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What you need to know about health insurance in France

There are many things to enjoy about living in France – the excellent food, the culture, the climate. It is also a country that boasts a very high standard of healthcare, but if you’re planning to reside in France long-term,

The Importance of a Qualified French Mortgage Broker!

Purchasing a property can be a complicated process and when that purchase is abroad with a foreign language it can become that much more difficult…..   1 –WHY USE A BROKER? – HB Property is your independent bilingual mortgage adviser throughout

5 reasons…To Get Breakdown Cover in France

1. You’ll save money Running into a breakdown without cover is like any other accident without insurance: costly. Often, the price before repairs is more than a year’s breakdown cover, so it’s always worth looking for a comprehensive deal that

A selection of very Special Villas in Aquitaine

Beautiful Houses for Big Occasions Whether for a great summer holiday, team conference or a great celebration, Special Villas offers a unique range of large properties, from 6 and 8 bedroom houses, with the potential for up to 25 bedrooms

French properties for sale…but not as you know them

  To many, owning a holiday property in France is a lifelong dream. For others, it is more about generating an income from the rental returns. Marrying the two together however can be very complicated – and that’s where owning

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A simple guide to French insurance

  Here’s an essential guide to make sure you’re properly insured while living in France. Compulsory insurance Insurance is a legal requirement for vehicle owners (assurance automobile), homes whether rented or owned (assurance habitation), for civil liability (assurance responsabilité civile or chef

La Coterie Lodge: Explore La Creuse

Looking for a house, home, or a holiday ? Explore La Creuse, Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Short or long stay available – Open all year   Family friendly lodges with swimming pool and 6 acres of gardens and woodland A small exclusive and

Weddings Near Carcassonne

Perfect for weddings, anniversary and birthday celebrations near Carcassonne and Toulouse   L’ABBAYE CHATEAU DE CAMON Peter Lawton, formerly the manager of the Samling Hotel in Lake Windermere, and his interior designer wife Katie invite you to enjoy their exclusive

It’s All About The Lifestyle

  A new year brings with it the potential for a fresh perspective and new start. Could this be your year to make a real sea-change .. to bring your dreams about having a new home in the sun, a

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

The Lodge at Samoëns – Your Home in the Mountains

At the Lodge at Samoëns we prioritise comfort and convenience, The Lodge is cosy first and chic a very close second. The Lodge The Lodge is situated about 1KM from Samoëns village centre and is an easy 8-minute gondola ride

Advantages of New Build French Property

  New build French property is ideal for overseas buyers At Sunny French Property we are convinced that new build French property is ideal for buyers who are buying from far away. There is no supervision of works since it

Le Four au Pain: Lot, Midi-Pyrénées

Tucked away in La France Profonde on the edge of the small village of Esclauzels, lies the Four au pain. The converted old bread oven is a compact two bedroom gite, with an open plan living and kitchen area.
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Kick-start your New Year at The France Show 2018!

The UK’s greatest celebration of France returns to Olympia London on 26-28 January. Whether you love French food and wine, enjoy holidays in the sunshine or want to bag your dream property, the France Show is the place to be.

How to Rent Your Home in France

  The rental property market in France is more competitive than ever and potential guests have a huge wealth options to choose from when booking their holiday. Standing out from the crowd in a busy marketplace can be a challenge

Le Grange: Beautiful Barn Conversion in Brittany

Converted barn for up to 8, Ille et Vilaine Brittany From £625 pw A recently converted barn in rural Brittany Le Grange has recently been converted to a high standard by the owners to provide well-equipped and relaxing holiday accommodation in

The Christmas table: in three looks

  We all want our homes to feel a little magical at Christmas time. From our front doors and hallways to the Christmas tree and roaring fireplace, together with our families we create spectacles to enchant. One of the most

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…