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Re-mortgaging and releasing equity on French property

“There is no need to keep all your assets tied up in one property” It is becoming increasingly popular to look at the options surrounding re-mortgaging or raising equity against property in France. During the UK property boom of the

French Entrée visits Restos du Coeur

A very positive shortcut to integrating into life in France is to join an association. It provides an opportunity to meet people and practice the language.

Bonnes Vacances Newsletter Archive

Be the first to hear about the latest stories on FrenchEntrée Holidays; Fresh ideas, new hoiday options, independent reviews, expert tips and up-to-the-minute travel information. Bonnes Vacances ensures that you are aware of the newest information, so that your holidays

Working up an Appetite

Louise Molloy travelled to France from Australia to seek a retreat for artists and writers suitable for vegetarians. She discovered tranquility, time and space in a productive environment at Atelier de la Rose.

Nikki’s veggie poem

Nikki Emmerton from ‘Under the Lime Tree’, a vegetarian B&B in the Charente, has written this poem to inspire vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.

Veggie food for dogs and cats

Many vegetarians think that vegetarian food is not produced for dogs and cats. This is not so….nutritional food for both dogs and cats, that provides all the essential ingredient they need for a healthy life, can now be bought here in France.

La Cucina di Terresa

Looking for a homespun hands-on cooking class in Paris, offering vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free dishes that celebrate seasonal, local, organic fruits and vegetables, try La Cucina di Terresa. more…

Setting up in France: SARL or SCI?

French law offers a wide variety of structures for new businesses looking to establish themselves within l’Hexagone. The last few years have seen a number of important reforms which have brought about changes to the way companies can be set-up and expanded.

Living and working in Burgundy

Not too many years ago, in what now seems a completely separate universe, I sat gazing out of my office window in London. I longed to be in Burgundy. Over the years, I had fallen in love with the region and its inhabitants as we passed through on holidays elsewhere in Europe…

Blind date led to new life in Burgundy

When Steve and I were introduced to each other, on a blind date nearly 8 years ago, we discovered that we both harboured a dream to live in France. In 2002 we started our hunt for the “perfect property” and after 2 years we found plenty of properties we didn’t want but none that we did…

Running a B&B and Indian restaurant in Mayenne

In 2008, Yasmeen and Jonathan Moore set up a gîte complex in the Mayenne with a restaurant for guests. Due to the popularity of the restaurant and also due to the pleading from local British people they decided to open the restaurant to non-residents on Friday evenings for curry nights. Here’s their story..

Buying a Property in Normandy on a Whim

Warning! Buying a house just because you fall in love with it and changing countries without a second glance, or buying a gorgeous 2CV van without seeing it in the tin, can seriously affect your life…

Enjoy life in France with the right technology

Without doubt there are many wonderful things about living in France. One possible downside is the cost of keeping in touch with friends and family in other countries. Here, Bob Elliott of UK Telecom discusses how to minimise such costs, while ensuring a good service…

Setting up and running a gîte in France

Rural gîtes, hold a great appeal both for holiday makers who love that type of holiday as well as for property owners. Here, Indra Balassoupramaniane of Tee France provides some practical and legal advice on how to set up and manage a rural gîte.

How to save money on your telephone costs and have a better service

The time when there were few choices of companies to buy your telephone line and other services from has long passed, but with so many suppliers offering different deals it has never been harder to ensure that you have value for money. With the poor exchange rate and low levels of interest many peoples’ budgets are being squeezed and the search for good savings is more challenging than ever before.

The conditions in your Compromis de Vente

There are three types of conditions in a purchase contract. If you want to make changes to them or add other conditions into a contract, it is important to understand their effect and the difference between them.

Protect your business

If you are running a company, or are about to set-up one, then you need to review many things and maybe do things you hadn’t thought of doing before. Here are our top tips for protecting your business in France…

Committed to la comité

Andrea and Bruce venture into assisting in the planning of the carnival in their French town – and courageously add a vegetarian touch.

Calling out a plumber or electrician

Learning a language takes time, but on some occasions you need help right away! Useful phrases when calling a plumber of electrician in France.

Before you buy check for Builder’s Guarantees

‘It is important to establish through your Notaire that all completed construction works have been carried out by registered builders and artisans or it carries no guarantees’ says Chartered Surveyor Brian Lindley…

Ce n’est pas grave!

Andrea and Bruce describe the local population’s enthusiastic, if somewhat bemused, reaction to their recent opening of a vegetarian Chambres d’Hôtes in the Creuse department of central France.

Red, white or vegetarian sir?

We all know that wine is made from grapes not meat. So what is vegetarian wine? Well – some wines are not suitable for vegetarians due to the use of animal products during production.

Rhone-Alpes Language Services, Translations and Courses

Please select a Rhone-Alpes language service business from the Rhone-Alpes business directory. Featuring translation services, language courses and language service businesses. You can also search via the departments of Ain, Ardeche, Drome, Haute Savoie, Isere, Loire, Rhone and Savoie..

Rhone-Alpes Home and Garden Services and Companies

Please select a Rhone-Alpes Home and Garden company from our list of garden and home services and businesses which operate in the Rhone-Alpes region. Covering house repairs, gardening, home improvements, pest control, tree specialists, lawn cutting and hedge cutting across

Rhone-Alpes Helping Hands

Please select a Rhone-Alpes Helping Hands from our business directory of Helping Hands located in the Rhone-Alpes region or with a knowledge of the Rhone-Alpes region. You can also search via the departments of the Ain, Ardeche, Drome, Haute Savoie,

Rhone-Alpes Health and Wellbeing

Please select a Rhone-Alpes Health and Wellbeing company or business from our list of Health and Wellbeing specialists in the Rhone-Alpes region. You can also search via the departments of Ain, Ardeche, Drome, Haute Savoie, Isere, Loire, Rhone and Savoie.

