Maison Secondaire

Maison SecondaireWelcome to our comprehensive guide to Owning and Buying a Second Home in France. A complete on-line resource for information for those who have, or are thinking about buying, a Second Home in France.

The French climate, food, wine and the laid back French lifestyle along with the prices of French property are just some of the reasons why France has always been a popular place for people to buy a second home. Here you will find all the information you need to help with buying and upkeeping a second home in France, from choosing the right area in France to buy your holiday home, information about upkeep costs and other articles to help you get value for money when buying a holiday home in France.

If you can’t find the information you are looking for in this section, please scroll down the page where you will find all of our articles on Buying a Second Home in France.

Guides to help you buy a Second Home in France

What you need to think about when buying a Second Home in France

Looking after your Second Home in France

Information on running costs and looking after your Second Home in France


Inspection visits – Property Management in France

We have been looking recently at what property management in France really is, and why absentee owners need to source reliable and trustworthy property caretakers to ensure they can truly enjoy their ownership of a property at a distance. For

Why do you need Property Management?

The numbers of foreign owned properties in France have escalated steeply since the early 2000s. In fact, the over subscription of properties available to rent in this, the most visited country in the world, is often put down to the

What is Property Management?

Property management in France is a business built because of the huge number of second homes there, whose owners are not around to deal with all the minutiae of ‘housekeeping’ in the loosest sense of that word. The first national

Buying a holiday home in France …?

A holiday home in France is a great idea but like all good things, it takes some planning and a little effort to make it work. Here are a few practical tips to help you get the most out of your maison secondaire

How should I own my property in France?

How should I own my property in France? Is there a particular type of ownership that I should choose to ensure my property goes to my spouse when I die? Charlotte Macdonald, a specialist solicitor in Stone King’s international trust

Property Management in France for Absentee Owners

  1 – When buying a property in France, don’t forget to budget for its ongoing maintenance, as well as its purchase price. Think ahead at that stage – a huge plot can become a costly burden rather than a

Buying property in France

Buying Property in France – Case Study

  Hugely experienced search agent Nadia Jordan explains how to narrow down the huge choice of French properties, to bag your dream home in an area that’s perfect for your needs…   Setting parameters and priorities really pays off, when

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DAAF Smoke Detector Obligatory in France

Every home in France must be equipped with an independent smoke alarm (DAAF Détecteur avertisseur autonome de fumée). The DAAF has to comply with the norm NF EN14604 or CE EN14604 and can be powered by battery or electricity as

House, Garden and Pool Cleaning – Cahors

Image not found.Providing a range of services in the Cahors area ranging from housekeeping, house cleaning services, pool maintenance, garden care & grounds maintenance, to dressing your property for sale. Carroll Property Services caring for your Home away from Home

French Author gives advice…

The former Chateau of the Comtesse de Segur, famous writer of children’s books in the 19th Century, is certainly an appropriate place for a 21st Century writer to live. Genevieve Brame, author of ‘Living and Working in France – Chez Vous En France’, is fortunate to have an appartment in the chateau grounds in the lovely Normandy countryside. I was fortunate to spend a pleasant lunch with her and to take the opportunity to ask her what advice she would give to second home owners in France.

How we bought our holiday home in France

I’ve been with Nigel for eight years; married for the past two and a half, second marriages for both of us. We loved France and Germany and romanticised about living abroad, a little ‘Pie in the Sky’ venture, possibly a restaurant or a B&B. It was a nice day dream -then we had a bombshell.

Just a Minute!

Old timers… that is they have had a second home in France for some time …! Pam and David Tillotson tell us about their 15 years of being maison secondairers…

Your holiday home garden

I apologise to Voltaire for using his famous quote from Candide! It is a phrase we often use when thinking about France and getting away from the hustle and bustle of London. Not that we don’t have a garden in London – a standard 90 footer in fact- but in Normandy we have acquired three quarters of an acre. It is popularly called in our family the Fantasy Field ….

Doing up your Maison Secondaire

One thing is certain when looking for a maison secondaire …you can get really carried away with the choice of properties … and even more their POTENTIAL. When we were really seriously starting to discuss what we could do with a vast mill complex, I realised that it just had to stop. Doing it up would be a lifetime’s work. Doing it up at about 6 weeks a year would take longer than a lifetime …

Hints! First thoughts on buying that second home.

You would think that one home is enough for anyone, but owning a second home has been a popular dream for generations. Many may be content with a caravan by the sea, but for a growing number that it just not enough …they want a house or apartment and they want it in France. But before you jump in your car and head off to estate agents, stop and think. What do you really want? Will it be a delight …or a millstone?