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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

Kiwi Adventurers | Living in the Dordogne

Kiwi Adventurers – Living in the Dordogne Susannah Hickling meets a couple from New Zealand who fell in love with an ailing historic house in the ancient village of Lalinde.   Many people would be worried about taking on a

Restoration of a Manor House in France

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Justin Postlethwaite talks to the passionate owner of a 18th-century domaine in Beaujolais, north of Lyon, about its complete restoration … French-born Richard Brague bought the abandoned Domaine de Vavril in 2004 and, since then, has