Real life experiences of buying a property in France

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French community integration

Looking back at life in France so far, Neil Spoonley recalls how he and his wife slowly fitted into the community by attending, among other things, village dinners and dances

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The disused farmhouse was in a sorry state when Karin and Edwin Pollard bought it in 1989

Farmhouse renovation in Lot-et-Garonne

Faith Warn meets a couple who have kept an eye on history while renovating a ruin in order to keep the past alive

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A view to inspire: Hannah looks out on the sea from her peaceful study

An author’s inspiration on the Riviera

For centuries the south of France has been a source of inspiration for artists and authors alike. Vicky Leigh meets the modern-day author putting pen to paper in Provence

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Fun of the mill

After months of hard work, the dilapidated mill in Vendée that Lucy Pitts bought and renovated with her husband is now a hub of fun-filled activity for all the family

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Country life in Lot-et-Garonne

After recovering from the shock of being told her husband wanted to move to the south of France, Nicola Barber tells how she threw herself wholeheartedly into French life once she got there

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House buying in France

Bob French tells the story of his property purchase in southern France

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These attractive shepherds' huts are ideal as extra living accommodation at your French home

Making room with shepherds’ huts

Increasing the size of your living accommodation needn’t mean disruption, dust and knocking down walls, as Vicky Leigh enjoys finding out

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'Bel Arbre', Tim and Lizzie Drake's holiday home near Cazals in Lot. The couple spend seven to 10 weeks there each year

Gîtes vs Holiday Lets

Are you undecided whether to move to France and run a holiday business or let out your French holiday home when you’re in the UK? Glynis Shaw explores the two options to help you make your choice

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Character features abound inside this quintessentially French cottage

High life in Auvergne

On the lookout for a holiday home close to the ski slopes, Sue Woodward was taken way up high onto the Cézallier plateau to view this charming cheese-maker’s cottage

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The Wellesley's home in France

Rubble to rural beauty

Get inspired with this story of how Teresa and Peter Wellesley renovated this stone home in sunny Lot-et-Garonne

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