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French Property Exhibition, Olympia London
It's that time of the year again! It doesn't seem that long since we were last showing in Olympia, just a little over 6 months, but my has this season flown by!
And it's still flying.
We're going to be at the Olympia in London showcasing our fabulous properties with our equally fabulous team.
If you're looking for great ideas for buying in France, get yourself there - it's free!
Here's a link to go to to get registered for fast-track entry - we look forward to seeing you there!
Building to last
You know times aren't all that bad when your nearest city is punctuated by the exclamation marks of cranes towering above construction sites. Bordeaux is positively buzzing since the opening of the new high speed rail link to Paris and on a recent visit the number of cranes was impressive.
Have breakfast at Karl on Place du Parliament in Bordeaux (really, do not leave this off your bucket list!) and be in Paris for a full day's sight seeing just 2 hours later.
As a result of this super-easy access to the capital, and the fact that Bordeaux is just a mighty fine town to live near, property is much sought-after in and around the city.
Looking for something in easy reach of Bordeaux? Check out our poperties in the Gironde.
Villeréal gets its crown!
A huge congratulations to Villeréal as it joins Pujols and Monflanquin as one of “Les Plus Beaux Villages” in the Lot-et-Garonne!
Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (meaning “the most beautiful villages of France”) is an independent association, created in 1982, for the promotion of the tourist appeal of small rural villages with a rich cultural heritage.
Alongside Monflanquin and Pujols, Villeréal has gained its crown. No easy task! In order to achieve this status the village must meet three qualifying criteria:Read more ...
Happy BVI buyer gets married on TV
Our agent, Caroline Oliver based in our Lalinde office, was delighted to receive news from her clients that they had been picked by Channel 4 for their new show 'A New Life in the Sun'.
After buying their dream home in France through Caroline, they got married!
Caroline's clients sent through some lovely photos of their special day, they even had their beautiful dogs involved in the ceremony with the oldest one being ring-bearer whilst the others followed.
Just lovely.Read more ...
The secret pleasure of space
In the UK, in my little urban garden, a pressure washer was out of the question. I could have cleaned the terraces of about 8 houses without leaving my doorstep.
But here in France it's another story and pressure washing has become my not-so-guilty secret pleasure.
Oh, the satisfaction as years of grime are peeled away in seconds.
I'm running out of dirt to blast and the dogs are looking nervous.
We get the occasional bluetit in the house. It sends the dogs crazy when they flap against the window trying to get out.
This week there was a kerfuffle and when we went to see what was going on we'd been upgraded! It wasn't your common or garden bluetit on the mantelpiece but a rather splendid and exotic-looking hoopoe!
These zebra-striped migrants come and go between France and Africa and we keep our lawn neatly cut to entice them to hang around. They wander around the short grass listening carefully and probing the ground with their long curved beak looking for crickets and larvae.
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