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Frederika's 'little paradise': a stone property with separate wooden chalet and 28 acres of grounds, on the market for ¬349,000

Interview with an agent in Auvergne

Frederika Bosman of Auvergne Properties shares her view of the property market in this dramatic, lesser-known French region

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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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Lozère, Languedoc-Roussillon - © Atout France

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 (www.latitudes.co.uk/fpn)

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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