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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.

How Will the Brexit Vote Affect My Property Purchase in France?

Julie Savill // Sunday, 17 May 2020

We've written a series of blogs since the Brexit vote and we've pulled a few together here in a digest.

We will update with new blogs as clear messages are released by the government.


The UK voted on June 24 to leave the EU. The process begins with the UK notification to the European Council under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. Once such notification has been made, a period of two years is allowed for the detailed negotiations to take place. During that time, nothing will change in terms of the entitlements of UK citizens in Europe.
What are the possible outcomes?
The UK remains in the EEA by dint not of being in the EU, but by joining EFTA (which it left in 1973 after joining the Common Market). The current members of EFTA are Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The EEA subscribes to the same “Free movement of capital, people and labour” that EU countries follow.
The UK negotiates a wide range of bilateral treaties with EU member states to preserve trade relations.
We believe that the first outcome will prevail in some form.
In any event, there are so many French (and other European) nationals living in the UK, that it seems unlikely in the extreme that the EU will unilaterally impose restrictions on the rights and entitlements of British citizens living in France (or elsewhere in the EU). A compromise will be found.

Buying a Property in France
Things are rather fluid at the moment as the political dust settles but in the end, we see no reason for the purchase and ownership of a house in France to be any different from how it is now.
Membership of the EEA will confer the same rights on British citizens living in France as they are under the EU – including healthcare and pensions.

Will life in France change?
If you were to judge that by the response of the French people we know and meet daily, you would see what might be characterised as “disappointed astonishment” in the UK vote and by an outpouring of support for the Brits who already live in France. France will retain its many attractive qualities, as it has done for centuries for Brits. Notably, many of our clients are more determined to come and own a property in France after the Brexit vote than they were before.

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Read all about it!

Julie Savill // Monday, 18 May 2020

Read all about it!

There is something magical for all us francophiles about reading a book with a French spin. Some of these are classics, others are a little less well-known but have found a place in our hearts. Just like France…

1 Chocolat - Joanne Harris
If you drooled a little over Johnny Depp or Juliette Binoche in the movie, treat yourself to a little afternoon delight with the book. Set in south west France, it’s an emotional page turner.

2 Suite Francaise - Irène Nemirovsky
Iréné was writing a series of 5 novels when she was imprisoned and then killed at Auschwitz in the second world war. Her daughter found the notebooks and finally read them in 1998. The first two novels were combined and published as Suite Francaise.

3 Labyrinth - Kate Mosse
Anyone who has ever been to Carcassonne will get an extra frisson from reading this book as the streets of the citadel appear almost unchanged to this day. Two parallel stories - one from the middle ages, one contemporary - evolve around true historical events.

4 Wine and War - Donald and Petie Kladstrup
An engaging account of the efforts the French vineyard owners took to hide and protect their wines from Nazi looting.

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Green for go

Katherine O`Neill // Friday, 08 May 2020

As we ease into the first phase of a relaxing of lockdown restrictions, the French government has issued a map where each Department is coloured either green, amber or red.
The colour attributed relates to an ongoing assessment of the circulation of Covid-19 and the ability of the local health system to cope.
So the map is likely to change. The green zones are the ones likely to be prioritised to come out of confinement.

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A new life in the country

Katherine O`Neill // Wednesday, 06 May 2020

Space, clean air, open roads - is the idea of a rural lifestyle speaking to you? You’re not alone. For those raising a family in an apartment or those who simply want to live a more self-sufficient life, the benefits of living in the country rather than in the city centre are increasingly appealing.

So what are the top 3 things people are looking for right now?

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Hello from the Sunny Pyrenees Orientales in the South of France

Caroline Oliver // Friday, 17 April 2020

The move from Dordogne has been made and I have been working down here since October.
It was a good, stress-free, move and I even got to use 2 different companies from clients who had 1. sold with Beaux Villages and 2. bought with Beaux Villages. Both had set up their own removal and storage companies in France and were very professional and cost efficient.
When you are relocating we have a list of good companies who can help you take the stress out of the "big move" from the UK to France or within France itself. (Just This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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A new take on essentials

Julie Savill // Sunday, 12 April 2020

We’ve been catching up with our team to find out how it is for them in various parts of France.

From one of our expert sales team on lock-down in the Tarn:

I'm just about to brave the shops - there have been (short) queues here and there and I thought maybe there would be fewer people at lunchtime!

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