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Former teacher and expat mum Kate Coulon’s quintessentially English tea room in the Loire Valley is going down a treat. Here’s how she made it work

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Expats in France

After fulfilling a life-long ambition and opening a restaurant in Aude, Paul and Val Bridgestock are winning rave reviews for their food.

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Many Brits dream of moving to Brittany and running a B&B or gîte business but what is it really like to live and work there?

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Brittany

Twenty years after finding fame on BBC show Changing Rooms, Anna Ryder Richardson is taking on her most ambitious makeover project yet, a ruin in south-west France

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When she inherited a ruin of a house in Gers 15 years ago, Paula Middleton decided to take on the challenge, completely renovated it and now lives there on her own

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Midi-Pyrenees

Peter Quaife and Natalie Lynch found their niche in France by running vegan and vegetarian cookery workshops and cycling holidays in the picturesque town of St-Antonin-Noble-Val. They tell us what it’s like

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Midi-Pyrenees

From pruning to planting, there are plenty of jobs to be done in your French garden this spring to make sure it is ready for the summer

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With a bit of help from Escape to the Château stars Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree, British couple Michael and Jonathan transformed a 16th-century château in the Loire Valley into a luxury hotel and wedding venue

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Pays de la Loire

British couple Nigel and Claire moved to France to run a glamping business in Tarn-et-Garonne after visiting a property exhibition in the UK two years ago

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Midi-Pyrenees

Who better than Dick and Angel to lend a helping hand to château owners in France? Meet the Brits who star in the new TV series and find out how the couple helped them bring their French châteaux back to life

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Actress and writer Carol Drinkwater talks about her love of France and life between her properties in Paris and Provence

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Expats in France

Stars of the TV show Escape to the Château, Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree reveal their tips and the lessons they learnt when renovating their French château

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Pays de la Loire

Judith Smith and her husband Tony tell us how they moved to Dordogne in 2015 to start a bowls club and gîte business and ended up being filmed by Channel 4 for A New Life in the Sun

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Dordogne

Fiona Lapworth and her husband Kevin never dreamed of being on TV, but then they moved to France and that all changed, as Fiona explains…

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When Dutch couple Jan and José bought Château les Merles in Dordogne in 2003 it was a ruin but they have transformed it into this chic home and hotel

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Dordogne

Earlier this year, writer Mark Sampson recounted his journey so far in gaining French citizenship. Now officially a French citizen, he explains the final stages of the process

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Being self-employed and not having any savings didn’t stop Julia Douglas and Colin Usher from buying their dream home in south-west France and opening an artistic retreat

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Expats in France

Brit Amanda Pattinson and her husband moved to a small village near Eymet in Dordogne in October 2016 from where she runs her online business selling handmade chocolates

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Dordogne

For Dick Schrader the only way to get his perfect French property was to build it from scratch. He explains how he went about buying a plot of land, designing and building his house in Lot

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Midi-Pyrenees

Why I love living in Paris

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Uncovering a new side to Paris is at the heart of Lindsey Tramuta’s blog Lost in Cheeseland. She explains why Paris is her dream place to live

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Paris

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