From neglected shell to quirky seaside retreat – renovating a property in France, part one

From neglected shell to quirky seaside retreat – renovating a property in France, part one

When I moved to Normandy in 2017, I had little intention of embarking on a renovation project. Having left a stressful job behind, my aim was to kick back and relax for a while, before easing my way into paid employment. But when I set eyes on a neglected fisherman’s house for sale in one of the prettiest villages in France, I knew I had to have her. This is my story of how I gave this sad old lady with spectacular views a new lease of life. 
Finding your perfect home in the Charente

Finding your perfect home in the Charente

Nestled in South West France lies the department of Charente. Boasting fantastic weather and countryside, it also offers great value for money when property searching. Whether you’re looking for a bustling and lively or more rural pace of life this diverse area has loads to offer. But how to decide where to live in the Charente?
What does the price of an average UK home buy you in France?

What does the price of an average UK home buy you in France?

The average UK home costs around £230,000 – and for that, you’ll often get a semi-detached, suburban house with a small garden. If you sold that average home, however, and moved to France, you could find yourself the happy owner of a beautiful detached home, with a spacious garden, perhaps some period features and as many six bedrooms! Here’s our round-up of French houses for €250,000.
Why the Côte d’Azur may be just the place for you!

Why the Côte d’Azur may be just the place for you!

The very words “Côte d’Azur” conjure up an image of glamour and prosperity in one’s mind, from the Cannes film festival to the luxurious villas of Menton and Nice (not to mention the endless sunshine and delicious cuisine). However, it’s not all as pricey as you might think – join us as we take a property tour of the French Riviera.
Settling in and making friends in France

Settling in and making friends in France

You’re all ready to take the plunge. You’ve decided to change your life and your lifestyle. You’ve done the due diligence around practicalities of moving to France but that final nagging doubt suddenly creeps in: How will I cope away from friends and family? How do I go about making friends in France? Here are some tips to help.

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