Real Life

When Sheryl Mills turned 50 she moved her life and antiques business from rural Herefordshire to rural Mayenne, and her decision has proved to be more midlife miracle than midlife crisis

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Australian couple Philip and Janet Barnard-Brown moved to Château de la Fare in Gard after living in the UK for nearly 20 years, where Philip was senior coachman to the Queen

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Languedoc-Roussillon

Neasa and Laurent Miquel live with their two children in Languedoc, southern France, and make wines ‘with elegance and finesse’

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Anne MacColl-Turpin and her husband Jean-Louis wanted to use the barn at their home in Tarn-et-Garonne to do something purposeful – so they made their own French gin!

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Jessica Hammer runs Taste of Toulouse which offers tantalising food tours to help people discover the city’s rich culinary heritage and delicious produce

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Midi-Pyrenees

Although he had a long-held ambition to live abroad, Matthew Castle hadn’t considered moving to France until he discovered Carcassonne, where he now shares a home with his partner and runs gîtes

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Expats in France

Trish and Mark Tyler run a beautifully restored chambres d’hôtes set in six hectares of park and woodland in Saint-Quentin-de-Caplong which has a fascinating history

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Aquitaine

Private chef and author Lisa Baker Morgan left a legal career in pursuit of her passions for food and French culture and has written about her experiences in Paris, Part Time

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Ile-de-France

Interior designer Benji Lewis tells us how lockdown inspired his new online design service Zoom That Room and why he loves French properties – especially his own in Landes

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Dick and Angel Strawbridge are back on our screens with a new DIY series tackling dream projects at their château in France and offering advice to others

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London doctors and wine enthusiasts Paul Jenkins and Paul Jarman bought a unique vineyard in Hérault in 2018 and have now launched a new organic rosé

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Conversations with the regular deliverymen is a highlight of life in France’s small rural communes, explains Janine Marsh

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Expat Helena Woods lives in Strasbourg with her husband Alex where she specialises in lifestyle family photography

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Alsace

Sharon and Andrew moved to the village of Corrèze in 2017 and have been enjoying the slow lifestyle while renovating their house into a gîte and chambre d’hôtes

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Rebecca Devaney moved from Ireland to Paris where she qualified as an haute couture embroiderer and now shares her passion through her guided tours and workshops in the city

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Mick and Carole Williams live in the coastal city of La Rochelle, just across the water from their holiday let in Sainte-Marie-de-Ré, one of the oldest villages on the idyllic Île de Ré

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Aquitaine

Life in the vineyards of Aude is a dream come true for Leicestershire-born Katie Jones who now successfully exports her wines back to the UK

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Roxanna McDonald has owned Château du Breuil, in Indre-et-Loire, for 30 years and is passionate about preserving the historic building. Guests are able to rent a wing in the oldest part of the castle which dates back to the 15th century

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Rip Hopkins and his French partner Pauline de La Boulaye bought a three-storey cottage in the fishing port of Mèze as a family holiday home, which they also rent out to guests

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Languedoc-Roussillon

As her debut novel is published, Gillian Harvey reflects on how life in rural France gave her the career she always wanted while also preparing her for lockdown

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