Rhone-Alpes Food and Drink

Please select a Rhone-Alpes food and drink company or business from our Aquitaine business directory. You can also search via the departments of Ain, Ardeche, Drome, Haute Savoie, Isere, Loire, Rhone and Savoie.

Rhone-Alpes Finance and Insurance Companies and Services

Please select a Rhone-Alpes finance company, Rhone-Alpes Legal company or a Rhone-Alpes insurance company who will be able to help you with all financial, legal and insurance matters. You can also search via the departments of Ain, Ardeche, Drome, Haute

Rhone-Alpes Computer Services and Repairs

Please select a Rhone-Alpes computer service from our list of directory search results. Featuring Rhone-Alpes computer services, computer repairs and specialists who will be able to deal with any IT or Internet problem that you might have. You can also

Rhone-Alpes Builders and Renovation Companies

Please select a Rhone-Alpes builder or a Rhone-Alpes renovation specialist from our list of directory search results below for renovation companies and builders in the Rhone-Alpes region and the departments of Ain, Ardeche, Drome, Haute Savoie, Isere, Loire, Rhone and

Rhone-Alpes Nightlife, Bars, Cafes and Pubs

Please select a Rhone-Alpes Cafe, Bar, Disco or Pub from our directory of entertainment establishments and venues in the Rhone-Alpes region. You can also search via departments of Ain, Ardeche, Drome, Haute Savoie, Isere, Loire, Rhone and Savoie.

Rhone-Alpes Arts and Crafts

Please select a Rhone-Alpes Arts and Crafts company/business from our list of directory search results below for Arts and Crafts specialists in the Rhone-Alpes region and the departments of Ain, Ardeche, Drome, Haute Savoie, Isere, Loire, Rhone and Savoie.

Rhone-Alpes Architects and Rhone-Alpes Suveyors

Please select a Rhone-Alpes Arhcitect or Surveyor from our list of directory search results below for surveyors and architects in the Normandy region and the departments of Ain, Ardeche, Drome, Haute Savoie, Isere, Loire, Rhone and Savoie.

Rhone-Alpes Other Services

Can’t find what you need in the Rhone-Alpes Local Business Directory? Here we list all the other companies which are featured in the FrenchEntrée Rhone-Alpes Local Business directory. You can also search via the departments of the Ain, Ardeche, Drome,

Rhone-Alpes Utilities

Find the Rhone-Alpes utilities businesses and utilities specialists which are located in the Rhone-Alpes region with the FrenchEntrée Rhone-Alpes Business Directory. To aid your search you can search via the departments of the Ain, Ardeche, Drome, Haute Savoie, Isere, Loire,

Rhone-Alpes Hotels and Accommodation

Please select a Rhone-Alpes hotel or accommodation service from our Rhone-Alpes business directory. We feature hotels and lodgings in the departments of Ain, Ardeche, Drome, Haute Savoie, Isere, Loire, Rhone and Savoie.

Rhone-Alpes Pets, Animals and Vets

Please select a pets, animals or vets service in Rhone-Alpes from the FrenchEntrée Rhone-Alpes business directory. We list vets and pets services to help you find all the information you need to keep your pets and animals healthy in the

Rhone-Alpes Plumbers and Electricians

Please select a Plumber or Electrician in the Rhone-Alpes region from our directory list of Rhone-Alpes Plumbers and Rhone-Alpes Electricians. You can also search via the departments of Ain, Ardeche, Drome, Haute Savoie, Isere, Loire, Rhone and Savoie.

Rhone-Alpes Property Management

Please select a Rhone-Alpes property management company or service provider from the FrenchEntrée Rhone-Alpes Business Directory. You can find a list of companies which specialise in property management and property services. You can also search via the departments of Ain,

Rhone-Alpes Removals and Storage

Please select a Rhone-Alpes removals or storage company from the FrenchEntrée Rhone-Alpes Business Directory. The companies listed below will be able to help with all your storage needs and removals requirements. You can also search via the departments of the

Rhone-Alpes Restaurants

Please select a Rhone-Alpes restaurant from the FrenchEntrée Rhone-Alpes business directory. Make sure that you find the perfect venue when you eat out in the Aquitaine region. You can search via the departments of the Ain, Ardeche, Drome, Haute Savoie,

Rhone-Alpes Shops and Stores

The FrenchEntrée Rhone-Alpes local business directory features a wide selection of shops that are located in the Rhone-Alpes region. We feature convenience stores, grocers, supermarkets, butchers, bakers, bookshops and electrical stores. You can also search via the departments of Ain,

Rhone-Alpes Sport and Leisure

The FrenchEntrée Rhone-Alpes directory features a list of sport and leisure businesses and services in the Rhone-Alpes. From sport centres to sporting equipment suppliers we have the departments of Ain, Ardeche, Drome, Haute Savoie, Isere, Loire, Rhone and Savoie covered.

Rhone-Alpes Transport, Travel and Car Companies

Featuring the travel companies, transport and car companies which operate in the Rhone-Alpes. To aid your search you can search via the departments of the Ain, Ardeche, Drome, Haute Savoie, Isere, Loire, Rhone and Savoie.

Rhone-Alpes Satellite, TV and Telecoms

Featuring the satellite tv and telecom companies and businesses which operate in the Rhone-Alpes region. Find your satelllite tv installer or telecoms specialist to make sure that you can keep update with the latest technology demands. To aid your search

Leaseback Property Mortgages

Many people choose to buy a second property in France as an investment opportunity. In particular the popular holiday destinations such as the French Alps or Mediterranean coast are good locations to let out property.

Your Favourite Places in France

Do you have a favourite place in France where you can get veggie food? Let us know and we will add it to this article so that others can share your experience.