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Expats 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

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

Stars of the Channel 4 series, A New Life in the Sun, Lyndsay and Richard Watterson, took a break from their filming schedule to reveal how setting up a gîte business in France made them stars of the screen...

Having lived in France for 20 years, Mark Sampson and his family decided to celebrate by becoming French citizens. He explains the process for those thinking of doing the same

A British couple reveal how they welcomed TV chef James Martin into their B&B in southern France and came to have a starring role in his new TV programme James Martin’s French Adventure

British expat Katherine Forshaw has found that the seasons in France are more pronounced than the UK and that she needs to be careful what she plants and when

A love of food and wine inspired two expat couples to set up a business running gourmet weekends and wine tours in Dordogne - find out how they did it

After living in France for several years, Ian Moore finds that people are turning to him for advice but he doesn’t know the answers!

When moving to France, many parents have concerns about how their children will cope learning French, we asked two experts whether there is an optimum age to move and how you can help your children learn

It’s not just the lack of turkey and Brussels sprouts that makes Christmas in France a different affair, says Gillian Harvey

Ian Moore ensures British Christmas traditions are observed while enjoying Christmas in France with his wife’s French family

Escape to the Château is back on our screens. We caught up with the stars of the show, Dick and Angel to find out what they’ve been up to since we last saw them

Across Provence traditional santons start to appear in homes and at Christmas markets. Carol Drinkwater explains what these figures are and how they came to be a Provençal Christmas tradition

Think a fairy tale castle in the French countryside is out of your reach? You could be surprised, just as Dick Strawbridge and his wife Angel were when they bought a grand château in the Loire Valley

As Gillian Harvey explains the concept of Bonfire Night to her baffled French neighbours, she realises how much she enjoys the best of both French and English culture

The 15-year-rule will be scrapped by 2020 meaning British citizens living abroad will keep the right to vote in UK elections for life

It’s la rentrée in France and British expat Gillian Harvey is planning how to spend her time now she has waved another of her children off to French school

Despite Brexit and the uncertainty about the rights of British people in France, this expat family have decided to stay in Morbihan – find out why and the precautions they are taking

British expats Jo and Jonathan Turner bought a plot of land in Normandy and built themselves an eco-friendly house on a low budget. Find out how they did it

Exposed stone walls, wooden beams, brocante finds, period furniture and finishing touches... These stunning interiors will make you fall in love with a classic French style

Travelling on a budget, holidaying as a family, visiting Paris and Provence, and lots of beautiful photos of France – these are our favourite travel blogs about France to read

With hamburgers and cappuccinos appearing on menus, France was just about embracing global culture. But will Brexit change this? Paris-based writer Stephen Clarke hopes not

With the arrival of summer, Gillian Harvey takes time to appreciate what’s on her doorstep in the Limousin

Running a B&B is hard work, especially during the peak summer season, but these tips from other chambres d’hôtes owners will help you survive the summer and make sure your busy months are a success

Being prepared for the shops to be shut on public holidays in France has taken some getting used to for mum-of-five Gillian Harvey, who now happily embraces family time over convenience shopping

Does a Brexit from the EU mean that British expats in France will lose the rights and benefits they currently enjoy? We examine some of the issues at stake

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

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