WIN a week’s stay for two in Charente worth €700

In partnership with online rental specialist French Connections, we are offering you the chance to win a holiday for two at Le Raby – Le Pressoir. With a heated swimming pool and stunning views, this charming gîte a stone’s throw

Confolens in Charente

Property guide to the Charente

Thinking of buying a property in Poitou-Charentes? This article is an introductory guide to the area covering climate, landscape, attractions, access, property styles and prices.

The origins of Cognac

Located on the banks of the Charente, Cognac has a history as rich as its famous drink’s flavour. The area has been inhabited since the Prehistoric era and, even if their origins remain a mystery, there are still relics from

Working in France

If you want to get a paid job in France, get a head start with our guide to the employment situation, from the different workplace customs to contracts and wages

L'Hermione leaves Rochefort

The Hermione sets sail in Charente

On Sunday the 7th September 2014 under the scorching sun of an Indian Summer an estimated 50,000 people gathered in Rochefort on the banks of the River Charente. The long anticipated event that drew them there was the departure of

How snails are bred in France

Snails are such a French-associated speciality, and are often ordered from menus by tourists due to the novelty factor. The French eat them because they can be very tasty and satisfying, but where do they actually come from?

Well, snails that are eaten in France are not all gathered from the wild…

My dress agency in Poitou-Charentes

In the three years since Terry Warren opened Je Ne Sais Quoi in La Rochefoucauld, she has seen everything from old knickers to vintage Chanel come through the doors of her dress agency. FrenchEntrée asks her how she – and her two teenage children – came to be in the Charente and what she hopes to achieve with the business.

Charente life – time to sniff the flowers

A guest blog from Graham Downie, our Property Finder in Cognac Some of you may know that in my former life I was lucky enough to have two jobs simultaneously. First as Group Marketing Director and secondly as the Director in Charge of Chesterton’s head

Looking to Furnish Your French Home?

Furniture for France is now into its twelfth year of supplying quality furniture to properties in France. Furnishing your Limousin home can be something of a challenge as it is not easy to find classic and contemporary designs of good quality at the right price.

Currency fluctuations and me

Image not found.My husband Ron and I moved to France over 10 years ago. We live in the Charente where there is less traffic, better weather and the local people are friendly. However, with the exchange rate being really bad, our lifestyle has been affected by the weak pound.

How will your children cope?

Perhaps the biggest concern for any family moving to the Limousin is how easily their children will settle here and the quality of the education they will receive. We met up with one family who came to live in the Limousin and have very much made it their home.

Join a sports group near you

If you miss the opportunity to play cricket or are just looking to make some new friends, expats around the country have set up clubs to help make sure you are enjoying life in France.

Inspirational cookery courses

Fed up with preparing the same old meals? How about spending a day with a professional cook and food writer? Beryl Brennan spent a day with Mary Cadogan, ex Food Director of the BBC Good Food Guide, getting some tips on vegetarian cookery.

Red, white or vegetarian sir?

We all know that wine is made from grapes not meat. So what is vegetarian wine? Well – some wines are not suitable for vegetarians due to the use of animal products during production.

Cerisiers' pool

Successful Gîte Rentals

Jim and Gail moved to the Charente-Maritimes in April 2003. Usual story; they wanted to get out of the rat race in South-East England, and bought a property with a tumble-down wreck attached. But now the wreck is a beautiful gîte, and the couple have discovered the recipe for success with holiday lettings…

Why I chose… gîtes in Deux-Sèvres

Image not found.How do you find your French house? Why did you choose it? And what lessons have you learnt? Each month FrenchEntrée asks a homeowner to explain their choice of property in France. This month we talk to…….Graeme and Graziella Swan

Cognac

Buying in the Poitou-Charentes

Following my last article on the healthy state of the “French property market” I thought it would be useful to highlight the five most common mistakes UK purchasers make when looking for their dream home in the Poitou-Charentes.

Mark Selwood Chateaux

A Week in the Life Of…. An Hotel Owner

Designer and TV presenter Mark Selwood and his wife Nicky, Business Director and former fashion executive at TopShop, bought Chateau de la Couronne in Marthon, Charente, in July 2003 for a price that was ‘under £1 million’.

Wheels in Charente

In July 2003 we began our search for a place in France. After several months of looking for a holiday cottage we changed our minds and decided to look for a permenant home …

Renovation of your Dordogne Property

There are all sorts of places to buy in the Dordogne but the classic target for British buyers has been the dilapidated old farmhouse with exposed beams and a few hectares of land, needing wholescale restoration to make it a dream home. But there are some indications that things may be changing…

Pineau des Charentes

Pineau des Charente was not made by trial and error, utilising various grape forms to produce a magnificent wine. No, legend has it, back in the 16th Century, …

All About Cognac

The English, Dutch and Scandiavians have been enjoying the wines of Poitou Charente since as early as the 13th Century. In the 16th Century the wines were transformed into …

Market Days in Poitou-Charentes

You can’t live or visit France, without experiencing the local markets and fairs, and Poitou Charentes is no exception. They are generally held in the mornings so be prepared for an early start………..

Climate: choosing the right area of France

Image not found.Before you can start looking for your place in France, be it a holiday home or a permanent residence, it’s important to narrow down your search to a particular region, or selection of regions. France is a big place, after all…