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

What is your local Mairie and why is it important?

In the UK, you may have little idea about what happens in your town hall, the purpose it serves and what to use it for. However, in France the town hall or ‘Mairie’ can be one of your first ports of call. Often the centre of town or village life in France, there are usually countless reasons to visit your local Mairie.  Our writer in France, Beth, explains what it’s used for and why it can be extremely helpful when settling in.

The Joys of Christmas in France

Christmas in France is likely to be slightly different this year, but will still be a time of great celebration and gratitude. If this is your first since relocating, get ready to enjoy!

A property market update during uncertain times

With the Brexit deadline looming, the last thing people looking to settle in France needed was the arrival of coronavirus. So, how has the property market in France coped so far and what challenges could it face in the future?

5 luxury locations in Provence

Dramatic scenery with lavender fields and more than a hint of romance in the air – locations in Provence aided and abetted by film and literature seduce many people looking to settle in France.