What is your local Mairie and why is it important?

What is your local Mairie and why is it important?

In the UK, you may have little idea about what happens in your town hall, the purpose it serves and what to use it for. However, in France the town hall or ‘Mairie’ can be one of your first ports of call. Often the centre of town or village life in France, there are usually countless reasons to visit your local Mairie.  Our writer in France, Beth, explains what it’s used for and why it can be extremely helpful when settling in.
5 fabulous Dordogne villages with a buzz

5 fabulous Dordogne villages with a buzz

The Dordogne has long been one of the most popular areas of France for British people (and others!) to visit and move to. Brimming with history, with utterly beautiful countryside and chocolate box villages, it’s easy to get to from the UK, offers fantastic local food and wine, and excellent value for property. Let me introduce you to some beautiful Dordogne villages for property buyers.
Why I love living in France “off season”

Why I love living in France “off season”

While many of us are waiting for the springtime to head off for a viewing trip to France, some of those who have already made the break are going to miss the winter months. British resident in France Penny Osborne is one. Penny explains why she loves living in France off-season, among her welcoming, warm-hearted French community.  
How to rent out your French property

How to rent out your French property

With France the most popular country in the world for holidays, there is always great demand for vacation lets. So if your place will be laying empty for a while, why not make some money from it? Here are a few things you need to know if you are planning to rent out your French property. 
Why France remains top for lifestyle

Why France remains top for lifestyle

Sometimes it’s easy to forget, when you’re busy researching Brexit rules or running around trying to organise estate agents and viewing trips, exactly why France is regarded by all right-thinking people as the nicest place in the world to live. So we thought we’d give you a quick reminder!
How to make a little money on your French home

How to make a little money on your French home

The rental market in France was very buoyant until Covid struck, and will be again by mid-2021, hopefully. If you’re considering buying a second home you can let out when you’re not in residence, or perhaps you’re moving permanently and you’re looking for a property that comes with a gîte, now is a great time to start planning.

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