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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


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…

Termites in French Houses

Termites – the underground menace eating your house from the inside out When buying a house in France, the vendor is obliged to have a termite report carried out. If you live in a termite-infested area in France, you must,

Lead in your French home

When do you need a mandatory inspection? Throughout France, an inspection for the presence of lead in paintwork is mandatory when any building built before January 1949 is sold (both common areas and/or areas for private use). The inspection must

Do I need a building survey?

      There is no requirement in France to have a pre-purchase ‘building survey’ done. There are laws requiring a vendor to provide diagnostiques including: termites, asbestos, lead paint, energy efficiency, electrical and gas installations, plus environmental risks such

Everyone’s Cup of Tea

Three years ago, Tina Sharpe fell in love with a quirky teapot-shaped shed and embarked on the barmy mission to ship it from Scotland to rural France and turn it into a successful café. Alice Phillpott meets the plucky entrepreneur

Celebrating Provence

  Voice-over artist and wedding celebrant Celia Ford Drummond relocated with her American husband, Trent, to the Provençal village of Roquebrune-sur-Argens in 2004   Why did you choose your village? We already had a holiday home near the Provençal coast,

New Life, New Jardin! Growing Tea

Since putting own roots in the village of Puycelsi in the Tarn, garden designer Helen Medlycott has embraced the French way of life. Here she reveals her ambitious plan to diversify and grow tea… There’s nothing I like more than

Where to Buy Now – Montbron, Poitou-Charentes

Montbron in Charente offers a range of classically French properties, with price tags to suit all budgets.   Montbron Poitou-Charentes Situated in the south east of Charente, at the edge of the Parc Naturel Régional Périgord Limousin and bordering the

Peach and Goat’s Cheese Puffs

The Berry region is renowned for the quality of its goat’s cheese, some of which has the AOC award normally given to wine. Crottin de Chavignol, Selles-sur-Cher, Saint Maure de Touraine and Valencay are…

French courses in France. Learn French in style

Nothing typifies France more than the fabulous cuisine and the romantic sound of the language. So, we thought why not combine the two? As our happy clients will testify we aim to provide you with fantastic immersion French courses that also give you the opportunity to take away the art of French cuisine.

Where to Buy in France Now – Céret, Languedoc-Roussillon

  Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveal their top Search areas – on and off the beaten track..   Céret Languedoc-Roussillon This pretty town is set in the Tech Valley in the Pyrénées-Orientales department, the

Property Showdown – Vendée vs Loire-Atlantique

  We weigh up the benefits of buying in two distinct départements of the Pays de la Loire…   ~ Vendée ~ The Vendée is a coastal département, part of the Pays de la Loire region. It’s notable for its

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

Business opportunities for expats

If you are planning to relocate to France and are still at the age where you need an income you may be dreaming of setting up your own business. Perhaps you know exactly what it is you want to do, or are looking for a business opportunity in France. Read our Practical Guide

The Cost of Living in France

The dream of moving to France is often based on a simpler, less costly and more rewarding lifestyle, but is it really a cheaper place to live? We break down the costs for you, so you can make your move with confidence.

Property Showdown – Hérault vs Var

We assess the benefits of buying in two areas of south-central France…   ~ Hérault ~ The Hérault département lies at the centre of Languedoc-Roussillon, which has recently been incorporated into the new Occitanie ‘super region’. It’s long attracted buyers

Dordogne countryside under threat

World-famous Baroque musician joins campaign to prevent destruction of Dordogne countryside Local environment and economy are under threat from “polluting and noisy race track” Plans to build a 53-acre (21.5 hectare) racetrack in the middle of peaceful Dordogne countryside have

French income tax requirements – 2017

As French residents, French income tax will apply to worldwide income, subject to the terms of any relevant double tax treaty (DTT). French income tax is assessed on a ‘foyer fiscal’ basis, which means that married couples file joint tax

Wedding Venue near Carcassonne – Domaine Gayda

Gourmet cuisine, award winning wines and luxurious accommodation If you are looking for an exceptional location for your wedding reception in the Languedoc Roussillon then Domaine Gayda’s winery and restaurant is the place to make your dreams come to. Set amidst the


Running Gîtes and Chambre d’Hôtes in France

Rental Income and Caretaking A popular way to make extra income is to provide holiday accommodation in the way of gîtes or chambre d’hôtes, which can run from one or two rooms in a house to full-on tourist businesses. Firstly,

My French Garden in the Lot

Steve Jarratt reveals how formal English gardens inspired the design of Sue and John Herring’s plot in the Lot…     Sue and John Herring left England in 2006 for the vert et agréable land of Lot, 30 minutes north

Narbonne Property Guide

For many the ancient city of Narbonne and its surrounds is the ideal property location in the Aude department – right at the crossroads of the two main motorways, easily accessed from 4 airports, close enough to the beach for day- tripping, and steeped in history and culture. “Narbonne Property Guide”

12th-Century Château in the Limousin Rescued From Ruin

Property developer Fiona Jones on her four-year restoration of the Chateau du Masgelier, a 12th-century Limousin gem… Situated on a hilltop, with 360° views over the Creuse countryside, and set within its own parkland, the Chateau du Masgelier dates from

Le Camus Gîtes 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

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

To Vouvoyer or to Tutoyer?

  When you’re talking French in France, many Brits are confused which version of ‘you’ to use – the polite ‘vous’ or the more familiar ‘tu’ – it’s a socio-political minefield!   On paper, the rules appear steadfast. You should

Le Manoir Reborn

Justin Postlethwaite talks to the owner of a gîte in Poitou-Charentes, Le Manoir des Couts, about restoring the 16th-century manor house…   FrenchEntrée Magazine: Can you tell us what drew you to Poitou-Charents? Francine Dunkley/ We used to live in

Buying Hotspots – Ruffec

WHERE TO BUY IN FRANCE NOW! The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveal their top areas in which to begin your property search – including tips from our local partner agencies   The Château de Verteuil on the Charente River, just

Buying Hotspots – Saint Antonin Noble Val


WHERE TO BUY IN FRANCE NOW! The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveal their top areas in which to begin your property search – including tips from our local partner agencies The Medieval origins of Saint-Antonin are still much in evidence,

Buying Hotspots – Sourdeval, Lower Normandy

WHERE TO BUY IN FRANCE NOW! The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveal their top areas in which to begin your property search – including tips from our local partner agencies   Sourdeval is a welcoming, amenity-rich town packed with activities

South of France Canal Holidays

Minervois Cruisers has a fleet of British built steel boats, both narrowboats and wide beam to give you a great French Touring Holiday in the beautiful South of France.