Reasons to Be Cheerful in Deux-sèvres

A guest post from Val Walmsley, who is the FrenchEntrée Property Finder for Vendée and Deux-Sèvres It seems like every news bulletin you come across at the moment is all about cutbacks and inflation. Articles from the other side of

Designing jewellery in the Languedoc

Seven years ago, Gee Backhouse gave up her job in computing and moved from the Cotswolds to the Minervois where she set up as a jewellery designer. Here, Gee tells how she and her husband realised their dream of settling in France…

A culinary journey in Languedoc-Roussillon

Languedoc-Roussillon is a real culinary crossroads. From Catalan cuisine to the specialities of the Cévennes, there’s a wide array of choices on offer. Travel agency Océanides Réceptif has sought out the best local restaurants and chosen hotels and B&Bs where gastronomic cuisine is a priority.

New Septic Tank Rules for French Property

A new regime for septic tanks came into effect on January 1st of this year, which has brought a new concern for sellers of Dordogne property. At the time the preliminary contract is signed, the seller is now required to produce a certificate of compliance in relation to any septic tank arrangements.

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…

We opened a hotel in the Pyrénées

In July 2006, Roger Bruton, his wife Gillian and their extended family, swapped Stockport (Cheshire) for a new life in France. They settled in the Pyrénées, where they set up a small hotel. Roger tells FrenchEntrée their story…

Holiday home to permanent home

Charlie and Jules Thackway bought a property in the Dordogne with the intention of using it for holidays. However, the couple found that “the more time we spent here the harder it was to leave…”

An entrepreneur in Cannes

Mairead Molloy was living in Ireland when she decided to sell up, move to Cannes and open a hotel. That was in 2000. Mairead is still in the south of France but she’s got a new project now, an introduction agency for cash rich but time poor individuals. From buying abroad to establishing a business in France, Mairead tells it like it is.

Alpine Property for the Summer

Who says that France’s ski resorts are just for skiing? There are plenty which attract tourists all year round, with the chance to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities (no snow required!) in beautiful surroundings. As a result, they provide

Green France

France’s Ecological Policies

Since coming to power in 2007, Sarkozy has highlighted the importance of France’s ecological position in Europe and the world. Sarkozy has often been quoted saying that he wants France to be a leader in its environmental policies with a “green revolution” in France…

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..

From Nice to Mougins – Part 3

A Recreational Tour of the Riviera By Justin Postlethwaite, Editor Part Three – Into the Country For part trois of my Riviera triple bill, a twenty-minute drive takes me past Antibes (delightful, historic, arty) and Cannes (obviously plush on the

village in the lot

Buying A Dream House in the Lot et Garonne

My love affair with France began nearly 20 years ago, when I was 18 years old. I was drawn to France, why – I don’t know. I had never been to France, never experience the French culture or food; I just knew I wanted to be there someday. I used to dream and believe by the time I was 35, I would live 6 months in Australia and 6 months in France…

Buying a Property in Normandy on a Whim

Warning! Buying a house just because you fall in love with it and changing countries without a second glance, or buying a gorgeous 2CV van without seeing it in the tin, can seriously affect your life…

Provence Bastide

Provence – Thinking of Buying?

Buying a house in France is a big step to take. Beryl Brennan discusses the different types of properties and important points to consider before you sign on the dotted line.

Barn conversion

Diary of a Corrèze Conversion – Part 2

Like many of us Sam Parry and her family fell in love with The Limousin on holiday and decided to make it their home. They are currently renovating and plan to set up a cycling holiday business once the work is completed. They has agreed to keep a diary of progress. Conversion Part 2…

Dordogne Bridge

Is Dordogne France’s safe haven?

Global economic slowdown, inflation, exchange rate misery, failing investments… they are everywhere you look in today’s world. Yet in this tranquil corner of SW France the reverberations of these things seem less important. The region still offers the same great reasons for buying that it always has…

Having a Baby in Limousin

Well you have made the big move to Limousin, just starting to feel settled and then you find out you are expecting a baby. No one would be surprised if your first reaction is “I want to go home.” Don’t panic help is at hand..

Property Bargains in the Lot and Quercy

The recent dramatic shift in the GB pound to euro exchange rate has contributed to a slowing of the French property market. The shift in the rate from around 1.45 to 1.25 has effectively reduced the purchasing power of the pound by about 15%. In response to this shift we are seeing increasing numbers of properties with reductions in the asking price.

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.

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Languedoc Property Buyers Questions

At FrenchEntrée Languedoc-Roussillon we often get emails or phone calls from prospective property hunters looking for information about buying and selling property in the region. Here we take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions and get feedback from the agents who we work with.

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…

Loire

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…

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Life in the Côte D’or

Coral Luke talks about why she decided to retire to Burgundy with her husband. Some regions, she said, felt “inundated with British people and what we didn’t want was to move to Britain with the sun”.

Making your French life a success

For some, the dream of a new life in France doesn’t work out. For others it is hugely successful. How do you make sure you fall into the latter category? We take a look at the common problems cited by those who give up on French life.

Burgundy Living

“Patricia in front of her house”FrenchEntrée Burgundy talks to Patricia Ballard about her recent move to Burgundy …

Houses to rent in Bugundy

Renting in Burgundy

Before making a life changing decision, such as moving to Burgundy, have you thought about ‘testing the waters’ and finding a property to rent? Or, if you know your heart …

How to save Energy in Your French House

Image not found.With the cost of energy – and especially fuel – rising and with many people concerned about doing their bit for the environment, we asked Lee Coleman, the distributor in France for renewable energy company Navitron, what the options are for cutting heating and electricity bills

Bastides & Gaillac Property Guide

This area is called the “Golden Triangle” by the estate agents as it forms a triangle between Albi, Gaillac and Cordes-sur-Ciel, which is a stunning hill top bastide town.

Moving to the Lot and Quercy? €500k Budget?

The recent currency exchange rate fluctuations have reduced the buying power of people moving from the UK to France. But French property is still outstanding value compared to the UK. Sell your detached four-bedroom house in Sussex for £425,000 and see what you could buy in the Lot and Quercy region of southwest France…

Normandy sea scape

Why we chose…Normandy

Image not found.How did 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…June and Robert from West Sussex

Barn Renovation in the Lot

Image not found.Leslee Carsewell, originally from the East Coast of the US fell in love with France at an early age and dreamt of one day having a house there. Here she tells the story of her barn purchase and renovation.

Room with a View

Jamie and Ali Stickler moved to their farm in the Aveyron, in 2004. After years of major work on the property, their very special gîtes are now ready to rent. Here’s Jamie’s account of their life in France, the ethos behind the decoration of the gîtes, and their farm, which produces organic beef.

Razes

Razes Property

Information about property in the “Razes” – a much sought-after area with pretty villages and endless rolling vineyards northwest of Limoux.

Apartment to let in france

Buy to Let in France

The same basic principles apply to buy to let in France as they do in other countries such as the United States, Ireland and Britain. Before you purchase a property you need to make sure it’s in the right region,