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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.

Encouraging currency update

Tim Williams // Monday, 16 April 2018

The exchange rate between the pound and the euro broke through the 1.15 level last week for the first time in nearly a year.
Since the end of May 2017, the rate has been remarkably steady around the 1.10 - 1.15 level.

It remains to be seen whether this is the start of a new trend or not.

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Table d’hotes - typically French, atypical experiences

Katherine O`Neill // Thursday, 12 April 2018

One of the most delightful ways to spend quality time breaking bread in France is that of the table d’hotes.

It is especially good if you have a member of your party who spends half an hour changing their mind - after all, in the SW of France it can be hard to choose between the magret or entrecôte.

Table d’hotes literally means ‘table of the host’, but might be better understood as a ‘set menu’ - you literally get what you are given!

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Let the photos tell the story!

Nicky Charles-Adams // Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Selling up in France? Spring is a great time to get started - days are longer, the light is lovely, leaves are back on the trees and serious buyers abound.

This is a great time of year to get your French property on market or to refresh the presentation if it went on over the winter.

Here are our top 10 tips to help your agent get the best results.

1. It should be obvious, so excuse us for saying… Tidy up, clean up, hide the laundry, clean the windows.

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You're kidding me!

Julie Savill // Friday, 30 March 2018

We popped in to see our Tarn sales team at the office in Les Cabannes at the foot of Cordes-sur-Ciel this week.

So glad we didn't miss Kiara and Jasmine taking a stroll up the high street and checking out the great properties on offer at Beaux Villages Immobilier.

Want these cheeky girls as your new neighbours? Click here to see properties in the area

Rainy days?

Don Quay // Thursday, 29 March 2018

...not an issue.

"I can cope with a bit of rain with views like this' -- a common remark among those now living here.

This was taken this morning from the fringes of hilltop bastide town, Tournon d'Agenais.

For more properties in glorious countryside where you don't mind the odd rainy day, click here

Eggcellent fun in the Dordogne!

Nicolas Janssens // Thursday, 29 March 2018

There is a stunning chateau here in our area at Ribagnac, Dordogne, called Chateau de Bridoire. They always organised something family-orientated for Easter including an Easter egg hunt.

This year they have hidden 6000 dummy eggs in 12 different colours. There are three competitions, for those aged under 5 years, 5-12 years and another for the adults - hooray!

Bring a basket for collecting the eggs. Sensible shoes are the order of the day!

Follow this link for more details.


For more details of events at the chateau throughout the year check out their website 

Hello Eymet! Buy, buy!

Julie Savill // Tuesday, 27 March 2018

With its honeyed stones and half-timbered square, its pub, cricket club, tea rooms and Epicerie anglaise – digestive biscuits, Oxford marmalade, lime cordial and salt’n’vinegar crisps – Eymet is the most English corner of a region whose rolling hills and reliable, but not too unbearable, sun have long been popular with Brits.
About 400 of this bastide's 2,600 inhabitants are UK nationals – and even as older residents grow increasingly worried about their post-Brexit retirement, an unexpected pre-Brexit boom is under way, of often younger Britons keen to make the move before it could be too late.
A taste for a property purchase pre-Brexit has become apparent.
Jane Fraser-Bryan, of Guyenne Immobilier Properties, says “Overwhelmed isn’t the word,” she said. “We have people showing up with cash itching to buy. Interest levels are maybe 20 times normal. Winters are usually so quiet here we shut for three weeks at Christmas. This time, we had three days off.”

Read the full article in the Guardian here

You just could not make this up...

Katherine O`Neill // Friday, 23 March 2018

French connexions reports that the post-Brexit UK blue passports, symbolic of the soon-to-be-independence from the EU, will in fact be produced in France.

Gemalto, a Franco-Dutch company, is reported to have the contract, worth £500 million, and has undercut British company, De La Rue by £50 million.

De La Rue chief executive Martin Sutherland said on BBC Radio 4 Today programme that he found it “disappointing and surprising” that this “icon of British identity is going to be manufactured in France”

So, from 2019, British passports will be blue and gold - supposedly our favourite colours!

Image: Business Insider

The latest Brexit news

Katherine O`Neill // Tuesday, 20 March 2018

What has been agreed? In a nutshell today’s deal means that while the UK will leave the EU next March, most of us will not notice the difference for another couple of years. Negotiators have agreed a 21 month transition (or implementation) period during which Britain will continue to abide by EU rules in return for full access to the single market and customs union.

During this period we will keep on paying into EU budgets and freedom of movement will continue. However, we will legally be separate and the time will be used to agree a formal trade treaty with the EU which will come into effect on January 1, 2021, which is now the “real” date of Brexit.

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Diary of a self-build: Making the Decision

David Crews // Monday, 19 March 2018

After many happy years living in a 13th Century village house we made the decision to sell up and start a fresh adventure. Time of life and generational family considerations, meant that more time spent traveling was on our horizon.

Much as we have loved our home, as a ‘lock up and leave’ it had become a little difficult. And so it came to a long and involved conversation about ‘the what and the where’.

The ‘where’ might have been Spain, France, or the UK to provide a hub to visit Australia, UK, and Asia - and to spend more down-time in France and Spain.

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