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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

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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

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.

Healthcare in France: the Basics

France has a very high standard of healthcare and is frequently voted at the top of the world’s best systems. Healthcare in France is based on a dual system, comprising the state health insurance, l’Assurance Maladie, and a private insurance ‘top up’ which is provided by private companies and mutual bodies.

Limousin vs Dordogne: A Regional Property Guide

PROPERTY SHOWDOWN In this edition we move down towards the Southwest of France to compare the benefits of buying in two areas of Nouvelle-Aquitaine ~Limousin~   This bucolic area at the heart of France boasts a contrasting landscape of verdant

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Recipes for a French Christmas dinner

Christmas dinner in France is usually a traditional affair, the highlights of which are a starter of oysters, a delicious stuffed roast goose or turkey,and a yummy Bûche de Noël (Christmas Yule Log) for dessert.

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Christmas Markets in France

Traditionally, housewives in France would spend the weeks leading up to Christmas preparing a festive feast and Christmas markets developed to supply them with the ingredients and products they needed.

Kiwi Adventurers | Living in the Dordogne

Kiwi Adventurers – Living in the Dordogne Susannah Hickling meets a couple from New Zealand who fell in love with an ailing historic house in the ancient village of Lalinde.   Many people would be worried about taking on a

Buying a Mobile Home in France

As with any property purchase, buying a mobile home can seem daunting, and there are a number of things that you need to consider carefully. However, don’t worry, as a growing number of people have taken the leap and become

Gardening in France | Jardins Ouverts

MY FRENCH GARDEN Steve Jarratt discovers how Julie and Jason Agha brought elements of traditional British gardens to their Limousin home   Clockwise from top : British-style borders and beds; the overgrown plot before work started; “the biggest rockery in

South-east Vendee property: a town-by-town guide

Extensive details of Fontenay le Comte and surrounding area The south-east Vendee has been a popular destination for house-hunters for many years. The climate, excellent transport links and affordable property make the area ideal for those dreaming of a new

How to Sell Your Home in France

Susannah Hickling provides a step-by-step guide to a successful, stress-free sale… DO YOUR HOMEWORK Research the property market in your area of France. Look at the asking prices of similar properties and ask several property agents to give you an

Château For Sale Indre-et-Loire

PICTURE PERFECT The Chateau La Perriere is a perfectly proportioned slice of the French good life, which is already being run as a successful holiday let, overlooking the historic Royal Fortress of Chinon in the Indre-et-Loire… The Chateau La Perriere

The Pick of Paris

Paris the ‘City of Light’ continues to draw an international buying and renting set, who are attracted by its world-class lifestyle…….

Large neo-Breton house for sale in a very peaceful setting

Situated in the countryside of central Brittany, this beautiful property stands on around 3 500sqm of matured garden: €239,625 (Incl. agency fees) Downstairs: entrance with large fitted cupboards, brand new fitted kitchen, utility room, living/dining room with a rare fireplace

Authentic Manor House for sale in Brittany

For Sale – A rare chance to buy an authentic Manor from the 18th century, situated in central Brittany, with over 3.5 hectares of land (including woodland and fields) €375,000 (Incl. agency fees) Main part over 3 levels, around 300sq:

Renovated Farmhouse for sale in Brittany

For Sale – Situated in beautiful Brittany countryside, an entirely renovated farmhouse in the Guéméné sur Scorff area  with 7759 m² of land – €170,400 (Incl. agency fees)   Ground Floor : Living room, dining room, fully fitted kitchen 1st

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Working in France: Top Tips & Advice

‘A common error made by a lot of foreign business owners who moved to my area was to think that France was basically the same as back home, except for the language and this just isn’t the case,’. See what people working in France are saying.

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Moving house? A handy removal countdown checklist

This is a comprehensive list of things to do at various points during the removal process. Following this checklist will take away some of the pressure of thinking of too many things at once, or having to make last minute changes for forgotten necessities.

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Baked Camembert with rosemary, honey and almonds

Camembert is made in the Normandy region , with a bloomy white rind and a soft, fragrant centre with a strong, fruity flavour. Get the recipe for this ultra-simple and delicious twist on the French classic…