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Property in France

Buying in France at a Glance

New to the French property market? Our comprehensive guide will help you find your bearings… The process of buying property in France is fairly straightforward and well-regulated. Every year, thousands of overseas buyers purchase new homes in the Hexagon without

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How can I set up a proxy vote from France?

If you’re living in France, or plan to be there during the general election in December, you have two options for voting: by postal vote or by proxy vote. Concerns over unreliable postal systems have resulted in people being urged

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Five Buy-to-let Picks by the Beach

Earlier this year, Pavillon Bleu unveiled France’s best beaches of 2019 – so we’ve combed the sands that made the list and picked out our top five hotspots for properties with rental potential. Antibes A bunch of beaches in Antibes

Once the main residence of the Counts of Armagnac, every inch of Lectoure speaks to its rich heritage

Call of the Wild West: Moving from Paris to Gascony

Cheshire-born author Karen Webb turned a new leaf when she traded Paris for the perched village of Lectoure in deepest rural Gers. Why did you choose Lectoure? I had been working as an English teacher in Paris for 16 years

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The Wild Southwest: Meet the Pioneers of Languedoc

The Outsiders are a group of wine producers from all around the world who settled in this part of France, attracted by affordable prices, diversity and a sense of freedom, writes Patrice Bertrand We could have gone somewhere else but

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Property Showdown: Orne Versus Eure

These neighbours, with their glorious greenscapes, are just are a stone’s throw from the Channel coast Orne Thinking of buying in Normandy? As well as the lush countryside and great food, you’re probably drawn to the miles of coastline. However,

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Where to Buy in France: Montaigu-de-Quercy

Tarn-et-Garonne, Occitanie The ancient province of Quercy truly is a land that time forgot, where you will find, hidden away in sleepy backwaters, some of the most attractive rural architecture in France. Fortified towns known as ‘bastides’ (taken from the

Where to buy in France: Pézenas

Hérault, Occitanie Many folk who have set foot in Pézenas claim it’s like “stepping back in time”. Certainly, the town’s impressive tally of 30-plus monuments historiques and 17th-century hôtels particuliers, with their wrought-iron balconies and grand courtyards, fire the imagination.

Where To Buy In France: Flayosc

Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur At first glance, the perched village of Flayosc appears to be extremely remote. For starters, there are hills, vineyards and olive groves as far as the eye can see. Then there’s the fact that no major road

Will Brexit Affect Inheritance Law in France?

Charlotte Macdonald is an associate solicitor in Stone King’s international and cross border team. Over a new 12-part series of articles Charlotte will answer legal and practical questions that are often asked by her clients in relation to buying or

Uncovering Architectural History Through Via Nissa

The phrase “if only these walls could speak, think of the stories they could tell” is natural to consider when looking at a property which remains intact, although the people who built and lived in it are long gone. Now

Me, You, and Les Enfants Come Too

Running a château offering family-friendly holiday experiences in France is far from child’s play, but it’s exactly what Jon Barnsley left a high-profile job at one of the UK’s biggest newspapers to do. Greg Cook finds out more.   How

At Home in Deux-Sèvres

When Stephen Davies pulled up outside a rickety barn in Airvault, he knew he’d found his future home. Nearly 20 years on, he’s still living the expat dream…

New speed camera warnings launched in France

Official Map of the Placement of Fixed Speed Cameras Online

  The official map of fixed radars (Conventional fixed speed cameras, two-way speed cameras, medium speed cameras etc…) and dummy control routes (where radars are moved regularly) has just been posted on the Road Safety website. This map shows the

Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val

The medieval town of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val on the Aveyron River boasts a beguiling mix of amazing scenery and fascinating history plus a fantastic local market – it’s a jewel of the Tarn-et-Garonne…   1. Stunning panoramas The first and most obviously

The Cost of Living in France

The dream of moving to France is often based on a simpler, less costly and more rewarding lifestyle, but is it really a cheaper place to live?   START WITH THE FACTS At a glance, the cost of living for

My Town Côte d’Azur

Nearly 30 years since she left her native United States for the sun-dappled shores of the Riviera, Lanie Goodman tells us why it’s the best decision she’s ever made   Why did you choose to call Villefranche-sur-Mer home? The advantages

