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Buying Hot Spots – Uzès, Gard, Occitanie

Where to buy in France now! Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveals its top search areas – on and off the beaten track. UZÈS, Gard, Occitanie A shining example of la France profonde, you’ll find

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South Aveyron Property Guide

The eastern half of the Aveyron has been neglected. But the opening of the Sir Norman Foster-designed Millau Viaduct last year increased interest in eastern and southern Aveyron, and a boom in the property market could soon follow.

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Aveyron Property Overview

The department of Aveyron has not always been known for its property appeal but it has recently become much more popular.

Taste of the terroir – Nord-Pas de Calais

Situated between the sea and the farmlands of the Avesnois and the Monts des Flandres, Nord-Pas de Calais offers an unexpected cuisine which will delight the palate of the adventurous in search of lovely culinary surprises.

Interiors Case Study – A work of Art in Picardy

Clare Howarth and husband Carlos ditched the bustle of Paris for Impressionists’ favourite, Picardy, 20 years ago. Today they run a thriving guesthouse. Greg Cook finds out how they created their rustic idyll in this peaceful spot

Taste of the terroir – Auvergne

The region’s volcanic soil has helped shape every aspect of its gastronomy. From the cows that graze on it to the grapevines that are planted in it, the Auvergne produces food and drink unlike any other part of France.

Taste of the terroir – Brittany

Plateaux of fruits de mer and delicate sweet crêpes are just some of the things we look forward to eating on most of our holidays to France.

Hot chocolate pudding with praline parfait

Slice or cut the warm pudding into any shape you fancy. Pour some hot chocolate sauce over it and add a generous scattering of toasted almonds. Serve with a large scoop of the praline parfait.

Sarthe property for sale: a town-by-town guide

This beautiful part of France is home to some of the most spectacular properties in Europe, but you can also pick up a bargain. Its proximity to the Channel ports and Paris also make Sarthe an ideal location.

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

Commuting to Work in the UK from France

How many of us dream of the good life in France on our daily commute? What if you could have that lifestyle, and still work in the UK? Janine Marsh investigates

Taste of the terroir – The French Alps

At this time of year, we’re looking forward to warm and hearty meals like those enjoyed in the mountainous Savoie department. Traditional Savoyard cuisine owes much to the special breeds of cattle grazing in the Alps.

Chateau at the Loire Valley

Loire Valley Buying Guide

Gorgeous châteaux, pretty riverside towns, and a climate that’s never too hot and never too cold – it’s no wonder Brits have been beating a path to the Loire Valley since medieval times, says Dominic Bliss

Paris Brest

These were created in 1891, to celebrate the first 1,200km Paris-to-Brest bike race, one of cycling’s oldest events.

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Guide to Buying a Vineyard in France

From Languedoc to Provence, Patrice Bertrand reveals what it takes to realise your dream of owning your own vineyard in France, and making wine in the sun

Taste of the terroir – Champagne-Ardenne

Champagne is a world famous wine, but the gastronomic heritage of Champagne-Ardenne is comparatively unknown. So look out for these local specialities, each one ideally married to the region’s bubbly booze…

Memories of Gascony – French Kitchen

Legendary French chef Pierre Koffmann waxes lyrical about his idyllic childhood in Gascony. In this exclusive extract from his book ‘Memories of Gascony’ he recalls the place of duck and goose on the family menu and how his beloved grandmother prepared her own confit.

Tarte tatin au romarin et amandes grillées

This classic dessert carries the name of the two famous Tatin sisters who invented the recipe. Everybody loves it, I think, because of the smell of warm apple mixed with caramel, and the delicious crunchiness of the light pastry.

Taste of the terroir: Marne

We propose a toast to Marne, where grapes are grown and both red and white wines flow! From coq au vin de Bouzy, to chocolate liqueurs, this departement’s delicacies are inextricably linked to the fruit of its vines.

