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Taste of the Terroir – Mayenne

This rural department of Pays de la Loire is characterised by wide open fields providing ample room for cattle to graze. Some poor cows live indoors all year round. Not here, where the beef is top notch   In this

John Dory Normande

from Philippe Mouchel This recipe from renowned Melbourne chef Philippe Mouchel is an ode to his home of Normandy, featuring a medley of seafood, the best butter and cream, and apple cider, which Philippe describes as ‘Normandy champagne’. Philippe starts

Property Hotspot – TREIGNAC, Limousin

Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveals its top search areas – on and off the beaten track   TREIGNAC, Limousin. Standing next to the Vézère river, Treignac is situated in the north part of Corrèze,

French Country Living

Carolyn Westbrook is a designer known for her love of French interiors and in her  book Through the French Door, she shares her romance with beautiful and inspiring interiors, and invites us into some beautiful homes, including her own. Photography

Beef Stewed in Beer – Carbonade à la flamande

  Serves 6 Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 3 hours 30 minutes 800g beef chuck or back ribs 3 tablespoons fat 3 large onions 30g flour 400ml beer 600ml stock 1 teaspoon sugar 1 tablespoon vinegar 1 bouquet garni

Goat’s cheese Camembert salad with beetroot and artichoke

Preparation: 25 minutes Serves 4 200g French goat’s cheese Camembert 4 whole pre-cooked beetroots 400g cooked, marinated artichokes 100g pine nuts 150g podded broad beans or soya beans 2 large handfuls of fresh basil 2 lemons 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Where to buy in France now! – MAGALAS

  Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveals its top search areas – on and off the beaten track   MAGALAS, Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon The charming village of Magalas, located just 15km north of the dynamic city

Our Top Five Regional Parks

There’s nothing like a jaunt around France’s many parcs naturels régionaux especially in summer. Next time you’re in the vicinity, why not go and investigate the park life? 1 Vercors   Straddling the départements of Drôme and Isère in the

Spring tartines

Alain Ducasse is one of the greatest chefs of our time. His influence stretches across the globe, with more than 20 restaurants in eight countries, and he was the first chef to be awarded three Michelin stars in three different

INSIDER INFO – Paris

With the news that Paris will host the Olympic Games in 2024, 100 years after France last staged the event, those with a keen eye on the property market have been paying close attention to the key sites.   Unlike

My Town Côte d’Azur

Nearly 30 years since she left her native United States for the sun-dappled shores of the Riviera, Lanie Goodman tells us why it’s the best decision she’s ever made   Why did you choose to call Villefranche-sur-Mer home? The advantages

Taste of the terroir – Franche-Comté

This mostly rural, relatively little-explored region abutting Switzerland is best known for its cheese and charcuterie yet boasts a unique of variety of wine dating back to the Romans. Florence Derrick investigates…   One of France’s most underrated regions, Franche-Comté

Saladier Lyonnais

Serves 4 Preparation time: 30 minutes Resting time: 1 hour This first-course salad is a marriage of diverse ingredients associated with the area around Lyon. It is found almost everywhere, from the smallest bouchon (a Lyonnais-style bistro which tends to

A Vine Romance

  Patrice Bertrand meets three expats who realised their dream of owning a vineyard in the south of France – and never looked back   Amidst his ten hectares of vines overlooking the picturesque Provençal village of Le Barroux and

Duck Breast with Morello Cherries and Roasted Baby Potatoes

Serves 4 to 5 4 x 350g duck breasts from fattened ducks 500g baby potatoes 25g salted butter 3 shallots, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 15 sprigs flat-leaf parsley, chopped 50g pitted morello cherries Pinch caster or granulated sugar Preparation

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

Taste of the Terroir – La Côte d’Opale

Twenty-one miles from England lies France’s Opal Coast. For many school children, this stretch of coastline linking Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer provides their first taste of France. Eleanor Fullalove advises visitors of all ages to bring back plenty of yummy ‘souvenirs’

DESTINATION GASTRONOMIQUE

Tim Matthews with chef Alexandre Gauthier   In the pretty and petit hilltop village of Montreuil-sur-Mer, something foodie is afoot… Janine Marsh meets a British expat who teamed up with a local superstar chef to put this northern French town

Taste of the Terroir – Marennes Oléron

Situated off the west coast of France, the island of Oléron is accessible via Marennes in mainland Charente-Maritime. Not surprisingly, seafood is the main culinary delight found in this beautiful outpost on the Atlantic, but that’s certainly not all…

Interiors – French Inspiration

A living room that is meant for living is essential to family life, and the relaxed style that this room represents, with slip covered sofas, dreamy pillows and fabulous treasures from the sea, sums up Carolyn’s ethos Carolyn Westbrook is

Pigeon Supremes and Lobster with Coral Sauce

  Georges Blanc, Burgundy Ingredients 2 lobsters (preferably Breton), each weighing 1lb. to 1lb. 5oz. (500–600g) 2 pigeons (preferably Bresse) 2 tablespoons (30g) butter 2 pinches each fleur de sel and freshly ground pepper Thyme flowers 3 garlic cloves 1

Southern Comfort Provence Style

  The Infantes tell FrenchEntrée how they transformed a beautiful stone mas in the Vaucluse into a tranquil, relaxed-looking home for their family   FRENCHENTRÉE MAGAZINE: What brought you to France? ALISON INFANTE: We lived in Hertfordshire near Welwyn Garden

Renovation in the Loire Valley – Shelter from the Norm

Dismayed by modern architecture, artist Jonathan Robinson tells Greg Cook how he fled to the sanctuary of a dilapidated 18th-century watermill deep within a forested enclave in the Loire Valley   Should Jonathan Robinson ever find Prince Charles on the

Gard vs Vaucluse

PROPERTY SHOWDOWN We consider the best reasons to buy in these neighbouring areas jostling for position in the sunny south of France… GARD The Gard, a desirable location in the south of France, is a geographically diverse département with varied

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

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Easter in France

During Easter in France, chocolate eggs are just as popular as chocolate fish and bells, as you may have noticed from the irresistible displays in shop windows.

