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 SIGHTJustin 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 worked

Downshifting to France | Photo by Djoronimo

Downshifting to France?

 FrenchEntrée chats with Sarah, who moved her family to France in 2011, about the most commonly asked questions by people considering downshifting to France, to change their high-pressure lifestyle for a slower and more rewarding one, even if that means cutting down on expenses.

Becoming a pest controller in France

Sylvia Edwards Davis talks to biker and ex-PI Robert Moon who, with wife Lesley, moved to the Cher département in the Centre Region. He’s the first Briton in France to become a qualified pest control or lutte contre les nuisibles professional…

Bargain hunting in the Dordogne

Jill Walker, her husband Peter and their dogs Archie and Lilly are regulars in France. She can’t resist a good brocante and has started selling French home accessories in England.

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My village: loving life in Tarn-et-Garonne

Val Johnstone talks fondly about life in her special corner of Tarn-et-Garonne I have always been greedy, so can I write about our three villages. We live in the country, on top of the world at Mas del Sol, practically equidistant between

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First date with a Frenchman

First dates can be nerve-wracking enough, but cooking a three-course French dinner for a Frenchman can turn into a downright disaster – as Cathe learnt the hard way!

Living and studying in Paris

Andrea knew she wanted to live in France ever since her first day of French class when she was 13 years old…

A Chalet in the Alps

Chris, an Isle of Man Advocate in General Practice, and Vanessa, formerly Head of PE at Island Secondary School, met on the hockey pitch…

My interior design business in France

Julie Kilgallon is a qualified interior designer based on the French Riviera. She grew up in Manchester and was inspired by her mother’s soft furnishing business to pursue a career in interior design.

The Best of Both Worlds

Gwyn Brooke is South African, married with two teenage children, has a passion for people and travel and divides her time between Nice and Dubai…

We run a gite business in Provence

David and Karen Taylor live in Saint Saturnin Les Apt in Provence, where they run a gite business and are lucky enough to have their own olive grove. Here they speak to FrenchEntrée about why they left the UK to start afresh in France.

My dress agency in Poitou-Charentes

In the three years since Terry Warren opened Je Ne Sais Quoi in La Rochefoucauld, she has seen everything from old knickers to vintage Chanel come through the doors of her dress agency. FrenchEntrée asks her how she – and her two teenage children – came to be in the Charente and what she hopes to achieve with the business.

Rip-it Encore: a British band abroad

Kent Terry from Nutley in England (45) and Jake Watt from Dunbar in Scotland (31) with Tilda the Taxi are Rip-it Encore, a band based near Pézenas (Herault) that play bars, restaurants, weddings, parties and other events.

We bought a restaurant in Normandy

In 2002 Patrick and Nicky Hilyer swapped a settled family life in Saffron Walden, North Essex for an exciting but unpredictable future: running a restaurant in Lower Normandy. Patrick explains how they became restaurateurs.

In the dog house!

Eleanor Fullalove meets Rick and Tracey Harwood, a couple living the good life in France. They run luxury kennels in Normandy. Here they reveal why they made the move and how they make it work for them.

Real-life Story: Buying in Sanary-sur-Mer

Sue Aitken owns a flat in Sanary-sur-Mer, a town in Provence that she discovered as a student. Here Sue tells FrenchEntrée how the town has managed to retain its charm over the years and why she decided to buy the first property she saw.

Opera singing to soap making

Nia Hafsia left Wales in 2005 to start a business in Bergerac making natural soaps, including varieties such as beetroot & celery, strawberries & Champagne, chestnut & chocolate torte. The opera singer and piano teacher wanted to do something different.

Designing jewellery in the Languedoc

Seven years ago, Gee Backhouse gave up her job in computing and moved from the Cotswolds to the Minervois where she set up as a jewellery designer. Here, Gee tells how she and her husband realised their dream of settling in France…

Artists open gallery in Dordogne château

Mike Snow (a painter) and Timothy White (a photographer) moved from the US and opened an art gallery within a château in the Dordogne. In between workshops at their base in Saussignac, Mike sat down to take FrenchEntrée through their journey…