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Buying Hotspot – Évian-les-Bains

A smart and sought-after Belle-Époque spa destination, Évian-les-Bains stands proudly on the southern shore of Lake Geneva and benefits from a year-round tourist trade

Taste of the Terroir – Normandy

Camembert and Calvados are two very famous examples of the fine French food and drink to come out of Normandy. But what of the goat’s milk, oysters and pears also on offer?   No trip to Normandy would be complete

Chèvre of Choice – French Goat’s Cheese

French goat’s cheese – called chèvre – is a winning ingredient all year round. Here Sophie Wright presents some of her favourite recipes   Grilled goat’s cheese mini-log and walnut pesto ciabatta Preparation: 20 minutes Cooking: 10 minutes Makes 1

City of lights in Bordeaux

Our Top Five Buy-to-Let Hotspots

From the trendiest cities and up-and-coming student towns to a sought-after Alpine resort, we get to the heart of France’s hottest areas to snap up buy-to-let properties 1. Bordeaux Thanks to its booming wine industry, Bordeaux attracts hordes of international

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Buying Hotspots – Maubourguet, Hautes-Pyrénées, Occitanie

Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveals its top search areas – on and off the beaten track MAUBOURGUET Hautes-Pyrénées, Occitanie Maubourguet is close to the Spanish border in the historical province of Gascony. Once you

Tartiflette with reblochon

Reblochon is made in the Savoie region of southern France using cows’ milk. It’s rich, fruity and nutty with a semi-soft, almost chewy texture. Or look for a cows’ milk cheese with a washed rind and an earthy aroma.  

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

Taste of the Terroir – Pays de la Loire

Well-known as ‘the garden of France’, Pays de la Loire is the place for fresh produce. But with its rivers and coastal edge, there’s also plenty of fishy business going on. Justin Postlethwaite browses the menu…   Nestling between Brittany

French Lemon Cake Recipe

Thanks to the lemon syrup, this cake keeps moist for several days and is the ideal cake to take to the country on a picnic.   Makes 2 cakes Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes For the batter

Mortgage written on a calculator with green and red model houses

Late Summer French Mortgage Tips

Late summer and early autumn is often the busiest time of the year for buyers of second homes in France committing to new purchases. Here we look at two key points to ensure your French property purchase remains on track!

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French Mortgage Advice

An Agreement in Principle Why it pays to get your application for a French mortgage sorted out before hunting for your dream home… “When you possess an ‘agreement in principle’ it sends a very clear message to vendors that you

Renovation Case Study – Sleeping Beauty

  The Wilkinsons used their aesthetic talents and exquisite taste to return a dilapidated farmhouse in the south of France to its original splendour. Greg Cook finds out how…   Barely off the plane, Marianne and David Wilkinson took one

Moules au Roquefort

Rope-grown mussels steamed with Roquefort cheese, white wine, garlic, parsley and bacon lardons. This simple but tasteful dish has a great  combination of flavours and is sure to impress any guest! Our quick and easy recipe makes it perfect for

Taste of the Terroir – Toulouse

The ‘Pink City’ is a well-established culinary centre, one which boasts famous specialities that range from cassoulet and Toulouse sausages to violet-flavoured sweets.   Toulouse is most famous for its speciality charcuterie sausages – historically made from pork that’s marinated

Pan fried fillets of plaice with butter and almonds

    One of the best-known and loved flatfish of all, plaice can be easily identified at the fishmonger’s by its distinctive brown colouring and vivid orange spots. If cooked well, this tasty fish can be every bit as good

A Tale of Two towns – Deauville & Trouville

  There is more than a bridge linking Deauville with Trouville.  Both villages on Normandy’s lovely Côte Fleurie have a casino, a beach boardwalk and a film festival…   Given its small size and a population of just 4,000, Deauville

Raspberry Soufflé

  Once mastered, this beautifully light dessert with intense raspberry flavour will be in your repertoire of special dinners for years to come. You might even feel like investing in individual copper pots that are the perfect size for soufflés,

Taste of the Terroir – Pays Basque

Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Spanish Pyrénées in the South-West of France is the Pays Basque and it has a much respected culinary style all of its own!   As an appetizer, you can’t beat a few slithers

Just Desert – Floating islands

  Everybody deserves a little sweet self indulgence once in a while, and what better way to round off a meal than with a delicious French dessert?   This is a simple microwave version of the classic French dessert, also

French Interiors – It’s all in the detail

Would you like to create a touch of French chic in your home without breaking the bank? Interiors expert Mayke Hogestijn looks at how to achieve the French designer look So you’d like to have a French designer interior but

Buying Property in France Case Study – Dordogne Dreams

  Rupert Springfield and Franck van der Hooft fell in love with the Dordogne one summer, there and then making plans to return and create their perfect home and business. They’ve turned the fantasy into reality!   FRENCHENTRÉE MAGAZINE: How