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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

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