My husband and I moved lock stock and barrel to France over nine years ago now: my, how time flies. We are so glad that we made France our home. In a nutshell, it is a far more relaxing lifestyle, there is more space, less traffic, a lovelier climate and we have quite simply never looked back. Here I look at some of my favourite things to do, places to see and events to go to down here in the Occitanie region of the south of France.
Anglo-Dutch couple the van Hartens have ditched the rat race in the UK for the more relaxed pace of life, sunnier weather and affordable property of southwest France. Mrs van Harten describes the move as ‘the most relaxed move I’ve ever made’ – we caught with her to find out her top tips for a smooth relocation, and to hear how she and her husband are enjoying their new life.
It’s always an exciting time planning your viewing trip to France. The key to making it profitable and successful is in planning ahead so that you get to see as many properties as possible whilst giving yourself time for some rest, relaxation and sunshine! Here are my top tips for making your trip a success – and finding your dream home!
Have you ever driven past a picturesque abandoned property, perhaps an old farmhouse or cottage, and imagined how you could breathe new life into it? We spoke to someone doing just that. Karen, originally from the UK, has bought a spacious rural property in the stunning Charente, and is renovating it into a family home. We caught up with her to find out how it’s going.
Your French estate agent’s one of the key players in making your dream of a home here a reality – a good one will make your search shorter, more targeted and help out with all the surrounding bureaucracy that the French love. So, once you’ve found your perfect agent immobilier, how can you get the most out of them?