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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

Apricot Custard and Brioche Slice

Food editor, author and TV presenter Allyson Gofton and her family left their New Zealand home and lived for 18 months in a tiny village in the Hautes-Pyrénées. Here’s one of her favourite recipes.   Serves: 8 BREAD-MAKER GÂTEAU DES

The Loi Carrez, Explained

  The ins and outs of the Loi Carrez, governing floor area measurements, explained…   If you are searching for a flat in France, you may notice that there are two different numbers used to describe the floor space. One

Roasted Garlic Chicken with Bean Stew

  Prep time: 40 minutes once garlic roasted Cooking time: 50 minutes Serves: 4–6 Good-quality Label Rouge chickens came at a price but were delicious. These birds, with their golden skin and grapefruit coloured flesh – gained from eating locally

My Village in Pas-de-Calais

  Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis Author Janine Marsh up and left London for the land of Ch’ti after falling head over heels for a crumbling farmhouse in the village of Sempy, Seven Valleys   Why did you choose this village?

Buying a holiday home in France …?

A holiday home in France is a great idea but like all good things, it takes some planning and a little effort to make it work. Here are a few practical tips to help you get the most out of your maison secondaire

The FrenchEntrée property team answers your questions

  ASK THE EXPERTS The FrenchEntrée property team answers more of your questions   Q I’ve been looking at properties online, but can’t find an exact location/address. Is this information available anywhere? A Unlike in other parts of the world,

Chèvre Chaud – Baked goats’ cheese with honey

1 small baguette 200g goats’ cheese, preferably Sainte Maure 100ml orange flower honey 1 orange, juice and grated peel 1 tsp chopped tarragon 1 tsp chopped parsley 1 tsp chopped basil 1 tsp black pepper, crushed Frisée lettuce, ripped into

The Lure of the South

  We sneak a peek inside Norwegian couple Heidi and Morten Nystad’s Scandinavia-meets-Occitanie holiday home, near coveted Uzès   FRENCHENTRÉE MAGAZINE: What brought you to France? HEIDI & MORTEN NYSTAD: France was always our favourite holiday destination, and year after

Duck Confit Parmentier

Confit de canard has become something of a cliché: It’s standard on most bistro menus in France and in French restaurants around the world, and you can even buy it canned in most supermarkets. But when it’s good, it exemplifies

How to Drive on French Autoroutes Like a Native

  Outside of the month of August, driving on France’s Autoroutes is generally a joy. You’ll experience little of the tedious congestion and seemingly endless roadworks that we have to endure year-round in the UK. However, what you will experience

Paris Property – A contradiction in terms

  Annick Dauchy on the contrasts of the 13th arrondissement, a Parisian neighbourhood that combines the small with the large, the old with the new…   Le 13ème, as it is known, is a multifaceted arrondissement on the South Bank.

Taste of the Terroir – Delights of the Dordogne

The Dordogne is split into four areas, known locally as the Périgord Noir, Périgord Blanc, Périgord Vert and Périgord Pourpre. Each boasts foodie treats galore and keep France’s top restaurants well supplied…   We begin our produce tour of the

Buying Hostspots – Auvillar, Tarn-et-Garonne

WHERE TO BUY IN FRANCE NOW! Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveal their top search areas – on and off the beaten track…   AUVILLAR Tarn-et-Garonne Once upon a time, Auvillar, perched high on its

Canelés de Bordeaux

  When I lived in Paris, canelés were a little treat that I bought regularly at my local pâtisserie. I always enjoyed them with coffee, and I knew they came from Bordeaux but otherwise had not given them much thought.

Buying Hostspots – Lac de Guerlédan, Brittany

WHERE TO BUY IN FRANCE NOW!   Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveal their top search areas – on and off the beaten track… LAC DE GUERLÉDAN Brittany Home of crêpes, Fest-Noz and the pink

Duck with Turnips and Other Vegetables

  Chef Stéphane Reynaud treats us to another of his favourite dishes which would make up a perfectly hearty and tasty French supper for six   Serves 6 – Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes Ingredients 1 wild

The Rhône, uncorked

  You’ve doubtless sampled Rhône wines, but have you visited the villages named on the bottles? If not, you’re really missing out, as Roger Thomas explains…   CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES About ten years ago, my local supermarket started to

Nature and Nurture, French Lifestyle, Gardens

  Jackie Barnes’s move to France, where she’s created a unique nature-defying garden in Vienne, had a stomach-churning start, she tells Marion Sauvebois   “We were house-hunting and we asked our agent to take us to a rustic restaurant… well,

Betting on Brittany

Kim and James Hoffmeister took a leap of faith when they moved their family to a pint sized town-house in rural Brittany. They tell FrenchEntrée why  they’re now living the dream…   FRENCHENTRÉE MAGAZINE: What brought you to France? KIM

