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Champagne – Far from the Madding Crowd

From the moment Janet Hulstrand waltzed into Essoyes as a bright-eyed seasonal grape-picker, it was love at first sight. The rest, as they say, is history…   Why did you choose Essoyes? Well, Essoyes chose me, in a way. I

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?

The Lure of the South

  We sneak a peek inside Norwegian couple Heidi and Morten Nystad’s Scandinavia-meets-Occitanie holiday home, near coveted Uzès   FRENCHENTRÉE MAGAZINE: What brought you to France? HEIDI & MORTEN NYSTAD: France was always our favourite holiday destination, and year after

Lifestyle Case Study – The Gers

Pleasures of the Campagne Dominic Bliss journeys to the south-western Gers département to meet an expat who revels in the area’s peace and calm, both on and off two wheels   Quiet? You haven’t experiened it until you’ve visited the

In a Manner of Speaking

  Nadia Jordan debunks a common misconception that may have put you off trying to exercise or improve your French while in l’Hexagone…   Most foreigners attempting to speak French will have experienced the pained look of incomprehension that a

Renovation Case Study – Content in Cotentin

  Ignoring her agent’s warnings, Karin Twijnstra fell head over heels with a 16th-century château in Normandy. She tells Sylvia Edwards Davis about her decades-long bid to convert it into a cosy B&B   FRENCHENTRÉE MAGAZINE: What brought you to

Nature and Nurture, French Lifestyle, Gardens

  Jackie Barnes’s move to France, where she’s created a unique nature-defying garden in Vienne, had a stomach-churning start, she tells Marion Sauvebois   “We were house-hunting and we asked our agent to take us to a rustic restaurant… well,

Betting on Brittany

Kim and James Hoffmeister took a leap of faith when they moved their family to a pint sized town-house in rural Brittany. They tell FrenchEntrée why  they’re now living the dream…   FRENCHENTRÉE MAGAZINE: What brought you to France? KIM

Farming at a Snail’s Pace

Janine Marsh meets a British expat farmer in the north of France with a passion for a French culinary icon… Snails. To most of us they are slimy pests that devour our blooms and make our stomachs turn. For Mike

A Grape Undertaking in Gironde

David Stannard, from Surrey, moved to the village of Cardan in the south-western Gironde département in 1998, where he runs the Paradise Rescued organic winery…   How did you choose the village? We were attracted to the Gironde because of