South-east Vendee property: a town-by-town guide

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

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Property guide to Pays de la Loire

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

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Francis I exhibition at Château de Blois

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

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Settling into French life

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.

A wet and wild weekend in Nantes

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’.

Thermal spa break booked?

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).

Running a B&B and Indian restaurant in Mayenne

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..

Pays de la Loire business venues

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.

Loire chicken in Parma ham

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.

Succulent scallops cooked in the Loire

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.

Delicious soup from the Loire

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.

The famous Loire Valley wines

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…

It Pays to live in the 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.

Social and voluntary groups in the Loire

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.

English listening service in France

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.

Cricket in the Pays de la Loire

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.

Helping expats since 1991

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…

English-speaking notaries in the Loire

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. …

Renovation projects in France

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.

Loire Property Guide

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…