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

Should you worry about France’s second home tax?

Certain parts of the press have been full of outrage over, as the Daily Mail put it: “Macron destroying the dream of owning a holiday home in France”. So, how worried should you be about increases to France’s second homes tax?

Vive La France! How to be more French

There’s a lot of advice about making the effort to integrate with your local community upon relocating to France. But apart from interacting and mixing with the locals, how can you quickly appear to be more French? Acting like a native and truly blending in. Here we look at 10 tips that will instantly make you appear more French in your attitude and outlook, as well as when engaging in conversation.

Your healthy life in France: the rise of wild swimming

Being large and squarish, in France you can find yourself a long way from a beach. No problem, when there are such beautiful rivers and lakes to swim in. Wild swimming, as swimming outdoors in rivers and lakes rather than in municipal pools is known, has dramatically risen in popularity. It even features in next year’s Paris Olympics. Here we highlight the rise of wild swimming in France, with a few do’s and don’ts and recommendations on where to swim. 

6 reasons to buy property in France right now

Reports show the number of Brits with second homes in France dropping for the first time in a decade. However, there are many reasons to buy property in France now. In fact, many of those once-owning holiday homes have decided to jump right in and are living here as permanent residents. Perhaps accelerated by the COVID pandemic, embracing the “life is too short” philosophy.

The French August shutdown: fact or fiction?

France is famous for many things. Baguettes, good food and good wine. But also the infamous French August shutdown. It is said that every year, the whole of France shuts down during this time when everyone chooses to take their summer holidays at the same time. But in the present day, is it really true? Or even possible? Or is it simply another urban myth?

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