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Most people have a plan when it comes to finding their ideal property in France. Living France’s new columnist, Janine Marsh, did not.

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Renovating and living in a vast château by herself wasn’t the original plan for the owner of Le Vieux Château in Le Renouard, Basse-Normandie, but taking a brave leap into the unknown has definitely paid off

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Does the reality live up to the dream? We catch up with expats Laura and Rowan Wickham to find out how they’re getting on running a gîte business in Charente

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Sam Thomas and her husband Jon Dredge are enjoying quality family time with their son after moving to Morzine to start their own luxury chalet business

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His chambres d’hôtes renovation continues and the builders are making progress, but Ian Moore soon learns there’s never a dull moment when communicating in a second language

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Ian Moore

She made an impulsive decision to move to Limousin 10 years ago and a decade and five children later, Gillian Harvey has no regrets about jumping in feet first. In fact, she couldn’t be happier

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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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