Red mullet mille-feuille

Chef Stéphane Reynaud treats us to another of his favourite dishes which would make up a perfectly hearty and tasty French supper for six For six – Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes Ingredients 18 x red mullet

Cocotte de lapin au vin rouge

(Rabbit cooked in red wine)   This recipe for rabbit cooked in red wine is relatively quick – in little more than an hour you can be enjoying this rich and flavourful winter favourite. With all the trimmings of a

ESCARGOTS À LA BOURGUIGNONNE

Serves 8 Preparation and cooking time: 30-40 minutes INGREDIENTS: 80-100 large snails (10-12 per person) 300g (10½oz) parsley 20g (¾oz) tarragon 500g (1lb) butter 7g (¼oz) salt 4g (1/8oz) pepper ½ tsp mixed spice 30g (1oz) garlic, finely chopped 30g

Farming at a Snail’s Pace

Janine Marsh meets a British expat farmer in the north of France with a passion for a French culinary icon… Snails. To most of us they are slimy pests that devour our blooms and make our stomachs turn. For Mike

Buying Hotspots – Bormes-les-Mimosas, Var

WHERE TO BUY IN FRANCE NOW!   Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveal their top search areas – on and off the beaten track   BORMES-LES-MIMOSAS, Var. A steep, winding tree-lined road leads you to

Basque Beef and Capsicum Tart

  Boeuf haché (minced beef) was never pre-minced sitting in the window at Serge’s; it had to be requested. Window space was the butcher’s canvas, a place to display his skills like a Renaissance still-life: evenly sliced T-bone steaks or

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

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

Property Showdown Creuse vs Corrèze

We consider the best reasons to buy in these sparring partners that form two thirds of the centrally-located Limousin region…   CREUSE The landlocked département of the Creuse is in the northernmost part of the bucolic Limousin region at the

A Grape Undertaking in Gironde

David Stannard, from Surrey, moved to the village of Cardan in the south-western Gironde département in 1998, where he runs the Paradise Rescued organic winery…   How did you choose the village? We were attracted to the Gironde because of

Tarte au Citron

This desert is famous in Menton on the French Riviera, which is also known as ‘The City of Lemons’. Every year the colourful seaside town hosts a Lemon Festival with carnivals and exhibitions dedicated to the fruit, and it’s where

Buying Property in France Post Brexit – Myth Buster

BREXIT: Vrai ou Faux? We debunk some of the myths swaying buyers’ judgement in a post-Brexit world   MYTH: “No one wants to buy in France post-Brexit” That is absolutely not the case. In fact, our recent FrenchEntrée Brexit Survey

Buying Property in France, Case Study – Worlds apart

Irish globetrotters Ruth and Brendan Waldron are ready to quit the hustle and bustle of Singapore for tranquil Tarn. They tell FrenchEntrée why they chose to move halfway across the world FRENCHENTRÉE MAGAZINE: What brought you to France? RUTH WALDRON:

All hail the new president

  The election result bodes well for would-be buyers as French mortgage rates are set to remain low (for the time being), says Felicity Sullivan In the wake of Brexit and the US election, the appointment of Emmanuel Macron as

Paris Property – Quartiers du jour

Caroline Harrap gives us the low-down on the capital’s three hottest up-and-coming neighbourhoods. And they’re not where you may think…     SOUTH PIGALLE Long a part of the city’s red-light district, over the last few years the sleazy vibe

Where To Buy in France Now – ANTIBES, Alpes-Maritimes

  Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveal their top search areas – on and off the beaten track ANTIBES Alpes-Maritimes The Côte d’Azur is a sought-after area and many of us dream of having the

Where To Buy in France Now – PERPIGNAN, Pyrénées-Orientales

Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveal their top search areas – on and off the beaten track   PERPIGNAN Pyrénées-Orientales Perpignan is the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales département and the gateway to the beautiful Têt

Martel

Where To Buy in France Now – Martel, The Lot

  Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveal their top search areas – on and off the beaten track MARTEL The Lot The Lot is well known for its medieval towns and villages and the beautiful

French car insurance

French car insurance

Insuring your vehicle in France is not dissimilar to doing so in the UK. There, are, however, some differences you need to be aware of, whether it is your only motor or a second one.

Property Showdown – Manche vs Calvados

We consider the best reasons to buy in these neighbouring northern départements…   ~ Manche ~ A mere skip and a hop across the Channel from southern England, Manche sits along the pretty coast of Basse-Normandie. Made up of wild

Selling up – the legal process

As in other countries, people selling a house in France have certain obligations and duties. Here we examine the selling process in detail…