French property

Bright outlook: a great season on the slopes will be reflected by a boost in the sale of ski properties and the indications are good for this year

More properties to be built in the French Alps

Strong demand for ski properties prompts MGM to ramp up its French Alpine construction programme

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Running a hotel in Dordogne

Having dreamed of owning a hotel one day, Arjan and Marije Capelle tell Alice Broeksma how a Dutch couple ended up in a French town built by the English

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Soulages has donated 500 paintings to the museum in Rodez

New Soulages museum puts Rodez on the map

Nav Vilain heads to the Aveyron capital to tell the story of one of the city’s sons, contemporary artist Soulages, whose uncompromising use of black sets him truly apart

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What’s all the fosse? A guide to septic tanks

The fosse septique is one of those less glamorous intricacies of French life that could take you unawares. Mary Hall explains how to prepare for buying homes with a septic tank

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Northern and southern France go head to head

Which part of France offers most — north or south? Glynis Shaw speaks to two gîte owners who argue their case for living and hosting guests in their chosen area

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5 top tips on househunting at a French property exhibition

Karen Tait offers some top tips to help you get the most out of French property exhibitions, and allow you to use both your head and your heart when househunting

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Stretch for the stars: a yoga retreat in Lot-et-Garonne

Having travelled to the Himalayas to learn the art of yoga, Tamsin Chubb is inspired to make a permanent move to her farmhouse in rural France to open a relaxing retreat

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Interview with an agent in Dordogne/Lot-et-Garonne

Samm Khoury of Richard Immobilier shares her view of the property market on the Dordogne/Lot-et-Garonne border

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Nation of gardeners: Open Gardens in France

While the French love their gardens, until last year there was no Open Garden scheme in France. Michael Moat describes how he had the idea to run the first Jardins Ouverts

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The new regulations are designed to protect owners and buyers living within a multi-occupancy building, such as a typical block of flats

France’s loi ALUR explained

New rules concerning the sale of properties in co-ownership buildings has caused confusion and consternation. Peter-Danton de Rouffignac unpicks the loi ALUR

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Lock up and leave: second homes in France

If you own a second home in France, you want to know it’s safe and secure when you are not in residence. Vanessa Couchman provides some handy hints

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The old port of Marseille

Spotlight on Marseille

After two decades of renewal, Provence’s coastal capital has become the cultural city of the future, as Frances Marcellin discovers

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La plage du Moulleau, Bassin d'Arcachon. Gironde

France’s top beaches

Karen Tait picks out eight of France’s best beaches, ideal for holidaymakers and househunters

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This computer-generated image shows how Les Chalets de Laÿssia in Samoëns will look in summer

French Alps tops south of France in property popularity ratings

Unsure whether to buy in a place to ski or in the sun, a Wimbledon couple choose a French Alpine village which offers the best of both

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Sterling work: Exchange rates

When buying property overseas, the strategies you use for exchanging currency can make big differences to how much you pay, says Nadine Rodgers-Callan

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Secret agents: French property professionals explained

With so many options available to househunters in France, Sophia Mose takes the lid off the world of estate agents, property finders and buyer’s agents

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