Beth Nicholson

As a child of parents who met and lived in Greece, having a home in Crete and having studied in Grenoble France, Beth has always felt more at home in those countries than the UK. In November 2017 she moved permanently to Charente, France. Since then she has managed minor renovations on her home, established herself as an integral part of her commune and re-established her Operations consultancy in France. Through Kalitera she provides business improvement and project management services to small businesses here as well as administrative support to individuals. You can read Beth's blog here at

Articles by Beth Nicholson

How to prepare your French property for winter

One of the joys for expats relocating to France is affordable property prices. As a result, several of us now live in properties that we might have only dreamt of owning in the UK. Larger houses and areas of land contribute to wonderful new lifestyles. But with them, comes maintenance and upkeep. Never more so than in the run up to winter in France.

A french country home with skiing

Love winter sports but can’t quite afford a ski chalet in the likes of Courchevel or Meribel? Then why not choose a country home in a more affordable location, that’s just a couple hours’ drive to the slopes? Here are some options for French country homes with skiing nearby.

How to find home help in France

The nature of property prices in France allows many of us to afford bigger properties here than we perhaps could have in the UK. However sadly, the effort of upkeep required for a beautifully spacious home with land, tends to be easily underestimated. And people, for a range of different reasons, quickly find themselves seeking help in France.

Relocating to France since Brexit

Since Brexit, the process of moving to France has become more complicated. Under the 90-day rule, if you wish to stay for longer than 90-days at one time, or within a six-month period, you will need a visa. Over the next few weeks, we will cover visas in more detail but in this article, we look primarily at visas for those who would like to work in France, or maybe work for a company back in the UK.

Living the good life in France – Stoney Oak Family Farm

Some people looking to start their new life in France, arrive as retirees. Perhaps searching for a change of lifestyle and to live out their golden years in a peace. But others still have to work. And sometimes, despite best-laid plans, life can start to take you in completely different directions than you originally envisaged.