There are many reasons why the Languedoc-Roussillon area of the south of France is eternally popular. The very name conjures up an image of sun, blue skies, golden light, miles of sandy beaches, beautiful towns and villages, tremendous history, Mediterranean food… But it is not just an image: this area really does have it all!
With a newsletter coming out on the 75th anniversary of D Day, we couldn’t let the occasion pass without a reminder of why we love this country so much. After all, on this day 75 years ago 156,000 Britons, Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, Norwegians and men from many others joined the Free French soldiers risking their young lives to liberate France.
The skiers have gone home and the summer’s action sports fans are still saving up. So if you want to look at homes in the French Alps, this is a great time to do it. It helps that France’s mountain villages are looking so beautiful right now.
A small triangle near the centre of France is where you’ll have the best choice of affordable homes, according to notary data. In beautiful Châteauroux, Limoges and Poitiers, you’ll find the only places in France where homes sell on average for less than €150,000. We take a closer look, and point you in the right direction for your budget.
Whether due to eco-concerns or pure traveling pleasure, many property owners in France see accessibility by train, ferry or (electric) car, rather than flying, as a vital part of their property search. France is even attracting more buyers who are unwilling to fly to Spain and other Mediterranean hotspots. With many of us keen to do our bit where possible, what are the alternative modes of green travel to France?
When Haydn and Joanne Jones returned to the UK from California, they were searching for a new adventure – and found it in the form of a stunning chambre d’hôtes nestled in the sunkissed southwest of France, just minutes from one of the country’s most beautiful villages, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne. We caught up with the globe-trotting couple about their move and new life running the Chambres de CoCo.