Moving to France

The attractions of moving to or buying a second home in France are obvious. The lifestyle, the space, the climate and the price of property make for a combination that is hard to beat.


However, many people are deterred from buying by fear, such as fear of different systems and regulations, fear of being “ripped off” and generally just fear of the unknown. There is now a way around these fears through a service offering information, education and a “helping hand” to guide you through the whole daunting process.


Fran and James Colling moved with their young children to the Vend�ee in western France over six years ago.

“We just wanted a fresh start and the Vend�ee, with its fabulous beaches and micro-climate, seemed the perfect solution”, says Fran. “It is a fantastic place to live and bring up a family. The boys are now all fully bi-lingual and as a result I think their career prospects are greatly enhanced.”


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However, moving to a new country was a challenge.

“There was so much to learn, so many different rules and regulations I wish we had known about before we moved,” says Fran. ”For example, getting the Carte Vitale has been a must and saved us a lot of money, particularly with small children.”


They have been through the process of buying and selling property in France and of setting up their lives in a new country. Now they are passing on their experience through their “Help to move to France” service (


“I think we have made most of the mistakes you can in buying property in France,” says James. “It is a different system from that in the UK and can be equally frustrating. We can now pass on our experience to make sure new buyers from abroad are safe and in control of the process. I can guarantee course participants will save themselves considerable heartache and an awful lot of money by attending our week long course.”


“Help to move to France” is a comprehensive service that covers all the things you need to know before taking the plunge into the French property market and lifestyle. It covers:


Medical services including regular prescriptions and obtaining the Carte Vitale medical card.


Finding the right house to buy at the right price. The buying process and how it works. Meeting the notaire to sign the purchase agreement Safeguarding your deposit Dealing with builders and obtaining quotes Connecting utilities to your home and television and phone services Where to buy building materials and value for money


French taxes and accounts Insurance - medical, buildings with contents and car Business registrations Opening a French bank account and transferring money from the UK Retiring to France and pensions


French language translations and help with registrations and learning French Living in France and the culture Meeting the Mairie


Moving children to France and the French education system


Registering and buying a car in France and insurance


Moving animals to France and French vets Removals and storage facilities

All this is delivered through a week long immersion course in France.

Everything is included on a dinner bed and breakfast basis within your stay and also three trips to much acclaimed restaurants within the region and so all you need to do is turn up and enjoy whilst learning about life in France. We also can collect clients from local airports and so it really is simple.


You stay in one of James and Fran’s beautiful g�tes in the pretty village of Thouarsais Bouildroux in the heart of the southern Vend�ee. This is well placed for the fabulous pine forests and sandy beaches of the coast. So, as well as preparing you for a new life in France, you also can have a wonderful week in the fabulous Vend�ee.


“We take the fear out of moving to France,” says James. “ If you don’t know what you are doing it can be a costly business, but with our support it should be plain sailing.”


Previous clients are fulsome in their praise:


“I finally moved to France in January after putting it off for years. The French systems all seemed to be so confusing and frankly I didn’t have the confidence to make the move. Fran and James’s service was superb and after it I knew exactly what I had to do and what to expect. I thoroughly recommend their course.”

David Shearer


“We have learnt so much. They helped us every step of the way and continue to support us as we embark upon our new life in France.”

Ingrid Stewart

So the message is, don’t be put off moving to France. There is support available to make your dreams of a new life come true.

If you have any questions or wish to book a place on a course at please contact Fran and James directly via e mailing or by telephone in France on 0033 251522672 or UK mobile 07721 332131.