Sharing France with you
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.
Secure your right to reside in France
As the nominal date for Brexit on 29th March (about 16 weeks from now) draws ever closer, there are an increasing number of voices suggesting that it will be necessary for non-EU nationals to have a Carte de Sejour in order to remain in France.
This obviously means us Brits.
We have personally applied for these cards and you might consider doing the same.
The waiting time is already over a year in many Départements, however it does seem that at least being in the queue - i.e. having an appointment - is a worthwhile and free step to take.
Maison France 5 showcases the Quercy
Last week, French channel 'France 5' aired a programme about the Quercy featuring Montcuq en Quercy Blanc and the Lauzerte area.
The focus was on houses and lifestyle, so you'll find plenty of good ideas you can recreate at home!
The link for the original video is here, and below the video you'll find the address for all the people and businesses featured.
You don't know the Quercy, yet?
Happy BVI buyers 3
Last month we showed the video with Sue and Richard. Today is the new episode our "happy buyers" series!
We spent a week filming around the sunny Dordogne, interviewing 3 buyers who have bought a French property with the help of us here at Beaux Villages.
Watch the video to see how Denise is enjoying her new life in the sun near Le Fleix.
Just look at that property!Read more ...
There's something about Eymet
What is there possibly not to like about the quaint, picturesque bastide town of Eymet? Located in the glorious Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France, it is notable as a popular location amongst British expatriates, who account for a significant percentage of the local population. Unlike many of the towns in this area it boasts activities throughout the year, which is why we were attracted to it when we moved from the Cote d’Azur in 2012, with absolutely no regrets!Read more ...
It's Truffle time!
One of the joys of living in south west France is the glorious black truffle.
The finest black truffles in the world come from the Périgord.
The season is in full swing here, with small markets popping up in car parks where the truffle hunters lay out their swag in baskets.
A small truffle will currently set you back €40 or €50 but that will be enough for several divine omelettes (store the truffle in a box with your eggs and they’ll acquire the earthy, woodland scent) or roast chickens (slip the thinnest possible slices under the skin before cooking). Shave them over a salad of soft leaves, walnuts and cabecou (the flat round goat cheese, also from the Périgord), or softly scrambled eggs. Heaven!
If you’re lucky, your new home in France will come with truffles - or at least an interesting selection of mushrooms growing in the garden.
What's in a name?
I have recently acquired a split personality. Having been known as Julie for the past 50-odd years, people are suddenly reinventing me.
It started with a business dinner in Paris. I sat next to a most charming man (who I’ve worked with for 7 years), we discussed how the property market is, how we work together and what the future possibilities might be. At the end of the evening he wished me a good ‘fin du soirée’ and called me Sylvie. I’ve never felt like a Sylvie, but I tried it on, it felt OK so I let it go.Read more ...
France Income Tax 2018
France has a reputation for being a high tax country, so reforms that could reduce taxation are very welcome. The Finance Law for 2018 introduced two significant changes, which particularly affect those with higher investment income and/or wealth.
Income tax and social charges
Social charges have increased by 1.7% for all types of income. So the rates for this year are 9.7% for employment income; 17.2% for investment income, and 9.1% for pension income (you are exempt for pension income if you have Form S1 or do not have access to the French healthcare system).
The income tax rates remain the same as last year, though the income bands have increased slightly with inflation.Read more ...
Autumnal awe in Aubeterre
A flock of pigeons sit above the bakery in this gorgeous Charentaise Beaux Village on the border with the Dordogne.
It’s a common and entirely understandable element on the wishlist of many house-hunters in our part of the world; walk to bakery.
It’s possible, of course, and we find this for many of our clients.
Others compromise with a short drive or bike ride, having found THE town or village and THE bakery. The fact is, that towns and villages like this one have a lot going for them. That can mean a price premium to live where one can walk in, or a different consideration, such as more neighbours, or living near a road...
For properites in and around Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, click here
Rocking Horse House
Ever wondered what to do with the kids' old rocking horse? One home-owner had this brilliant idea and now every time someone goes up or down stairs the old horse gets a pat.
We recently sold 'Rocking Horse House' and the owners, old and new, couldn't be happier.
Their sales consultant, Jacqui Reddin from our Jonzac team, received this email:
"Well done Jacqui and thank you for all your help. We are in Rocking Horse House at the end of November. Perhaps we can have a glass of something to celebrate?"
For more properties from the Jonzac team click here.
Happy BVI buyers 2
Last month we showed the video with Trish and Clive. Today is the new episode in our "happy buyers" series!
We spent a week filming around the sunny Dordogne, interviewing 3 couples who have bought a French property with the help of us here at Beaux Villages.
Watch the video to see how Sue and Richard are enjoying their new life in the sun near Eymet.
Just look at that view!Read more ...
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