Plan on running a B&B or letting a gîte in the Hexagon? We’ve picked five of the most lucrative areas for businesses, with a few tips and tricks thrown in for good measure. Happy hunting! Normandy For many Brits ferrying…
Why buying property in and around Chalabre, with nearby lakes, castles and stunning views of the Pyrenees, makes for a great investment!
For many the ancient city of Narbonne and its surrounds is the ideal property location in the Aude department – right at the crossroads of the two main motorways, easily accessed from 4 airports, close enough to the beach for day- tripping, and steeped in history and culture. “Narbonne Property Guide”
The exact specifications of the true original cassoulet are difficult to make out, because there are as many stories about it’s origins as there are versions of the recipe. The name comes from the cassole, the earthenware pot that is traditionally used to cook it in.
A cycling group of ‘rosbeefs’ in France organises a gruelling bike race in aid of World Bicycle Relief. See why Cyclist magazine calls the south of France Pyrénées a ‘magnet for cyclists’.
We’ve teamed up with Les Vignobles Foncalieu to offer one lucky reader six bottles of wine from the beautiful Château Haut Gléon in the Languedoc. The delicious prize is three bottles of Haut Gléon Rouge, a generous and intense wine with soft…
We talk to Amanda Garnham, Press Attaché for the Armagnac bureau, who’s lived with her family in Gascony since 1997
Start your property search here: An overview of the most important aspects of purchasing a property in the Languedoc Roussillon region of southwest France.
Despite technology leaps and the need to recycle our paper, French residents are still required to save in hard copy a whole stack of papers and documents – some for a relatively short time, others for a lifetime…
Whilst in Marseillan I experienced a wonderful new event being presented by Noilly Prat, the vermouth manufacturers famously situated here by the port. I want to keep it a secret but it’s just so special that it needs to be…
Drive around the villages of the Languedoc Roussillon and you’re bound to see the very strange word ”Byrrh” painted onto the sides of buildings in fading lettering. FrenchEntrée explores the origins of the historic Byrrh apertif, one of the most iconic products of the Languedoc Roussillon.
Guy Hibbert fulfils a long-held ambition, driving a classic Italian sports car on a 36-hour road trip through Languedoc-Roussillon, leisurely taking in the area’s hugely pleasurable range of seafood, wines, mountains and medieval architecture along the way…
When we pack up and set out for a new life in France, full of eager anticipation, none of us expects to become ill. The medical culture is different, the language barrier becomes even harder, friends and family are far away. CSF can help.
If you’re looking for a traditional Languedoc-Roussillon dessert to delight your dinner guests, then why not turn your hand to the surprisingly simple preparation of a Crème Catalane – a favourite from the French Catalonia area in the south of the region bordering Spain.
This is what they eat to warm themselves up in the Cévennes mountains in winter … if it works for them, it could help us through our cold winter too. Here is a delicious French bistro staple.
Poet-philosopher Paul Valéry was one the most significant French Symbolists of the late 19th century, alongside Stéphane Mallarmé and Paul Verlaine. Valéry was born in Sète and spent his early years in Montpellier, later relocating to Paris to embark on…
One Sètois tradition is guaranteed to jolt the Languedoc from the languor of midsummer days. Water jousting was a popular medieval sport in the South of France, first appearing in Sète in 1666, at the inauguration of the Canal Royale.…
The black truffle, also known as the ‘black pearl’ or ‘black diamond’ of the kitchen, is one of the most expensive edible mushrooms in the world. It is harvested from November to February not just in the Perigord, but also in a number of other regions where conditions are favourable, and that includes the Languedoc and Provence.
Plenty of wines and cheeses have the prestigious AOC label of excellence. But, as Norman Miller discovers, there are many more prized products to savour
Pelardon, a little round of goat’s cheese, has been produced since Roman times in the Languedoc, and now is produced in five departments surrounding the Gard and the Cévennes region. Here is a little taste of its history and a delicious way to serve it!
The “real” South of France by Neale Roberts, Property Finder in the area of Carcassone, Béziers and Narbonne in the south of France.
There are difficulties tolearning to speak French well. Here are some observations and tips about learning French from an English speaker’s point of view.
If you are lucky enough to have been invited to a wedding in France or are planning to get married in France, you may want to have a few pointers as to the correct wedding and dining etiquette to ensure that you don’t commit a terrible faux pas!
In 2009 Paul and Isla Gordon moved from New Zealand to Languedoc-Roussillon where they set up Domaine La Sarabande. FrenchEntrée finds out why they came to France, the challenges involved and what advice they would give others.
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.
