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Val Walmsley

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Property finder for Vendée and Deux-Sèvres, with The French Property Finders.

Articles by Val Walmsley

A property finder on Channel 4

As a long term fan of the Channel 4 programme ‘A Place in the Sun’, I was delighted when they asked me to be the local property expert on a show they were filming in my area last week. The

Popular property styles in the Charente

Buyer recently have been looking at two main types of property. The first is a pavilion style house like a bungalow but with the benefit of a garage and basement. The other popular choice is a traditional, stone-built cottage, which usually comes with outbuildings and a bit of land.

When renovators become residents

Val Walmsley tells the story of how she snapped up a renovation project as a second home. But once work had begun to transform the two C18 farmhouses (one habitable, the other in a sorry state) she couldn’t bear to leave and soon persuaded her other half to make France their permanent place of residence