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.

Limousin – A Rural Retreat

If it’s peace and tranquillity you’re after, then this agricultural heartland in central-southwestern France will float your boat, says Dominic Bliss… Fancy stepping back in time? The Limousin is France as it was 50 years ago. It’s reassuringly rural (the

Paris watercolour art

Paris Property – Quartiers du jour

Caroline Harrap gives us the low-down on the capital’s three hottest up-and-coming neighbourhoods. And they’re not where you may think… SOUTH PIGALLE Long a part of the city’s red-light district, over the last few years the sleazy vibe of South

Provence Buying Guide

Provence Buying Guide

PROVENCE VERDANT AND SUNDRENCHEDAnnaliza Davis explores the stunning landscapes, coastal gems and postcard-perfect villages set among fields of lavender that have sealed Britons’ love affair with this areaProvence offers exuberant fields of poppies, lavender and sunflowers, vineyards with mountainous backdrops

Manche ports

Property Showdown – Manche VS Calvados

We consider the best reasons to buy in these neighbouring northern départements…   ~ Manche ~ A mere skip and a hop across the Channel from southern England, Manche sits along the pretty coast of Basse-Normandie. Made up of wild

Paris Je t’Aime

After dallying with the Marais, Connie Beaudoin and Peter Berley fell in love with a characterful Haussmann apartment in the 8th arrondissement   FRENCHENTRÉE MAGAZINE: What drew you to the 8th arrondissement?   CONNIE BEAUDOIN: When we visited Paris, we


Seeing Double in Luchon, Haute Garonne

Sylvia Edwards Davis chats to South African couple Almarie and Dan Hugo about their bold move to buy two period flats in Haute-Garonne – within the same building… FRENCHENTRÉE MAGAZINE: What brought you to France? ALMARIE HUGO: We love it.


Where to Buy Property in France Now

The FrenchEntrée property services team choose the top areas for property in France… Le Marais, Paris Once a quaint neighbourhood, Le Marais spans the capital’s third, fourth and eleventh arrondissements, and is regarded as ‘old Paris’. Originally marshlands which were used


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 who are looking


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”

The Château de Verteuil on the Charente River

Buying Hotspots – Ruffec

This attractive floral town, which was awarded ‘two flowers’ by Le Conseil National des villes et Villages Fleuris, dates back to the 10th century. Founded by King Lothias, Ruffec was once home to a castle fortress and the surrounding area boasts a vast range of historic landmarks, vineyards, natural beauty spots, rivers and much more.

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

A Property Guide to Gironde

Gironde is world famous for it’s wonderful wines such as those from the vinyards of Medoc and one of its most well known towns, St Emilion, whose vineyards have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. However, it’s not


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 countryside,

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…….

Buying Hotspots – LECTOURE

 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 town of Lectoure boasts ‘night markets’ each summer, along


Buying Hotspots – Lorgues

  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 bastide (fortified) city of Lorgues was originally founded

Creperie store in Brittany France

Brittany Vs Normandy

We assess the benefits of buying in two popular regions of France, kicking off with a real pair of northern heavyweights………….

Provence village and lavender fields

A Property Guide to Provence

Thinking of buying a property in Provence? This guide provides you with useful information on the region covering climate, landscape, access, property styles and price guidelines.

Traditional Dordogne home in Sarlat

Dordogne Property Guide

The Dordogne has been popular with house-buyers from outside the Hexagon. But there are many things to consider before you buy, so here’s a guide to the different attractions of the Dordogne and points to ponder before you sign on the dotted line.

Port Valentré in Cahors in the Lot region of France

Buying property in France: Life in the Lot

Escaping the sun’s glare on the village square in Cazals, northeast of Cahors, I’m sipping a post-lunch coffee with Alice Loftie who, alongside husband Charles, is a FrenchEntrée Estate Agent Partner in this sleepy Lot village. On the walls, there are sun-kissed

How to Spend £100,000 in Brittany

If you have £100,000 to spend on a coastal property in France, what can you get for your money? FrenchEntrée Property Consultant Gaëlle Perreaux looks at the options in Brittany and the south of France

Calvados, the true spirit of Normandy

From country cottages to imposing chateaux, elegant town houses to majestic abbeys, Calvados is dotted with character properties of all shapes and sizes. Admire from the outside or maybe even stay overnight – many are open to visitors as heritage attractions or hotels.


Prades Property Guide

For many the main draw of Prades and its surrounding villages is that the location is practically equidistant from both the skiing in the Eastern Pyrenees and the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean Sea. But to simply state that Prades gives you the best access to both the mountains and the coast is to miss out on its other excellent qualities. “Prades Property”

Segala & Levezou Lakes Property Guide

Classified among the most beautiful villages of France, Sauveterre de Rouergue was once the capital of Ségala and is nowadays one of the most intact of the fortified towns of the south-west.

Castres Property Guide

Castres is a bustling market town and has been tastefully redeveloped and the Place Jean Jaures is now stunning. Its old world charm is typified by the balconied tanners’ and weavers’ properties overhanging the water.Many houses are made of limestone. Castres, and its surrounding countryside, has a good selection of competitively priced farmsteads and “maisons de maître” for sale.

Bastides & Gaillac Property Guide

This area is called the “Golden Triangle” by the estate agents as it forms a triangle between Albi, Gaillac and Cordes-sur-Ciel, which is a stunning hill top bastide town.

The Upper Tarn Valley Property Guide

This area follows the river Tarn. Coming from the west on the A68 it includes many towns such as Lisle sur Tarn, Rabastens, Albi and Gaillac. If you follow the river east after Albi,If you follow the river east after Albi you can find Saint-Juery, Ambialet and Trebas where the fantastic Gorges du Tarn can be explored.

Lauragais – Cocagne Property Guide

The Lauragais is an area south-west of the Tarn with the pretty villages of Sorèze, Puylaurens with stunning views over the Montagne Noire and the Pyrenees. A bit further north is the Pays de Cocagne with hot spots like Lautrec and Lavaur.

Mazamet – Montagne Noire – Thore Valley Property Guide

Mazamet is on the lower slopes of the Montagne Noire, yet just 45 minutes from Carcassonne and just over an hour from Toulouse. Mazamet, and its surrounding area could prove to be an excellent place to buy property, as the prices are reasonable and there are a good variety of desirable properties around.

Segala – Viaur Property Guide

This is also called the land of the 100 valleys. This is a rural area with spectacular, unspoilt countryside dotted with thick stone-walled 17th- to 19th century cottages, barns and farms which have been fully or partially restored or are still waiting to be converted.