Charles Smallwood

The Property Scene in St-Antonin-Noble-Val

It’s a sultry summer lunchtime in southwest France and I’m happily tucking into perfectly cooked (à point, since you ask!) lamb chops on the riverside terrace at Le Festin de Babette, a popular spot in St Antonin-Noble-Val. It’s the picture

Five Top Spots For Summer Rentals

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

New issue of FrenchEntrée Magazine OUT NOW!

The Winter edition of the ‘new-look’ FrenchEntrée magazine is available now. With an extra 24 pages per issue, meaning that there is even more in-depth information on such things as; regional buying guides, leading expert advice and inspirational real-life stories

La Bastide d'Armagnac, Landes

A property guide to Gascony

Thinking of buying a property in Gascony? We’ve prepared an introductory guide to the region covering climate, landscape, attractions, access, property styles and prices.

Violets of Toulouse

Ask any Toulousain about the emblems of the pink city and you can be sure that violets will make the list. Their enchanting fragrance and significant colour even inspired the city’s other nickname: the City of Violets.

Port Valentré in Cahors in the Lot region of France

Buying property in France: Life in the Lot

Escaping the sun’s glare on the village square in Cazals, northeast of Cahors, I’m sipping a post-lunch coffee with Alice Loftie who, alongside husband Charles, is a FrenchEntrée Estate Agent Partner in this sleepy Lot village. On the walls, there are sun-kissed

Where should you go skiing in France?

Skiing in France is something of a ‘no-brainer’. France has the biggest ski area in the world, laying claim to an unbelievable 30% of the world’s surface area devoted to the sport.

St-Antonin-Noble-Val

My village: At home in St-Antonin

I always knew we’d chosen wisely when we bought our house in France, but now everyone can get a flavour of where we live. Our small town, St Antonin Noble Val, is the setting for the recently-released film, The Hundred-foot

life in the village of Varen, Tarn-et-Garonne

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

Buying property in the Southern Gers

The southern Gers region in the Midi-Pyrénées is the France of many people’s imaginations; sunflowers and gently rolling hills, medieval bastide towns and classic French farmhouses, vineyards and typical French country restaurants, rivers and lakes, castles and historic villages all of which is set against the dramatic backdrop of the Pyrénées mountains.

What’s on in the Midi-Pyrénées

There are all sorts of events being planned throughout the year in the Midi-Pyrénées region. Here’s our pick of the bunch, from springtime carnivals in Albi and Castres to local food festivals and major music concerts.

Buying property in the Haute-Garonne

The Haute-Garonne department is one of the eight departments of the Midi-Pyrénées region in SW France and is home to both the bustling metropolis of Toulouse and a rural backdrop of undulating hills and valleys.

Buying property in the Ariège

This is a region where there really is property to suit every taste and every budget and it is well located with a great climate, summer and winter. Much of the Ariège is within an hour of Toulouse.

From Sydney to SW France

Nadia Jordan, a property finder in the Midi-Pyrénées, talks to a couple from Sydney who bought a home in south west France having never even visited the region!

eco living in the Midi-Pyrénées

The Midi-Pyrénées Is Ideally Suited to Eco-living

Ten years ago, eco-friendly living would have been considered slightly unconventional. Nowadays, almost everyone is contemplating some form of environmentally friendly home improvement says Nadia Jordan, who lives in the Midi-Pyrénées and thinks it ideally suited to eco-living.

We opened a hotel in the Pyrénées

In July 2006, Roger Bruton, his wife Gillian and their extended family, swapped Stockport (Cheshire) for a new life in France. They settled in the Pyrénées, where they set up a small hotel. Roger tells FrenchEntrée their story…

Chats du Quercy

Based in Miramont de Quercy, (Tarn et Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées) Chats du Quercy is a charity on a mission to find permanent homes for homeless cats and kittens with responsible and caring owners.

Holiday home owners who care

Jane and Ron Bennett have a property in the Gers that they rent out to holidaymakers. They intend to spend more time there once Ron has retired, but their investment has already brought with it a career change for Jane.

Alpine Property for the Summer

Who says that France’s ski resorts are just for skiing? There are plenty which attract tourists all year round, with the chance to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities (no snow required!) in beautiful surroundings. As a result, they provide

A Vegetable Plot in the Lot

I spent the better part of this afternoon upside down with my head in our rainwater cistern battling the all predatory forces of heaven and earth. I think I’m winning.
Spring is the time for grand designs, and for years now, we have aspired but failed to keep up with the Jones’s, or more precisely, the Bousquets. But this year will be different…

A Place in the Sun : Home or Away

We managed to escape the brunt of the current credit crunch with help from the show Place in the Sun: Home or Away (Northern Ireland v. France) on Channel 4. We are Stephen Kerlin, an electrician from Derry, Northern Ireland and Christina See, a translator from High Wycombe, England and we now run Chambres d’hotes (B&B) in Mazamet in the Southern Tarn.

Horses in the Quercy

Moving house, they say, is the third most stressful thing after death and divorce, I disagree, moving one’s beloved horses to a foreign country far eclipses merely moving some sticks of furniture and a load of boxes from one house to another.
We moved from Scotland to France in October 2003, we drove out two 4×4’s pulling heavily burdened trailers…

Low Priced Properties in the Lot and Quercy

Although the property market in France is quieter than usual, some agents are suggesting this is actually a good time to buy. There is a huge range of choice available and many sellers are willing to negotiate on price which can more than offset any recent changes in the exchange rate. The current slow down is not likely to last forever and once things pick up again prices can only increase.

Bastides & Gaillac Property Guide

This area is called the “Golden Triangle” by the estate agents as it forms a triangle between Albi, Gaillac and Cordes-sur-Ciel, which is a stunning hill top bastide town.