France’s Regions at a Glance

France is a vast and diverse country. All the different regions of France have different landscapes, property types, speciality food and character features.This is where your search begins… HAUTS-DE-FRANCE At the country’s northernmost tip, Hauts-de-France is the new region created


Aveyron Property Overview

The department of Aveyron has not always been known for its property appeal but it has recently become much more popular.

South-east Vendee property: a town-by-town guide

Extensive details of Fontenay le Comte and surrounding area The south-east Vendee has been a popular destination for house-hunters for many years. The climate, excellent transport links and affordable property make the area ideal for those dreaming of a new

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Equestrian property in France

France is renowned as a paradise for horses and attracts many equestrian enthusiasts who buy property in the region. But keeping horses can become daunting if you don’t choose the right property.

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How to Present Your CV in France

The French are particular about their CVs so here’s how to make sure yours looks good and reads well. Made it to the interview? Great! Read out tips to give yourself the best chance of success

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Asking directions

Need help asking for directions in French? No problem. Check out these handy French phrases.

Touring Languedoc-Roussillon in a classic car

Guy Hibbert fulfils a long-held ambition, driving a classic Italian sports car on a 36-hour road trip through Languedoc-Roussillon, leisurely taking in the area’s hugely pleasurable range of seafood, wines, mountains and medieval architecture along the way…

Autoroute in France

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.

Dijon Mustard

“There is no mustard except in Dijon”. Purist gourmands will agree that this 14th-century Lillois proverb rings just as true today, although mustard itself dates back to Roman times. Dijon mustard as we now know it didn’t appear until the


Into Darkness: Paris at War

To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, we look back at the capital’s role. Life carried on as normal for Paris and its three million citizens, right up until the outbreak of war on 2 August 1914…

Elephant in Nantes

A Wet and Wild Weekend in Nantes

If Nantes is known for one thing nowadays, it’s the giant mechanical elephant that that since 2007 has roamed the old shipyard on one of its remaining islands. Previously, the same city was better known as ‘the Venice of the West’.


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?

The Future of Property Search Is Mobile

A guest blog from our property man in Cognac, Graham Downie: Strutt & Parker seem to be getting a decent amount of press coverage today for their announcement that they will be adding QR codes to their sale boards. “Use your mobile

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Corrèze, the Millau Viaduct and the Seaside

You are probably fed up with me always telling you how wonderful the French people are, and how amazing the architecture is and how stunningly beautiful are the hamlets and villages of rural France. Well this episode is slightly different and has a uniquely British slant to it.

Weather and Climate Trends in Limousin

It is often said that the weather in Limousin is wet, that it rains constantly and the sun is a rare sight. However, those of us who live here know that this is definitely not the case. Each department of Limousin experiences different weather…

Shopping online – courses en ligne

More and more of us are turning to the Internet to save time and money in the shops, whether we’re looking to buy books, clothes or food. Here is some helpful vocabulary so you can make purchases from the comfort of your home in France.

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Education in France – FAQ

If you are moving to France, you may have many questions about how to get your child into school and how they will adapt. Jacqueline Karp has taught in French schools and put her own child through the system. Here she answers your FAQs…


A Quick Guide to Running a Gîte Business

So what’s it really like running a Gîte business in France? Well, in short – it beats working for a living! So forget what you think it’s like and give 5 minutes to reading a real life account of setting up and running gîtes in France…

Maison des Bulliats Real Life Wine Story

“Approaching retirement from our university teaching careers, we were ready for new challenges, making a product that we both enjoy – red wine! ” – British couple describe their steep learning curve since buying a vineyard in 2005…

From Nice to Mougins – Part 2

A Recreational Tour of the Riviera By Justin Postlethwaite, Editor Part Two – Cultural Interlude I rise early to clear skies and a self-imposed, packed cultural agenda. Many half-decent hotels are, like mine, within walking distance of the beach, so

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

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Here at Exclusive Healthcare, we are proud of our realistic and practical approach to healthcare insurance provision. We are always working hard to give you the best advice, offer the best products and to provide the best cover possible at


Diary of a Corrèze Conversion

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 are keeping a diary of progress. As Tim and James were making their way through slating the barn roof, our French Contractor Remy arrived to start the dalle (foundations and concrete platform) for the extension that would link the barn with our house..

The Seine Side of Life

Maria Anton has written a book Going In Seine about why and how she came to buy an apartment in Paris, and her subsequent experiences in the City of Light. Here she gives FrenchEntrée visitors a comical insight into the nature and narrative of her story…

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French Tide times, Maps

Access tidal predictions and other useful information such as times of sunrise/sunset, lunar phases and Springs and Neaps data, plus nautical maps and other information to help you prepare for crusing the French coast…

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…

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.

Reading Groups in the Lot and Quercy

We recently caught up with Nicole Killick at Books and Company in Gourdon and she told us about their popular and expanding reading groups and the Christmas social event in the shop which has the added bonus of a 5% discount on any books purchased.

Vins de Pays

Grahame Martin, Wine Writer, explains…
“Put simply, Vins de Pays wines are a step up from Vin de Table, and a step down from Vin Délimité de Qualite Supérieure, which, in turn is just…”