra have been at Château Canet for ten years, during which time



Common Moving Mistakes (& How to Avoid Them)

There are a number of major moving mistakes which can be made during your relocation process, resulting in problems that make the move unnecessarily complicated. With around three million people at risk a year, we’ve created this guide on common



Tax on Rental Income in France: An Overview

Non-national property owners in France who are in receipt of rental income must submit a tax return to the French tax office each year. However it can be confusing to know what your obligations are, especially if you don’t speak



Bijou Bakery Holiday Rental with Normandy Cooking Classes

  Welcome to Normandy Cooking Days & Gite. Set in the picturesque and idyllic village of Les Loges Marchis. Our family run holiday destination is all about offering a relaxing and traditional Normandy experience. Our holiday home is a converted



Artisan Central: Defence Against the Cowboys

  How many times have we heard tales of friends or acquaintances who have fallen foul of cowboy builders, electricians, or plumbers? Most of us are familiar with the term ‘P&O Qualified’, which refers to the shady operators who suddenly



Luxury Holiday Home in the Tuscany of France: Tarn-et-Garonne

    Luxury accommodation with pool and fabulous views overlooking a plus beau village de France. Enjoy local markets, festivals, wine, restaurants and beautiful countryside. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the medieval village of Lauzerte in the Tarn et Garonne,



French Rental Activity – Rules and Regulations

  If you earn an income from property in France, you are obliged to declare that income in France and pay any relevant taxes in France. UK residents would also declare their French income on their UK tax return and



Charming Holiday Gites For Rent in Brittany

Since 2006 we have been providing high quality self-catering accommodation in the four gites we renovated in two tiny hamlets in Cotes d’Armor. Enjoy the local markets, eat at auberges, watch the bird life, sketch the scenery, stroll along country



Banking in France with Agence Axa International

Banking in France Banking in France can seem very different to what you are used to. Things are changing and internet banking is becoming more popular, but some of the processes can still seem very dated and not very customer



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Visit France for a pre-wedding health retreat

For many brides-to-be the pressures of wedding planning can create a cauldron of stressful choices, difficult emotions and family feuds. Famed for its joie de vivre, escaping to France on a pre-wedding health retreat could be your best wedding idea



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French language tips: the pronoun ‘en

In French, when ‘en’ is used as a pronoun it means ‘some’ or ‘of it’ and can therefore replace a phrase beginning with ‘de’ (or ‘du’, or ‘des’). Here’s how to use it in a sentence.



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Learning French in the UK

Most cities and large towns in the UK offer part-time classes in French at adult education centres. Here’s how to find a course near you.




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How to remember French vocabulary

Learning French can be a daunting process, whether at the outset or whether you have been learning for years, and one major challenge is acquiring the vocabulary and increasing your vocabulary. Here are some excellent tips to help you to retain what you have learnt.



Glossary of common French proverbs

When it comes to proverbs, a word-for-word translation from English to French won’t always work. Here’s how to avoid any embarrassing confusion!




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French glossary: first day at school

Over the first few weeks of our children’s being thrown into the deep end of French primary schooling, we found some of the following to be important! Our six year old was put into nursery (maternelle), when she had already been to English Reception class, and she spoke not a word for a full eight weeks…



Cahors wine

Cahors features amongst the oldest vineyards in France, dating back to the Gallo Roman era. Much appreciated by the French from early days, the wines rapidly gained an excellent reputation…



The black wine of Cahors

Why black? Principally because it is almost black, just hold a bottle up to the light and you’ll see into its deliciously inky depths. Cahors red wines are reputedly the darkest in the world; they are also some of the strongest and richest and will keep for years…