Sharing France with you
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Current exchange rates: saving on your French property
Despite the uncertainties surrounding Brexit, political indecision and the Bank of England recently trying to "talk down" the Pound, the exchange rate
between the Pound and the Euro is on an improving trend since the start of 2018, as the chart below shows.
The rate topped 1.1750 yesterday.
As an illustration for British buyers of a 200,000€ property in France:
At a rate of 1.10 (the low on this chart), it would cost £181,000.
At today's rate of 1.17, that same property would cost £171,000, a saving of £10,000.
Seems like a good time to have a look at our latest reduced properties.
Heard of Piégut-Pluviers and Cussac?
Ssshh! Don’t tell too many people – these are our latest best-kept secrets. Beaux Villages and Piégut Immobilier have joined forces and we are loving working with the expert local teams at the two offices in these pretty and well-served villages at the heart of the beautiful Parc Naturel Régional Périgord-Limousin (PNRPL).
The Park was established with the aim of protecting and enhancing the natural and cultural heritage of the region, developing local resources and preserving the biodiversity of the area.Read more ...
A night at the museum!
If you have always dreamed of being locked up in a museum for an entire night to enjoy works of art in peace and quiet and in the shadows, this event is for you!
On Saturday the 18th of May you'll be able to visit museum at night in many different places in Europe.
Check out the museum in South West France on the website of the event here.
From wildcard to living the dream
My wife Joanne and I are the proud new owners of Les Chambres de CoCo – a sensitively restored 19th Century manoir located near Aubeterre-sur-Dronne in the south of the Charente. Neither of us have a hotel or hospitality background but we love hosting and entertaining people. Joanne, who is Canadian by birth but British by choice, is a Garden Designer with a Master’s in Landscape Architecture. I was originally an officer in the Royal Navy and then a business executive in the shipping and offshore oil and gas industries.Read more ...
French police are rewarding good drivers
In a pirouette from a punitive to a rewards-based system, the Gendarmes in French department Oise (Hauts-de-France, north of Paris) have begun rewarding good driving behaviour with cash prizes of €100 - €200.
The operation saw some 80 drivers benefit from the system and were rewarded for things like correct indicating, respecting the speed limit and proper lane discipline.
It came as a bit of a shock to the drivers receiving the rewards as they were pulled over much in the same way as if they were in trouble!Read more ...
Dangerous processionary caterpillars on the move
The recent warm weather has drawn out the pine processionary caterpillars. They've already been spotted in many parts of southern France, so please be vigilant and take precautions.
They're found in nests in pine trees that look like large webbed material clumped into a cotton wool-like 'tents'. Once the weather warms up, they start making they way down the tree trunks and on to land for sunnier spots.Read more ...
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