Your essential guide to facilities in towns to be found north of the Loire and east of Angers. You can find details on bars, restaurants, chemists, banks, supermarkets, broadband, English-language cinema, distance to the ports and much more.
This beautiful part of France is home to some of the most spectacular properties in Europe, but you can also pick up a bargain. Its proximity to the Channel ports and Paris also make Sarthe an ideal location.
Extensive details of Fontenay le Comte and surrounding area The south-east Vendee has been a popular destination for house-hunters for many years. The climate, excellent transport links and affordable property make the area ideal for those dreaming of a new…
Pays de la Loire is one of the favourite spots for property in France Named after the majestic river that flows through the region and renowned for it’s famous Fairy Tale Châteaux, vineyards that garnish the valleys and unspoilt sandy beaches on…
Loire Valley gîte for friends or families One of three gîtes on a lovely site in the Loire Valley, Le Pluvier is an 18th-century house that has kept all of its traditional style and character. Looking at the outside architecture…
This rural department of Pays de la Loire is characterised by wide open fields providing ample room for cattle to graze. Some poor cows live indoors all year round. Not here, where the beef is top notch.
This year, France is celebrating the 500th anniversary of both the accession of King Francis I and the the Battle of Marignano. Several events, such as major exhibitions, will be taking place, one of the most notable at Château Royal…
Well-known as ‘the garden of France’, Pays de la Loire is the place for fresh produce. But with its rivers and coastal edge, there’s also plenty of fishy business going on. Justin Postlethwaite browses the menu…
Working as a property finder, people often ask Jacqueline how easy it is to settle into French life. She finds inspiration in Lynn, who took to her new life in France like a duck to water.
Each summer the city of Nantes invites artists and designers to participate in an urban art trail, Le Voyage à Nantes.
Comedian Ian Moore lives in the Loire with his half-French wife and has written a book all about his experiences, À La Mod: My So-Called Tranquil Family Life in Rural France.
If Nantes is known for one thing nowadays, it’s the giant mechanical elephant that that since 2007 has roamed the old shipyard on one of its remaining islands. Previously, the same city was better known as ‘the Venice of the West’.
Not everyone knows what it’s like to make travel arrangements for people with physical or mental disabilities. Box-On-Line is trying to help make travel preparation easier for members of France Parkinson Le MANS (Sarthe).
In 2008, Yasmeen and Jonathan Moore set up a gîte complex in the Mayenne with a restaurant for guests. Due to the popularity of the restaurant and also due to the pleading from local British people they decided to open the restaurant to non-residents on Friday evenings for curry nights. Here’s their story..
Image not found.The Pays de la Loire has several excellent places to choose from when deciding where to hold your event, meeting, conference, or seminar. From elegant chateaux to state-of-the-art conference centres, you’ll be able to find the perfect choice for your business needs.
Gorron is an attractive market town in northern France with a large and active English-speaking expat community.
With a population of around 3000, the area is well served by a large, …
The stunning Loire Valley is known as the Valley of the Kings and is home to the most beautiful chateaux in France.
However, you may not need a King’s Ransom to acquire a property in this beautiful region.
Image not found.Information on western France’s population, economy, education, quality of life, work ethic and much more.
The Mayenne Department (county) offers some of the most attractive properties in France at prices often well below the national average. From renovation projects at under €30,000 to the cheapest chateaux in the country, you’ll find them all here.
Sitting on a small street not far from the massive Angers Chateau, the English-Language Library in Angers (ELLIA) holds a special position …
A delicious salmon dish prepared for you by the top chefs at the Walnut Grove cookery school.
Enjoy this recipe, made with ingredients sourced from this bountiful region.
You can find a mouthwatering selection of seafood throughout the Pays de la Loire.
Two of the finest chefs in the region share their recipe for a dish ideal as either a starter or a special lunch treat. Enjoy.
This is a great soup any time of year. It also makes a good starter served with baby poppadoms or curried croutons. If you would like it to be spicier, then simply add more spices at the appropriate stage.
This dish is a lovely winter warmer and extremely easy and quick to prepare.
As a summer dish, the addition of a crisp green salad would be an ideal accompaniment.
Nowhere in the world can match the variety and quality of the Loire Valley’s white, red, rose, sparkling, sweet, and dry wines. You can taste wines of every colour and flavour, with unforgettable fragrances that reflect the region’s unique soil…
Your guide to events, sporting competitions, festivals, concerts, plays, and conventions in the Pays de la Loire.
It was the summer of 2005.
My husband, Tony, and I were somewhat disillusioned with England and wanted very much to do something different with our lives.
We also still had a mortgage and were approaching the dreaded middle age.
If you’re newly settling into the Pays de la Loire, chances are that you’re going to want to meet people, make some friends, or just get out of the house for a while. There are a variety of different organisations for you to check out, all with different aspects and objectives.
SOS Help is a listening service for English speakers in France. Whatever the problem, they are there to take your call every day from 3pm to 11pm. Your call is confidential, you remain anonymous and listeners are non-judgmental.
IF you’re stumped for ideas on getting fit this summer, why not give cricket a try? You might even bump into Mick Jagger. The sound of willow on leather may be more associated with an English village green, but you can also play right here in the Pays de la Loire.
Moving to France has become a dream come true for increasing numbers of new arrivals to the Pays de la Loire. However, there are also challenges to face. Fortunately, an organisation has existed since 1991 that has helped new foreign residents…
What does a notaire do?
Anyone buying in the Pays de la Loire will immediately come across the local notaire.
This is the person responsible for arranging the legal formalities of your property purchase or sale. …
Renovating a house in the Pays de la Loire, from building methods to products used, can often be very different from renovating in the UK. However, a few things, like delays, seem to be universal to builders everywhere.
Taking its name from the 800-mile long river that runs through it, the Pays de la Loire covers a diverse region.
The Loire-Atlantique and Vendee have lovely harbours and sandy beaches, while inland, the Loire valley has beautiful rolling countryside, fairytale chateaux, and vineyards producing some of the best wines anywhere. The Loire is a thriving region…