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Every week you'll find new stories, local and national events, comments, recipes and advice on this page. Click on the Archive button to see previous posts full of interesting information and links.

Legendary Wine: Vin du Tsar

Robert Parker // Friday, 08 December 2017

Legend has it that Czar Nicolas II, passing through Lot-et-Garonne, was so taken by the local wine that he bought the entire stock in hand and for several years ahead and gave it his name to boot.

Nowadays Vin du Tsar is widely available direct from the producer, at summer night markets, discerning restaurants and the shelves of Leclerc.

Passing through all of the above locations, Mrs Parker is now making an annual attempt to recreate Czar Nic’s record consumption.

Also available in red. www.vin-du-tsar.fr/

This property is available to buy; walk to village shop, bar, boulangerie, butcher, florist.....cycle to a tasting at ‘le cave’ of Vin du Tsar.

Currency Update from our Partners at Smart

David Newson // Wednesday, 06 December 2017

Sterling has played a waiting game in 2017, after the rollercoaster ride of 2016. Will 2018 be a steady climb or steady decline?

This year the pound reached highs of almost €1.20 in mid-April. Then as soon as the British started leaping onto ferries at the start of the summer holidays it began its slide. It dipped under €1.08 in August.

Was 2017 really that bad?

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Vin Chaud - A Delicious Twist on Mulled Wine

Katherine O`Neill // Tuesday, 05 December 2017

This mulled wine has a distinctly French twist on the mulled wine most of used are used to.

Definitely give this a try if you're planning some festive drinks. It's even better if the spices are left for a couple of days before re-warming and serving up.

For the very best flavor, use a young, fruity, red wine. The more aged wines, especially those matured in oak will have heavy tannins and can be bitter when warmed.

Click 'read more' for the recipe and enjoy!

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Free Seminar: Selling Your French Home

Katherine O`Neill // Tuesday, 05 December 2017

Beaux Villages Immobilier and our partner Smart Currency Exchange are inviting all vendors, or potential vendors, to an exclusive event at Chateau de Maumont near Angouleme on Friday 8th December 2017.

We are offering the opportunity to review the marketing of your property with our marketing team and with several of our senior property consultants, talk to currency experts, ask questions about Brexit and much more.

There is no charge, however it is a ticketed event and so we ask for a committed RSVP. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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A New Life, A New Career...in France

Judith Whitlow // Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Have you always wanted to do what we do, but determined that your lack of previous experience was a bar? Read on!

The French government recently made formal training a requirement for all people involved in property sales in France. Each company is already required to have a licence to operate. You cannot simply open a shop as you might in some other countries. What the new training requirement now adds is a regulated licence per individual as well.

The training itself can be selected from a raft of subjects including - we are pleased to report - the relevant law and ethics!

In tough economic times this is an admittedly challenging task to get all our people set up to do this. We have a head start given the training team we have always had at Beaux Villages. Ongoing training and a desire to be as good as we can has always been at the heart of our company culture.

Estate agency is generally better regarded in France than in the UK, however we accept that we have some way to go to persuade many people of the valuable role we believe we play in the life-changing events so often involved in buying and selling a property. Buying a property privately can be a potentially expensive gamble for the uninitiated, non-professional or unwary.

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Simple Pleasures

Don Quay // Wednesday, 29 November 2017

I set off on the airport run to collect someone from Toulouse the other Sunday.

It was a crisp foggy morning and I stopped to take this photo across the fields towards a pretty church on the borders of Tarn-et-Garonne and Haute Garonne.

Now of course, there is a little less pressure on the pick-up than there is when catching a plane. But, as I realised as I passed through glorious countryside on quiet roads, one of the things I take for granted nowadays is that I can invariably plan a journey and reliably predict when I’m going to arrive.

Simple pleasures.

I popped back to the UK recently and sat in traffic. I had no clue how long any journey might take, despite knowing the area and the roads.

For a selection of property for sale connected by well maintained quiet roads, click here.

More Flights to Bordeaux

Katherine O`Neill // Thursday, 23 November 2017

More flights to France!

Fewer excuses not to come and see us!

EasyJet have just made our year by adding more flights to the international hub of Bordeaux airport.
They have just announced they will be setting up shop at Bordeaux Merignac this spring - incidentally a stunning time of year to visit the region.

There will be three A320 aircraft lodged in Bordeaux from March next year, offering 5 new routes. The finer details have yet to be revealed but this can only be good news for those of us looking to travel easily to and from France - some here do this commute on a weekly basis quite happily!

EasyJet and Ryanair have most of France covered now, with more winter flights, too - we’ve taken some of the leg work out for you and created a handy flight map - click here to start planning your property hunts!

An 'outside jobs' day

Robert Parker // Thursday, 02 November 2017

It was a holiday in France today, 1st November, and I got up at a decent hour with all good intentions to knock off a long list of indoor jobs.
But first I stuck my nose outside to see just how cold it was.
Not at all bad!!
I puttered around for a bit, trimmed back the vine over the kitchen door, and retreated inside for a cup of tea.
Hmm. Still no central heating on, and actually warmer outside.
I popped back out and raked a bit of lawn.
And so it went on. Until dark and another glorious sunset.
Too much good weather to paint ceilings.

For a list of properties for sale currently enjoying an Indian summer, click here.

I Love My Town: Lauzerte

Edite Hill // Monday, 30 October 2017

I took an early morning drive to the local bastide village of Lauzerte, to my local supermarket. The church was rising from the mist where the sun was trying to get through the clouds. The town is mysteriously perched on the hill and presents a perfect holiday photo opportunity. Suddenly from around the corner a tractor approached. At the wheel, an old french man with his wife hanging on the step for dear life. Really? I was so surprised to see it I had to turn round and go back just to take a second look. Yes, there they were, both (apparently) in their 80s and looking as if they travel this way every day of the year.

But that's just France and that's why I love it here....

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A winning formula!

Julie Savill // Sunday, 29 October 2017

It’s always a bit of a buzz when someone tells you you’re doing a good job. So imagine the buzz we had last month at the London Lancaster Hotel, overlooking Hyde Park in central London, at the European Property Awards. There we heard that Beaux Villages had won two prestigious awards.
We are delighted to be able to say that we are officially the Best Real Estate Agent 5-20 Offices, France, and that our newly redesigned website was recognised as Best Real Estate Website, France.
A very select group of winners is nominated to progress to the next level to compete for Best In Europe - we are absolutely thrilled to be going through! 

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Let your inner author loose!  If you have an experience to share about moving to, living in or simply visiting France then we'd like to hear about it.  Write a maximum of 300 words, attach a photo and we'll publish the best here.

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