Charles Smallwood

The Property Scene in St-Antonin-Noble-Val

It’s a sultry summer lunchtime in southwest France and I’m happily tucking into perfectly cooked (à point, since you ask!) lamb chops on the riverside terrace at Le Festin de Babette, a popular spot in St Antonin-Noble-Val. It’s the picture

Norman Invasion – Property Guide to Normandy

Thousands of Britons have discovered the charms of Normandy’s coastline, countryside and cuisine. Some buy holiday or rental properties here, while others settle permanently. Dominic Bliss finds out what the big attraction is…

Property Hotspot – Bellac, Haute-Vienne

Where did the town of Bellac get its name?
The official tourism website posits several possibilities, but we find ourselves favouring the idea that it’s simply an amalgamation of ‘Belle’ and ‘lac’… in short, ‘beautiful lake’. Even if that doesn’t entirely make sense (the only body of water here is the Vincou river). Still, you get the gist.

Property Hotspot – Arles-sur-Tech

If remote is your house-hunting watchword, consider the hillside village of Arles-sur-Tech. Burrowed in the lush Vallespire valley and bordered by the Canigou massif, most of this 2,882-hectare territory is densely forested, with a population of just over 2,700.

Pays de la Loire a Property Paradise

Annaliza Davis explores a region that offers the best of all worlds – whether you are seeking city-centre investment or looking for your own bit of heaven on Earth Pays de la Loire boasts the best of France: fantastic coastlines,

Barrage de Montbel

Chalabre Property

Why buying property in and around Chalabre, with nearby lakes, castles and stunning views of the Pyrenees, makes for a great investment!

Occitanie

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

Vineyards at Solutre in Burgundy, recently added to the UNESCO cultural sites list

A property guide to Burgundy

When you hear the name Burgundy it conjures up most of all the fabulous wines that make the area so famous: Chablis, Nuits St George, Meursault and the list goes on…..   But Burgundy has much to offer beyond the

Where to Buy in France Now – BEAULIEU-SUR-MER

Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveals its top search areas – on and off the beaten track   BEAULIEU-SUR-MER Alpes-Maritimes, Côte d’Azur Beaulieu-sur-Mer, translated as ‘beautiful place by the sea’, lies at the very heart

Property Hotspot – TREIGNAC, Limousin

Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveals its top search areas – on and off the beaten track   TREIGNAC, Limousin. Standing next to the Vézère river, Treignac is situated in the north part of Corrèze,

Where to buy in France now! – MAGALAS

  Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveals its top search areas – on and off the beaten track   MAGALAS, Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon The charming village of Magalas, located just 15km north of the dynamic city

Gard vs Vaucluse

PROPERTY SHOWDOWN We consider the best reasons to buy in these neighbouring areas jostling for position in the sunny south of France… GARD The Gard, a desirable location in the south of France, is a geographically diverse département with varied

PARIS – The Property Boom

Boosted by the Macron Effect, confirmation of the 2024 Olympics and the last-minute Brexit rush, the capital is in the midst of a housing boom. So now is the time to buy, says Caroline Harrap… Paris is always a good

The ruins of the Château de Domfront

Buying Hotspots – DOMFRONT, Orne, Normandy

Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveals its top search areas – on and off the beaten track Domfront Orne, Normandy Located in Orne, Domfront really captures what the more verdant side of Normandy has to

Paris Property – A contradiction in terms

  Annick Dauchy on the contrasts of the 13th arrondissement, a Parisian neighbourhood that combines the small with the large, the old with the new…   Le 13ème, as it is known, is a multifaceted arrondissement on the South Bank.

Bormes-les-Mimosas, Var

Buying Hotspots – Bormes-les-Mimosas, Var

WHERE TO BUY IN FRANCE NOW!   Ready to make the move? The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveal their top search areas – on and off the beaten track   BORMES-LES-MIMOSAS, Var. A steep, winding tree-lined road leads you to

Burgundy

Full Bodied Burgundy

Dominic Bliss reveals why it’s the right time to buy in this region of rolling countryside, gorgeous fortified towns, charming period properties – and robust reds For decades we Britons have been drawn to Burgundy, lured by those two great

Property Showdown Creuse vs Corrèze

We consider the best reasons to buy in these sparring partners that form two thirds of the centrally-located Limousin region…   CREUSE The landlocked département of the Creuse is in the northernmost part of the bucolic Limousin region at the

Live the Dream in Dordogne – Dordogne Buying Guide

Annaliza Davis reveals the myriad delights of this south-western département, which is a confirmed favourite with British property buyers… For many overseas visitors, the Dordogne sums up the French experience, with its green, undulating landscapes, magnificent riverside châteaux, historic towns,

Brittany Property Guide

Buying a Home in Brittany

A Breton harbour scene at Saint-Brieuc on Brittany’s justly celebrated Côtes-d’Armor Annaliza Davis reveals why this idyllic area of France, which is a just a short hop across the Channel, is such a hit with overseas property buyers and visitors

Languedoc

For the Love of Languedoc

Annaliza Davis asks, could this hugely varied area, which offers sun, sea and ski, be the perfect place to live your French dream? Picture, for a moment, the things you’d be hoping to gain from buying a property in France.

Buying on the Cote D’Azur

Annaliza Davis reveals how the glamorous Riviera, with its triple draw of sun, surf and ski, offers even property hunters on a budget a slice of the good life… British people know it as ‘The French Riviera’. The Côte d’Azur

The Delights of Normandy

Annaliza Davis revels in a hugely varied area that offers the best of France, from coast to country, city and cuisine, just over the Channel…   The popular town of Étretat, as seen from the white cliffs that flank the

Glorious Gascony

Annaliza Davis unveils the cultural and historical treasures of France’s southwest, which can offer buyers everything from pretty market towns to picturesque countryside The ancient cathedral city of Auch, reflected in the Gers River   Picture an area of France

Poitou-Charentes Property Buying Guide

Halfway down the west coast of France, Poitou-Charentes (now part of the newly-formed super region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine) encompasses the departments of Deux-Sèvres in the northwest, Vienne in the northeast, Charente in the southeast, Charente-Maritime in the west; and is also home to the famed Île de Ré and Île d’Oléron islands.