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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.

The joys of the local wildlife

Julie Savill // Wednesday, 20 February 2019

One of the joys of a rural french lifestyle is being surrounded by nature in all its forms.

Deer and badgers live in the lane outside our gate, a hare has worked out our dogs’ bedtime and makes late evening use of the garden, red squirrels bomb us with walnuts as we drive in and last spring we had foxcubs playing on the doorstep.

Sales Consultant, Angie Turner, recently found herself with rather more water side wildlife than was sensible and called in the local hunt to trap and move some ragondin (coypu) to a better location. These animals, which used to be common on the Norfolk Broads, were introduced as fur animals but have escaped and gone feral in most parts of France. You can often see them swimming in lakes and rivers and they can be mistaken for the much rarer otter.

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Making dreams come true

Katherine O`Neill // Monday, 11 February 2019

It really makes a difference to hard-working agents when their happy clients make a gesture like this one.

Agent Vanessa Hopkins was delighted to have received this from Mr and Mrs Paterson, and not just for the gin!

The feeling from the gesture itself, when you're reminded you've made a real difference to clients in making their dream home a reality, is unbeatable. 

Well done and well deserved, Vanessa. 

See what else our clients have said about our agents and teams on our testimonials page.



Healthy options

Judith Whitlow // Wednesday, 06 February 2019

While we're waiting for the detail of Brexit there's no need to put your move to France on hold for healthcare reasons.
An EHIC card covers you currently for the first 3 months of living in France.
After that time you become become officially resident (and need to apply for carte de séjour/new residents card)
As a non EU citizen, make sure that you have sufficient insurance to cover you for the first 3 months.
Expat retirees who have a state pension from another EU state have cover through the S1 form.

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Meet the agent - Ali Feeney

Julie Savill // Thursday, 31 January 2019

Born in the UK, Ali has studied and worked in Paris, lived in Geneva and is now settled near Eymet in the Dordogne. ‘I’ve spent more of my life in French-speaking countries than English,’ she says.

A two year stint in Stockholm where she experienced the two worst winters for 100 years brought her back to France on holiday, searching for much-needed sun. ‘After 24 hours we just thought, this is it, we need to buy a house here.’ She bought through Guyenne Immobilier, now part of the Beaux Villages group, and got a job into the bargain. ‘4 international moves in 10 years mean I’m well-placed to put myself in the shoes of people thinking of moving to France,’ she says. ‘I love helping people to find the right place for them.’

Browse all our properties in Ali's Eymet area


Forgotten France

Julie Savill // Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Does the title conjure up a romantic image of a corner of France known only to a handful of locals? Where lazy days in the sun, with the joys of peaceful times gone by, meet modern living standards. You are the first ex-pat to discover it; it is yours alone…..
Keep it real!! We’re good, but we’re not magicians!

You know when you find the TV remote control down the back of the sofa, and daren’t admit you probably poked it there yourself?
Or when the set of keys you’ve looked for loudly 3 times in the same drawer turns up in plain view on a worktop (maybe under a piece of paper - for heaven's sake!) House hunting in France can be like that. Forgotten France in the Dordogne? Surely not…
Well, it can be done. What we are talking about here is not discovering a whole département that has never seen a Brit before, but finding an off-the-well-worn-track gem in a favourite (and likely popular) part of France

Check out our list of favourite towns to head to when we want to step into Forgotten France.

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Brexit and Exchange Rates

Tim Williams // Friday, 18 January 2019

We are living through a topsy turvy political world, seemingly full of paradoxes, in respect of Brexit.

“Plan B” is due to be tabled on Monday January 21 with a debate and vote to follow on January 29.

But stalemate persists since the two main party leaders are :

a) insisting on sticking to “principles” (TM)

b) refusing to join talks until the “No Deal” option is removed (JC) 

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