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

Truffle Omelette

This is a classic recipe, extremely simple and perfect for supper on the day you manage to buy – or find – your first fresh truffle. Truffles have a pungent aroma that permeates the eggs beautifully.

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

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Black truffles from the Languedoc

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.

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.

My Life as an Artisan in France

After 10 years spent living and working in London as a painter and decorator, Giles Stonor moved to France and established himself as an artisan. Amongst his biggest projects was the restoration of a Chartreuse in the Dordogne. Here Giles tells FrenchEntrée his story.

Working up an Appetite

Louise Molloy travelled to France from Australia to seek a retreat for artists and writers suitable for vegetarians. She discovered tranquility, time and space in a productive environment at Atelier de la Rose.

Advice for those taking the plunge…

Get married in France? Isn’t that difficult, people will ask, mindful of French bureaucracy? Well, I got married myself here eight years ago, I have just organised my stepdaughter’s – much bigger – wedding and I have helped various friends with the paperwork in the intervening years. So here’s how to do it! I am writing this from the point of view of British nationals, though I believe it will equally apply to other nationalities…

Blackbird Fly

Lise McClendon tells us about her novel set in Dordogne… “Several years ago, besotted by the sunshine-and-grape-dream during a long winter in the American Rocky Mountains, I conjured up an idea for a novel…”

Running a Bed and Breakfast in France

Mark and Fiona Vallance have been running their thriving Bed and Breakfast business in the Lot Valley for the last three years. We caught up with them recently as they were planning a new business venture and they gave us an update on their experiences of running a B&B in France…

Cahors Restaurants, Bistros and Bars

The medieval city of Cahors has a wide variaty of delightful eating place from the grand (and expensive) for that special occasion through to the simple Bistro that will provide a substantial lunch for under €10 per person. The listings are grouped by type of restaurant from Gastronomique to Pizzerias…

New House Build in France – The Final Part

Stephen Leitch concludes his cautionary tale of getting a new house built in the Lot. Having waited over a year to get started on the building, the actual construction of the house goes quite smoothly and is actually completed ahead of schedule. Ready to move into? Well not quite, as EDF haven’t yet connected the electricity…

French Destination Property Maintenance Services

Image not found.If you own a property in the Lot or Correze then we may be able to help you. Our aim is to give our customers help and peace of mind with all their property care needs. House cleaning, garden care and landscaping, swimming pool maintenance, holiday changeovers, and key holding are just some of our services…

Car Insurance in France

Lot resident Martin Gilliam was recently involved in a car accident which resulted in him discovering what his French car insurance really covered – and what it didn’t! A valuable lesson for everyone who thinks “Tous Risques” covers everything…

Starting a Business in France

Image not found.In 2004, Niall and Karri Carroll decided to give up their house, car and well-paid jobs in Dublin and head south for new adventures in France. In the second of two articles they talk about bank accounts, car registration and starting a new business…

Quercy Beef and Bean Casserole

Every region of France has it’s own classic stew or casserole. The most famous, and certainly the most abused beef stew must be Boeuf Bourguignon, closely followed now by the increasingly popular Provencal Daube…

Building a House in the South of France

Image not found.Bill and Rosalind spent 3 years trying to find their dream home in France. They couldn’t find what they wanted and decided to build their own. In the first of a series of articles they describe finding their perfect plot and why they ended up much further south than they first expected…

Dordogne wines – treasures to discover

“Autumn, Château Belingard”You may know that the countryside round Bergerac produces wine, but did you know that there are thirteen appellations contrôlées in the region? Here’s a brief guide to them…

House, Garden and Pool Cleaning – Cahors

Image not found.Providing a range of services in the Cahors area ranging from housekeeping, house cleaning services, pool maintenance, garden care & grounds maintenance, to dressing your property for sale. Carroll Property Services caring for your Home away from Home

Truffles recipe of the Languedoc

“Uzès Truffles”Here is a guide to truffles in the Languedoc and Provence regions – some history, and some advice about buying truffles, about preparing them and some simple authentic truffle recipes from the region. Delicious!For those who believe that the truffle only grows in the Périgord, think again. The black truffle is also cultivated in Provence and the Languedoc.

Cahors Red Wine

The vineyards of Cahors have twenty centuries of history behind them: the Renaissance poet Clement Marot, Pope John XXII, Francois I and Henry IV have all been its ambassadors…

A Home in the Lot

Peter and Zoe Scott decided to make their home in Mondounet, near Montcuq in the Lot valley. Fifteen years on, they look back on the choice as one of the best decisions they ever made

Independent Local Radio in the Lot

Did you know that the Lot has its own, English speaking, local radio station? Part of the Antenne d’Oc network, Britdock is broadcast live every Thursday afternoon from 4 till 7pm. One of the founders and veteran of five years broadcasting, Mike Gardiner takes up the story…

Quercy Fig Compote

Figs can be used in a variety of ways; they are quite delicious served fresh for breakfast with a thick yoghurt or crème fraiche. They are equally delicious poached with sugar and lemon juice and served in the same way. But I like them best when …

Homemade Pork and Walnut Pâté

There are as many deliciously different Pâtés in France as there are households to make them. Pâté Maison is a traditional family staple. The recipe varies enormously from region to region and everyone has their own version…

The Secret of our Success in France

Kevin Lowe & Sandra Milne left their home in Leicester in 2001 and set off in search of adventure and a new life in France, with only a vague idea of where they were going or what they were going to do when they got there…

We Bought a Vineyard

Mike and Sue Spring came to live in France in 1994 when they bought a small vineyard (Domaine du Garinet) in the village of Le Boulvé of some 200 inhabitants in the département of the Lot. This is their story…

Domaine du Garinet Cahors Wine

Mike and Sue Spring came to live in France in 1994 when they bought a small vineyard (Domaine du Garinet) in the village of Le Boulvé of some 200 inhabitants in the département of the Lot. This is their story…

Roast Goose with Agen Prunes and Armagnac

This is a classic winter dish in southwestern France. Try to buy your goose from a farm or a boucherie that advertises local birds. In the run up to Christmas you will find one easily in the markets…

The Classic Salad of the Quercy

Everyone’s heard of Salade Niçoise, it’s eaten at a million tables all over the world every summer. However if you come a little inland you’ll find another regional speciality just waiting to be discovered…

Regional Products of the Lot

The Lot region hides a wealth of treasures just waiting to be discovered. The relaxed and pleasant lifestyle works like a charm on visitors, and has induced many to settle here. Part of the attraction…

The black wine of Cahors

Why black? Principally because it is almost black, just hold a bottle up to the light and you’ll see into its deliciously inky depths. Cahors red wines are reputedly the darkest in the world; they are also some of the strongest and richest and will keep for years…