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

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Running a Gîte in France Welcome to our comprehensive guide to running a gîte business is France. Gîtes in France have come a long way from their humble beginnings as rustic shelters. They range from charming converted farm outbuildings to

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Maison Secondaire

Maison Secondaire Welcome to our comprehensive guide to Owning and Buying a Second Home in France. A complete on-line resource for information for those who have, or are thinking about buying, a Second Home in France. The French climate, food,

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The Tax Implications of Renting out a French Property

For French residents looking to generate income from renting out gites or other investment property there are a number of different French income tax regimes applying to rented property which determine the amount of net income you will actually be

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Your Guide to French Mortgages – Part 3

Buying a property in France can be a very daunting process. We hope that the first two parts of our French mortgage guide have given you a good idea of what to expect when arranging financing on your purchase.

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Adding Value to Your Gîte or B&B

Running a gîte business or B&B is a popular way for English speakers to make a living in France, so if you want to stand out from the competition or are planning to put up your prices, it pays to see how some others are adding value – with minimum outlay.

Getting the most from your broadband

To get the most out of your broadband service, it helps to know how to troubleshoot problems and get repairs completed quickly. Set out below are two areas where a little knowledge can make a big difference to your enjoyment of your broadband service.

Motorcyling in the Quercy

Like a good many of us who plunge straight into moving lock, stock and barrel to France, never having had a holiday home here, we underestimated the challenge of living in a foreign country…

3 – Phase Electricity Supplies

For a domestic dwelling the standing charges by EDF for a 3-phase supply can be higher than that of single phase, but where there is a large load requirement it is often the only practical solution.

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 …

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…

September Ramblings from a Quercy Garden

Has summer finally arrived? September may be a bit late, but the sunshine is more than welcome. Peace is settling back on the Lot, the main bulk of the summer visitors have gone, and the traffic has become a bit saner. Time to look hard at the woodpile in readiness for chilly evenings to come…

Stir Fried Beef with French Beans and Chard

This is a recipe I devised years ago as an antidote to the excesses of the festive season. It’s delicious, filling, full of nutritious vegetables and gratifyingly low in calories…

Why not a gite complex…

Image not found.A former owner of a gîte complex writes about the day-to-day complexities and realities of running a holiday rental business in France…

Our house restoration

We started to look for houses in Brittany when our kids were quite small but never really had the time or finances to follow this up. In February 2001, after …