Tag Archives: French property

Finding Our House in France

Today is a very special one on La Lune. It’s 20 years ago to the day since we first saw our house. During our five days’ house-hunting in France, among the legion of properties we saw only two fitted the … Continue reading

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Ma Vie Française #2: An Interview with Stephanie Dagg

  I’ve known Steph since 2010 but we have never met! Author, editor, blogger, businesswoman, and smallholder– she wears so many hats it’s difficult to keep up. She’s written a popular book, Heads Above Water, about her family’s life in … Continue reading

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Moving to France – a Cautionary Tale

Life in France is wonderful, isn’t it? Well, up to a point. If you come with certain preconceived ideas you are bound to be disappointed. I just want to tell you a story I heard today, which underlines all the … Continue reading

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Ten reasons not to have a swimming pool

Like so many Brits who move to France (I count the SF, who is Swedish, as an honorary Brit), a swimming pool was on our list of must-haves. Having lived with one for 14 years, it will be on our … Continue reading

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Asking for the moon: finding our house in France, part 4

  We had already seen La Lune, our present house, after a couple of days and following our encounters with Uncle Fester and assorted fauna of southwest France (notably snakes and fleas). However, we were committed to spending a further … Continue reading

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Asking for the moon: finding our house in France, part 3

During our property-hunting visit to southwest France, it was rapidly becoming apparent that what looked perfect on paper was invariably flawed in reality. In part 2 (see also part 1), we spent the first of two days with an English … Continue reading

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Asking for the moon: finding our house in France, part 2

  Before you ask, this isn’t our house. At the end of Part 1, we were arriving at Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val to spend a couple of days visiting properties with an English estate agent. He ran a gîte at his house a … Continue reading

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Asking for the moon: finding our house in France, part 1

‘Don’t let’s ask for the moon; we already have the stars.’ This is the final line in the film ‘Now, Voyager’ with Claude Rains (born in Camberwell but often played Frenchmen) and Bette Davis. I always think of it when … Continue reading

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Buying a house in France: ten top tips

We leave our brains behind when we look at property in France, but a few tips will help you avoid making expensive mistakes, says A writer’s lot in France Continue reading

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Surviving in France: 10 top tips

Living in France is very different from spending a couple of weeks on holiday here. Here are some commonsense tips to help you get the most out of living in France. Continue reading

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