The most beautiful villages in France – AVEYRON

The département of Aveyron in the Midi-Pyrénées is blessed with a fine array of stunning villages. Here we present ten of the very best, each with its own unique atmosphere   1  –  BELCASTEL Nestling on the banks of the

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS – ASK THE EXPERTS

The FrenchEntrée Property Team answer more of your frequently asked questions   Q – We would like to buy a property we can rent out when we are not there. What would you suggest? A – To optimise your return,

France’s Five Best Beaches

  House hunting is exhausting work. So why not stretch your legs or squeeze in a spot of sunbathing on the warm sand between viewings? Wherever your search takes you, a paradisical plage awaits 1 La Grande Plage, Biarritz It’s

Five of France’s Sweetest Spots

  La Belle France is home to a bounty of unique confectionery. So, if you’re house hunting in these areas, make sure you save some room to indulge in their signature treats…   1 Brittany: Kouign-Amann Pastry chef Thierry Lucas

Everyday French Roasts

  The bestselling author of Ripailles Stéphane Reynaud turns his attention to roasts for every day of the week. Here are three favourites with classic side dishes   Rôti de boeuf en cocotte d’oignons Roast beef on a bed of

Taste of the Terroir – Burgundy

Historic Burgundy has long been a thriving agricultural region. This has influenced the Bourguignons to create rustic and hearty meals from locally sourced ingredients, as Nina Richards reveals   Burgundy is home to some of the finest jewels of French

Crêpes Normandes

  Wickedly indulgent and loved by anyone with a sweet tooth, this is my variation on simple pancakes with butter fried apples, pears and caster sugar. This is delicious served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.   PREPARATION: 15

Sole aux épinards

  Fresh from the sea, wonderful sweet-tasting sole, pan-cooked with fresh spinach make this a treat both for the cook and the friends at your table.   PREPARATION: 10 MINUTES COOKING: 25 MINUTES SERVES: 6 Ingredients 50g (2oz) butter 2

Buying Hotspots – LUBERON, Provence

LUBERON Provence The Luberon attracts more and more international home-owners, seeking both main residences and holiday homes, not least because of its crystal-clear blue skies, countless pretty villages perched on hilltops and magical landscapes of lavender fields, olive groves and

PARIS – The Property Boom

Boosted by the Macron Effect, confirmation of the 2024 Olympics and the last-minute Brexit rush, the capital is in the midst of a housing boom. So now is the time to buy, says Caroline Harrap… Paris is always a good

Buying Hotspots – DOMFRONT, Orne, Normandy

Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveals its top search areas – on and off the beaten track   DOMFRONT Orne, Normandy Located in Orne, Domfront really captures what the more verdant side of Normandy has

Taste of the Terroir – Provence

From the Med to the foothills of the Alps,Provence is blessed with some of the most delicious natural produce in the whole of France, with vegetables, fruit and harbour-fresh fish. Not to mention the newly invigorated wine scene that’s causing

Cook Like a Masterchef

Want to cook like a Michelin-starred genius of cuisine? Now you can, with these fabulous yet eminently do-able recipes from some of the country’s most esteemed chefs. As the French say, “bon courage et bon appétit!” Wild duck with girolle

Buying Hotspots – MARCIAC, Gers, Midi-Pyrénées

Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveals its top search areas – on and off the beaten track     MARCIAC Gers, Midi-Pyrénées Marciac is located in the south of the Gers département, an area encompassed

Easy (and very lazy) Cassoulet

For 20 years, Belfast-born Trish Deseine has been cooking in her fabulous French kitchens, from a city pad in Paris to her country kitchen in the Vallée de la Vaucouleurs, between Paris and Rouen. In her book, she explores the

Taste of the Terroir – Corsica

  With its culinary traditions and proud local heritage, few French places stake a claim to the importance of terroir quite like Corsica, the “Île de Beauté” in the Mediterranean. Justin Postlethwaite makes his selection of the best food and

Lifestyle Case Study – A Lot of Love

  When Dutch couple Theo and Ellen wanted a lifestyle change for their family, they found their perfect new home in the Lot. Justin Postlethwaite finds out more   For anyone considering a move to France, the relaxed way of

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.

Magic Moments – Memories of France

  We catch up with Liz Rodgers, managing director of Holiday France Direct and confirmed Francophile since youth…   What is your earliest memory of visiting France? My earliest memory of France is taking part in a school exchange trip

Buying Property in France Post Brexit – Myth Buster 2

BREXIT: Vrai ou Faux? We debunk some more of the myths swaying buyers’ judgement in a post-Brexit world…   MYTH: “British buyers should put off their move to France until a firm deal has been agreed with the European Union”

Where to Buy in France Now – Loudéac, Brittany

  Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveal their top search areas – on and off the beaten track…   Loudéac, Brittany   This traditional, pretty market town lies at the heart of Brittany, in the campagne

Where to Buy Now! – Bourg-Saint-Maurice, French Alps

Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveal their top search areas – on and off the beaten track   Bourg-Saint-Maurice, French Alps   Nicknamed the ‘Capital of the Upper Tarentaise’, Bourg-Saint-Maurice is a town in the Savoie