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13 discoveries about life in France from Living France's Autumn issue

PUBLISHED: 09:12 28 August 2019 | UPDATED: 09:28 02 September 2019

The Autumn issue of Living France is out now

The Autumn issue of Living France is out now

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In the Autumn 2019 issue of Living France we explore Marne, home of champagne, take a look at some northern port-towns and properties near them, and our muse takes hold as we speak to a woodworker in Vienne and the owners of a creative retreat in Nérac

Discover a Champagne lifestyle in Marne (c) southtownboy / Getty ImagesDiscover a Champagne lifestyle in Marne (c) southtownboy / Getty Images

1. Dom Pérignon (1638-1715) lived in the village of Hautvillers and dedicated his life to his faith and to perfecting champagne

We take an in-depth look at Marne, home of champagne, its towns and villages, what is like to move there and what types of properties are available to buy in the department.

2. A French country manoir can offer ample space to display antiques and art collected over the years

"I have always had magpie tendencies, but my style has evolved here" says Lora who, along with her partner Rob, owns this months À La Maison property.

3. Anyone who works or lives in France is eligible for state-assisted healthcare

Our Guide this month is to healthcare in France and covers pharmacies, eye specialists and dentistry.

Brad Quarless is a woodworker living in VienneBrad Quarless is a woodworker living in Vienne

4. Natural resources and an openness to self-taught artistry makes France a great place to be a wood sculptor

Woodworker Brad Quarless and his wife have had a warm welcome since they moved to Vienne.

5. There is a happy medium between a ready to move in new-build home and an old renovation project.

Find out all about the benefits of buying a property hors d'eau/hor d'air.

6. Raked up leaves can be used to make soil-enriching leaf mould for the garden

Sue Bradley discusses pelagoniums in her latest gardening column and shares her things to do in the garden this month.

Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue (c) Musat / Getty ImagesSaint-Vaast-la-Hougue (c) Musat / Getty Images

7. Normandy port, St-Vaast-la-Hougue won this years Village Préféré de Français (France's favourite village)

We explore this and other notable Normandy ports including Granville, Le Havre and Dieppe.

8. Picturesque Nérac and its château draw in artists and writers alike to capture the magic of the town

We talk to the owners of the creative retreat and contemporary art space Studio Faire.

9. Google Assistant is the world's top performing real-time voice translator

That is according to online platform One Hour Translation. Expand your vocabulary, discover the latest language-learning aids and have fun with our puzzles on this months language pages.

Thiviers Hotel work with a French chefThiviers Hotel work with a French chef

10. The right partnership can transform a new business in France

The owners of Thiviers Hotel offered a young French chef a space to run his own restaurant and it has been beneficial for everyone, not least the guests.

11. A buyer can set conditions when signing a property contract that allows them to withdraw from purchase if not met

Planning expert Arthur Cutler explains the process and pitfalls of a condition suspensive.

12. French mortgage rates are lower than ever and transaction numbers are on the rise

Read our property news pages for all the latest from the world of French property including a luxury French château that is now on Airbnb.

A Brittany home on agencenewton.comA Brittany home on agencenewton.com

13. There are some beautiful French homes within close proximity of the northern ferry ports

We round up our pick of six properties for sale in Normandy and Brittany.

If you want to read and learn more about life in France you can buy the Autumn 2019 issue of Living France here.

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