French property

Knowing your 'certificat d'urbanisme' from your 'déclaration préalable' is a vital initial part of the renovation process

Permission accomplished: French planning applications

Having given an overview of the planning process last month, Arthur Cutler continues with a guide to the different planning applications in France

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Picturesque St-Antonin-Noble-Val on the banks of the River Aveyron

Behind the scenes with Dame Helen Mirren’s B&B hosts in Tarn-et-Garonne

From finding a home in France to hosting one of Hollywood’s leading ladies, Clinton Hadgill tells the surprising story of his own journey to St-Antonin-Noble-Val

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Location spotlight: the Rhuys peninsula, Brittany

Experiencing the mildest winters in Brittany, the Rhuys peninsula proves to be a haven of peaceful ports, friendly markets and picturesque walks as Carolyn Reynier discovers

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An interior designer’s home in Languedoc

Brighton-based interior designer Clare Topham speaks to Lynette Eyb about her hideaway in the south of France, which combines stylish elegance with a homely feel

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The sale of your property will often hinge on what is in the surveyor's report

Preparing for a French property survey

While property surveys aren’t as common in France, many buyers are choosing to obtain one. Martin Quirke shares how vendors can prepare for an inspection

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Angela and her husband with one of their guests and dog Cami

Confessions of a chambres-d’hôtes owner in France

Angela Weston shares the best anecdotes from her time welcoming guests into her home in Vienne, Poitou-Charentes

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Count the costs: French mortgages

If you are thinking of taking out a French mortgage to fund your dream move to France, read Sharon Hill’s guide to the associated costs of borrowing across the Channel

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The 12th-century castle in Carcassonne

Location spotlight: Dordogne vs Languedoc

There’s no shortage of spectacular places to own a holiday home in France. Steve Jones and Diana White compare the attractions of the place they call home

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Top 5 hidden locations for French property

Karen Tait explores 5 areas of France that offer peace and quiet, lots of space and bargain properties

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This new development of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments in Languedoc-Roussillon is ideal for keen skiers and golfers. Onsite facilities include a spa and pool and prices start at 85,750 euros (

Many happy returns: the tax advantages of leaseback

Buying a leaseback home can be a tax-efficient way of investing in French property. Kehinde Dauda explains the tax advantages associated with this type of purchase

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Evening lights gleam on Cannes' famous Croisette, so-named for its crescent shape

Riviera rivals: Nice vs Cannes

Rachel Johnston talks beaches, boutiques and boltholes as two of France’s Mediterranean gems go head to head

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Honor and Simon have completely transformed a former wine 'domaine' into a spacious home with guest accommodation

Top tips for househunters in France

The gîte owners who have already moved to France share some helpful advice with Vicky Leigh

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Q&A: septic tanks

What should we know about septic tanks for our French home?

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Financing your dream home: French mortgages explained

The style of property you are planning to buy in France and the location it is in can determine the mortgage conditions you are offered, as Simon Smallwood explains

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