Taste of the Terroir – La Côte d’Opale

Twenty-one miles from England lies France’s Opal Coast. For many school children, this stretch of coastline linking Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer provides their first taste of France. Eleanor Fullalove advises visitors of all ages to bring back plenty of yummy ‘souvenirs’

Taste of the Terroir – Marennes Oléron

Situated off the west coast of France, the island of Oléron is accessible via Marennes in mainland Charente-Maritime. Not surprisingly, seafood is the main culinary delight found in this beautiful outpost on the Atlantic, but that’s certainly not all…

Interiors – French Inspiration

Carolyn Westbrook is a huge fan of the classic French style of interior design. Here she reveals the Parisian source of her own French homes inspiration and offers her take on why Gallic interiors have such enduring appeal The French

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Right Place, Wrong Taxes

Imagine this scenario: you are a British expatriate, living in France and enjoying the lifestyle you have dreamed about. Then you receive a letter from your local tax office claiming you owe them thousands of euros in unpaid taxes, interest

Taste of the Terroir – The Vienne

Famous for its picturesque green pastures, for the majestic River Vienne, and as the land of Futuroscope, this beautiful department in Poitou-Charentes is perhaps less known for its gastronomy. However, there are many culinary delights to enjoy, as Nina Richards

10 REASONS TO VISIT – The Charente

Flanked by the Dordogne and Charente-Maritime departments, the tranquil Charente has a wealth of enticing elements to lure visitors, from dreamy waterways to historic villages, from castles and rolling fields to its world famous booze, Cognac.

Weddings Near Carcassonne

Perfect for weddings, anniversary and birthday celebrations near Carcassonne and Toulouse   L’ABBAYE CHATEAU DE CAMON Peter Lawton, formerly the manager of the Samling Hotel in Lake Windermere, and his interior designer wife Katie invite you to enjoy their exclusive

Taste of the terroir – Champagne region

When in Champagne, for many of us the temptation is to think solely about the region’s identity-defining booze. But beyond the bubbles, cellars, châteaux and vineyards, fizz-guzzling foodies can also find plenty of fine regional grub to get their teeth

France’s Five Best Beaches

  House hunting is exhausting work. So why not stretch your legs or squeeze in a spot of sunbathing on the warm sand between viewings? Wherever your search takes you, a paradisical plage awaits 1 La Grande Plage, Biarritz It’s

Five of France’s Sweetest Spots

  La Belle France is home to a bounty of unique confectionery. So, if you’re house hunting in these areas, make sure you save some room to indulge in their signature treats…   1 Brittany: Kouign-Amann Pastry chef Thierry Lucas

Everyday French Roasts

  The bestselling author of Ripailles Stéphane Reynaud turns his attention to roasts for every day of the week. Here are three favourites with classic side dishes   Rôti de boeuf en cocotte d’oignons Roast beef on a bed of

Taste of the Terroir – Burgundy

Historic Burgundy has long been a thriving agricultural region. This has influenced the Bourguignons to create rustic and hearty meals from locally sourced ingredients, as Nina Richards reveals   Burgundy is home to some of the finest jewels of French

Crêpes Normandes

  Wickedly indulgent and loved by anyone with a sweet tooth, this is my variation on simple pancakes with butter fried apples, pears and caster sugar. This is delicious served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.   PREPARATION: 15

Taste of the Terroir – Provence

From the Med to the foothills of the Alps,Provence is blessed with some of the most delicious natural produce in the whole of France, with vegetables, fruit and harbour-fresh fish. Not to mention the newly invigorated wine scene that’s causing

Easy (and very lazy) Cassoulet

For 20 years, Belfast-born Trish Deseine has been cooking in her fabulous French kitchens, from a city pad in Paris to her country kitchen in the Vallée de la Vaucouleurs, between Paris and Rouen. In her book, she explores the

Taste of the Terroir – Corsica

  With its culinary traditions and proud local heritage, few French places stake a claim to the importance of terroir quite like Corsica, the “Île de Beauté” in the Mediterranean. Justin Postlethwaite makes his selection of the best food and

Quoi de neuf, docteur?

  Nadia Jordan clears up a few myths about the French health system and recalls her first dash to A&E, maimed builder in tow   When we moved to France, I can honestly say that the French healthcare system was

My Village in Pas-de-Calais

  Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis Author Janine Marsh up and left London for the land of Ch’ti after falling head over heels for a crumbling farmhouse in the village of Sempy, Seven Valleys   Why did you choose this village?

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