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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

As series four of Escape to the Château starts this weekend, the stars Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree reveal their tips and the lessons they learnt when renovating their French château

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charmaine Raubenheimer left her native South Africa for a new life running a gîtes business in Bouches-du-Rhône in 2011. She explains what she loves about living in Provence

You’ve read plenty about moving to France as a couple or family but what if you are on your own? Can it still work? Meet a Brit who moved on her own and has no regrets

Find out how a British family transformed a derelict château in Dordogne into this stunning home and B&B

Author Peter May explains how his real life French adventures have influenced his books and why he intends to see out his days in south-west France

Is it easier to live an environmentally friendly life in France? A British family share how they live and run a business in a sustainable way in Normandy

While the vote in favour of Brexit has made some British property buyers in France put their plans on pause, for others, like the Lunsford family, it has persuaded them to go ahead with their move to France

British author Beth Haslam shares her experience of searching for and buying a property in France

Normandy is a popular areas with Brits because of its close proximity to the UK but what is it really like to live there?

French school children can expect healthy three-course meals for lunch and Gillian Harvey believes that these school dinners have given her children a varied diet and a good attitude to food

Diane married a Frenchman and moved from New Jersey to the Loire Valley and she reveals her experience of buying a property and living in France as an American

If you’ve moved to France, you’ve probably started integrating into French life and adapating to the products you find here. But there will always be those little things you miss from the UK. These are some of the common British products you won’t find in France

Paul Jack and his partner Mark live in St-Antonin-Noble-Val in south-west France and they reveal why they love all of the different seasons in France

Helen Skelton recently moved to Canet-Plage near Perpignan after her husband, rugby league player Richie Myler, signed with the Catalan Dragons. She reveals why it the perfect place for her and her young family to live

First-time buyer Sam Cash couldn’t afford to buy a property in London but found that he could buy a renovation project in the south of France which he has transformed into this stunning house

Leslie Rayney and Teo Leyssen enjoy a serene, rural lifestyle in the Ardèche mountains. This sounds idyllic and is a dream for many but what is it really like to live in the middle of nowhere in France?

Paul Jack and his partner Mark moved to St-Antonin-Noble-Val in July 2015 and opened their own chambres d’hôtes business in August. They reveal what it is like to run a B&B in France all year round

Chris Millinship has had many guests stay at his B&B in Dordogne, but none quite as famous as James Martin, who stayed with Chris during his popular television series

British expat Rosie Hill grows a variety of fruit and vegetables in her Normandy garden that she uses to cook for the family throughout the year

Life in France has turned out to be very different to how she thought it might be, but for mum-of-five, Gillian Harvey, living in this rural heartland couldn’t be better

When Britain leaves the EU will Brits living in France need to apply for residency and work visas, be able to access healthcare and vote in local elections? Will Brits still be able to retire in France? As Article 50 is triggered, we try and answer these questions

From city life to countryside living, these expat blogs offer an interesting insight into life in France with lots of advice for others moving to France

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