Buying Hotspots – SAUMUR

WHERE TO BUY IN FRANCE NOW!
The FrenchEntrée Property Services team reveal their top areas in which to begin your property search – including tips from our local partner agencies

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A property guide to Normandy

Thinking of buying a property in Normandy? This article is an introductory guide to the region covering climate, landscape, access, property styles and prices. Start your search today!

Photo: Véronique PAGNIER

A Traditional Christmas in Provence

In Provence, on Christmas Eve the family gathers for the traditional Christmas meal known as le Gros Souper (the big supper). This meal begins with seven meatless dishes, ending with the ritual number of 13 desserts…

Hulotte in France Photo ©Aigledayres

Living in harmony with wildlife in France

One of the many reasons given for moving to France is the beautiful countryside and abundant wildlife. Long-term Limousin resident Kathleen shares some tips on living peacefully alongside wildlife in France.

So what do you do when you find an owl in the bathroom?……….

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10 Reasons not to move to France

The motivations to move to France get enough publicity. Let’s explore the reasons why the dream might turn sour. More often than not there is a combination of multiple factors rather than one big reason.

Photo Dordogne Perigord Tourisme

Market day in the Dordogne

Market day is important in rural Dordogne – an opportunity to buy fresh food from local producers and catch up on news from friends and neighbours in the area. If you are used to supermarket fruits and vegetables, be prepared to change your shopping habits forever.

Kerguelen farmhouse in Brittany

Getting Comfy in Brittany

Kerguelen, a cosy, 19th century granite stone farmhouse, sits on the Breton coast, in walking distance of one of the many sandy beaches of the region. Ideally situated and easy to get to, thanks to the harbour town of Roscoff

Log cabin in France representing a eco-friendly property

Log Cabins, Chalets and Eco-friendly Property in France

Our growing awareness of the impact we have on our environment has led to a growing interest in eco-buildings as full-time residences. Wood is a sustainable resource and careful husbandry will allow these products to be available long after the plastic, fossil fuel created windows and doors become uneconomical.

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Driving in France – an introduction

Before setting off onto the French roads, it is vital to acquaint yourself with some basic principals concerning driving in France as well as the road network and administrative requirements relating to driving licences.

Book extract: A French romance

Can the English be as romantic as the French? Author Julia Stagg shares a delicious tale of French romance in the mountain village of Fogas, where the characters already feel like family.

The best gardens and parks of Paris

At times we all need to escape the frenetic pace of city life, and luckily France’s capital has no end of green spaces. Read on to discover Florence Derrick’s top three parks in which to steal a breath of fresh air in Paris.

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The joys of hiking in France

A combination of one too many pains au chocolat and a desire to explore the countryside around Aix en Provence led me to agree to join a superb group of hardy walkers based out of Aix called the International Hiking

Aix-en-Provence

The timeless beauty of Aix-en-Provence

The approach to the town never fails to stir. As you descend into the gentle valley in which this ancient regional capital lies, you sense that something special awaits, the sentinel presence of Mont St Victoire, which looms up over

Annoix, memories of a French exchange

English heart, French soul… Linda Welch pens her memories of a French exchange in the Cher, where she first discovered her love for France.  Annoix is so much more than its entry in Wikipedia, ‘A commune in the Cher department in

We run a gite business in Provence

David and Karen Taylor live in Saint Saturnin Les Apt in Provence, where they run a gite business and are lucky enough to have their own olive grove. Here they speak to FrenchEntrée about why they left the UK to start afresh in France.

owners Luleen and Frederic Wanklyn

We Share Our Home with Paying Guests

Luleen and Frederic Wanklyn have been living in the Tarn near a village called Lombers (between Albi and Castres) since 2005. They run a chambres d’hôtes for Wolsey Lodges. Luleen talks about the home she shares with paying guests.

Discover the dream-like Alpilles villages

The Alpilles never cease to enthrall, no matter how many times you navigate the meandering little roads that connect the dreamlike unspoilt villages scattered throughout this protected nature reserve.

“Our first place cost us €50,000”

Australians Sharon and David Stratford fell in love with France on their first visit to the country in 1995. The Stratfords have since gone on to purchase three properties in France and now help other Australians through the French property purchasing process.

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 from brocantes

When Victoria Burton moved to France, she soon realised that her modern flat pack furniture would not look so at home in the granite house she had bought in Normandy. But how to achieve château chic on a budget?

Properties to Suit All Budgets in Southern Burgundy

A guest blog from our property finder in Burgundy, Laura Murat What does the Charollais/Brionnais area have to offer? Something for everyone with properties for all budgets: [slideshow] 1. For those looking for a renovation project, this Brionnais farmhouse near La Clayette could be

French Property South of the River Loire

This month, Alison Morton, our Property Finder for the Loire area, provides us with a guest post on French properties south of the river… Think Loire Valley, think River Loire? Not necessarily. Away from the river itself lies some of

Artists open gallery in Dordogne château

Mike Snow (a painter) and Timothy White (a photographer) moved from the US and opened an art gallery within a château in the Dordogne. In between workshops at their base in Saussignac, Mike sat down to take FrenchEntrée through their journey…

The music of Sarlat

Sophie Read performs as one half of Paris-Londres – the musical duo that performs in front of the cathedral in Sarlat. Fifteen years ago, Sophie completed her masters at Sussex University and moved to Paris on a whim… Read on to find out how she came to be en Dordogne.

Bringing British clothes to Bergerac

Stephen Spencer lives with his partner Valerie Faure near Bergerac (Dordogne) and less than six months after his arrival, he opened a shop, So British, in Bergerac’s old town. But prior to that, he had been more used to selling properties than clothes.

When renovators become residents

Val Walmsley tells the story of how she snapped up a renovation project as a second home. But once work had begun to transform the two C18 farmhouses (one habitable, the other in a sorry state) she couldn’t bear to leave and soon persuaded her other half to make France their permanent place of residence

Who Wouldn’t Want to Retire Here?

The joys of life in South West France are known to millions of regular visitors. The region boasts such scope, such diversity of topography – from the Biarritz beaches to the rolling hills of Périgord and the inviting peaks of