Louise Elsom has been living in the Languedoc for four years and in January 2012 launched Brits in Carcassonne now called Aude Grapevine, hosting regular events in a bid to bring English speakers together to share advice and tips on living in France.
In Quissac (Languedoc-Roussillon) the Chiens Chats du Monde association works to save and rehome mistreated dogs and cats. There are so many breeds to choose from, ranging from Labradors and Shih Tzus to Jack Russells and Westies – and that’s just the dogs.
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…
Languedoc-Roussillon is a real culinary crossroads. From Catalan cuisine to the specialities of the Cévennes, there’s a wide array of choices on offer. Travel agency Océanides Réceptif has sought out the best local restaurants and chosen hotels and B&Bs where gastronomic cuisine is a priority.
We talked to Christine LaCroix, Project Manager of UCCIMAC, to find out how the organisation can assist expats looking to take-over a business in the Massif-Central.
For many the main draw of Prades and its surrounding villages is that the location is practically equidistant from both the skiing in the Eastern Pyrenees and the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean Sea. But to simply state that Prades gives you the best access to both the mountains and the coast is to miss out on its other excellent qualities. “Prades Property”
If you’re considering buying a property in the Languedoc Roussillon this year, chances are that you’ll already have a good idea about where in the region you want it to be, that’s why we’ve created dedicated location specific property sales pages for the main property hotspots in the region – “Languedoc Roussillon property sales links”
Paddy Gibbins, director of Buy To Let Montpellier, explains why property hunters looking to invest in the Languedoc-Roussillon need to get to grips with the sums, and gives a few tips on what to look for when searching for that perfect property investment. “Read more…”
At FrenchEntrée Languedoc-Roussillon we often get emails or phone calls from prospective property hunters looking for information about buying and selling property in the region. Here we take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions and get feedback from the agents who we work with.
Jo and David Cowderoy moved to France to realise their long-held dream of creating their own wine. Here, they tell FrenchEntrée how they did it…
If you’re looking for property close to skiing and winter sports facilities, but with summer potential too, then you should focus your search in the eastern Pyrenees mountain area of the Languedoc-Roussillon. Located in the Pyrenees Orientales bordering Spain and Andorra – the Capcir and Cerdagne plateaux are an outdoor pursuits paradise. “Pyrenees Property”
More information and images of “Alet-les-Bains”, a picturesque medieval village in the Aude.
Information about property in the “Razes” – a much sought-after area with pretty villages and endless rolling vineyards northwest of Limoux.
History and local information about the small town of “Esperaza”, in the Aude.
Images and information about “Limoux Property”, a popular market town in the valley of the River Aude.
September is the most exciting time in the winemaker’s calendar as the harvest begins. For the wine-lover, the change in temperature and the shorter days means an equally exciting shift in drinking habits.
The fact that the northern Languedoc-Roussillon department of Lozere has largely been ignored by typical non-French property buyers is now becoming one of its most charming assets. This is the part of the region where you can truly get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life!
“Lozere Property Guide”
This forgotten corner of the Languedoc-Roussillon is well worth exploring for its combination of beautiful countryside, picturesque winemaking villages and value for money property.
• “Agly & Maury”
• “Bassin de Thau”
• “Capcir & Cerdagne”
• “Ceze Valley”
• “Haut Languedoc”
Every once in a blue moon, while on my travels with Mrs Sandford, I make the mistake of driving into a town or city I don’t know looking for a place to eat. So, here a little gem in Nimes for your address book in case you find yourself wandering its pretty streets! “Le Bouchon du Marché”
The Minervois is an area that ticks a lot of boxes when looking for an ideal property in the Languedoc: it has the wine, the climate, the beauty and the peacefulness many associate with the good life in the south of France. Read on to see if the Minervois is the area for your dream home in the sun. “Minervois Property”
The Corbieres area south-east of Carcassonne provides an ideal location for those looking for proximity to the airport whilst getting away from modern life in its beautiful hills, valleys and mountains covered in garrigues, vines, and forests. The Corbieres is a wonderful area for anyone looking for easy access to outdoor activities, or for a slower, more peaceful pace of life.
The historic city of Carcassonne and its surrounding area continues to draw property investors, keen to explore the options in this increasingly popular tourist destination, where the property market is seeing an upsurge thanks to improved transport links and its combination of Mediterranean climate and unspoilt landscape. “Carcassonne Property”
Louise Sayers, from Med & Mountain Properties explains why the charming town of Ceret remains a property hotspot in the Pyrenees Orientales, and gives an indication of the current property trends there.
“Buying Property in Ceret”