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Everyone’s Cup of Tea

Three years ago, Tina Sharpe fell in love with a quirky teapot-shaped shed and embarked on the barmy mission to ship it from Scotland to rural France and turn it into a successful café. Alice Phillpott meets the plucky entrepreneur

Celebrating Provence

  Voice-over artist and wedding celebrant Celia Ford Drummond relocated with her American husband, Trent, to the Provençal village of Roquebrune-sur-Argens in 2004   Why did you choose your village? We already had a holiday home near the Provençal coast,

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

Vegetarianism in the Limousin

  Dominic Bliss meets a plucky couple who threw caution to the wind to launch a vegetarian restaurant in cattle country Louise Elsom is a very brave woman indeed. In October last year she and her partner, Dave, opened a

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.

Loving the Rural Life in Gironde

Dominic Bliss experiences the delights of the south-western département of the Gironde, at a luxury gîte owned by a family from Merseyside…   “Learning the language for me is key,” says Deborah Hubbard who moved from Merseyside to Eynesse in

My French Garden in the Lot

Steve Jarratt reveals how formal English gardens inspired the design of Sue and John Herring’s plot in the Lot…     Sue and John Herring left England in 2006 for the vert et agréable land of Lot, 30 minutes north

Le Manoir Reborn

Justin Postlethwaite talks to the owner of a gîte in Poitou-Charentes, Le Manoir des Couts, about restoring the 16th-century manor house…   FrenchEntrée Magazine: Can you tell us what drew you to Poitou-Charents? Francine Dunkley/ We used to live in