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Caractacus

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2,426 posts

111 months

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Hi All,

The good Mrs and I are looking at moving to France in the next 12 months and I just wondered where and how far and wide the French PH Legion are (just being nosey, basically!).

All going well a property recce holiday will be on the cards in September (three weeks - ish) so if any of you can give any estate agents the thumbs up, that would also be superb.

Cheers,

C. smile

Le Pop

2,127 posts

120 months

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Tuesday 5th June 2012 quote quote all
Whereabouts are you looking?

We've been in lower Normandy (just above Mayenne) for about two and a half years full-time, but bought in 2007. Love it, but I sometimes miss English pubs. You can either be a part of the expat community or become French, or a bit of both like us... your choice!

Good luck with your move. As a first port of call use www.french-property.com ...


Edited by Le Pop on Tuesday 5th June 09:24

Caractacus

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2,426 posts

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Le Pop said:
Whereabouts are you looking?

We've been in lower Normandy (just above Mayenne) for about two and a half years full-time, but bought in 2007. Love it, but I sometimes miss English pubs. You can either be a part of the expat community or become French, or a bit of both like us... your choice!

Good luck with your move. As a first port of call use www.french-property.com ...


Edited by Le Pop on Tuesday 5th June 09:24
Hi smile

Funnily enough one of the areas we feel would suit well is where you are (Mayenne area/Normandy/Brittany), however we are also looking further south and not too far from the coast. That said, I realy don't mind where in (rural) France we end up. Essentially we will be semi-retired and just kicking back and enjoying life as the plan is to sell here, spend far less in France and live off the income of UK owned rental properties.

Thanks for the link, too.

Cheers,

C.


Perik Omo

228 posts

34 months

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Tuesday 5th June 2012 quote quote all
We bought in 2004 and permanently in June 2007. We're in the Limousin not far from Limoges and 10 mins from the Dordogne border in the Limousin-Perigord Natural Park. Only 4 houses in this hamlet and one of those is not occupied. Sitting here with a nice cuppa looking out of the window at some stunning scenery. We were quite lucky with our agent as she was very good but has since retired. Other agents around here are Bourse in Chalus, Peylet also in Chalus and Leggett Immo in Oradour-sur-Vayres. We bought a derelict cottage with some outbuildings and a barn and about 16 acres of ground. Did the cottage first and moved into that whilst we did the barn, turning that into a 300m sq 4 bedroom house. No regrets so far but the bureaucracy can be a bit wearisome at times.

mogv8

818 posts

114 months

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Wednesday 6th June 2012 quote quote all
Perik Omo said:
We're in the Limousin not far from Limoges and 10 mins from the Dordogne border in the Limousin-Perigord Natural Park.
You must be within a few minutes from our holiday home (Cussac).

Great area for a petrol heads, although saturated with speed traps at the moment.

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racerbob

244 posts

66 months

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Wednesday 6th June 2012 quote quote all
I'm in the Morbihan, not too far from Vannes and the Gulf du Morbihan, great place to be, not too hot and never too cold, winters seem shorter here. been here 8 yrs full time, best thing I ever did, stress ? what's that then !!

Important to speak French though, or at least be willing to learn.

Perik Omo

228 posts

34 months

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Thursday 7th June 2012 quote quote all
"You must be within a few minutes from our holiday home (Cussac)."

Yes, Cussac is about 10 minutes away. We are in Lussac which is not far from Champsac.

Froggy porker

3,929 posts

127 months

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Thursday 7th June 2012 quote quote all
Have lived near to Versailles since 1998 but am now upping sticks, renting out house and moving to Florida for a few years. We'll think about coming back once the socialists have been chucked out ...... smile

Useful site for property hunting is seloger.com though it might not cater for non-french speakers.

rdjohn

1,217 posts

81 months

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Friday 8th June 2012 quote quote all
http://www.immobilier.notaires.fr/jahia/Jahia/lang...

Another useful site. You will eventually need a Notaire, but this site sometimes has more interesting propositions, building land etc.

My recommendation would be to decide on where you want to live first. Most importantly, remember the weather that you experience in September will not be at all representative of February. We first decided that we liked the Loire Valley in 1990, but it was only when we had decided how we would spend our winters, that I was happy to spend the summer months here from 2005.

France is different, we say that the best things about France are that it is like UK 30+ years ago, and the worst things about France are that it is like UK 30+ years ago.

boobles

13,750 posts

101 months

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Friday 8th June 2012 quote quote all
"Where are the French PH Massive" ?


Probably given up & surrendered! hehe




Caractacus

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2,426 posts

111 months

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Friday 8th June 2012 quote quote all
Thanks, John.

I know what you mean wrt the weather, etc.

TBH, we're in West Wales and don't mind the rain, but the friggin horse flies and midges here drive me nuts!

Ideally, warmer summers (actual sunshine would be nice) and snow for part of the winter would be great, as we enjoy the spectacle of each season.

Cheers,

C. smile

Le Pop

2,127 posts

120 months

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Friday 8th June 2012 quote quote all
rdjohn said:
France is different, we say that the best things about France are that it is like UK 30+ years ago, and the worst things about France are that it is like UK 30+ years ago.

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Caractacus

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2,426 posts

111 months

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Le Pop said:

yesbiggrin
Especially here - http://www.the-limousin.co.uk/index.htm

Sounds lovely smile

Should be heading over for a nosey in Sept...

Perik Omo

228 posts

34 months

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Friday 8th June 2012 quote quote all
If you are over in the first 2 or so weeks of September and feel like giving us a call then please do (let me know via PM). Unfortunately we're in the UK from the 20th Sept to 1st Octobber

Caractacus

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Perik Omo said:
If you are over in the first 2 or so weeks of September and feel like giving us a call then please do (let me know via PM). Unfortunately we're in the UK from the 20th Sept to 1st Octobber
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Will do - cheers smile

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Nobbles

393 posts

146 months

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Wednesday 13th June 2012 quote quote all
Just outside Lyon for me

D_I_A_B_L_O

346 posts

94 months

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Thursday 14th June 2012 quote quote all
Saone-et-Loire (71) 30 minutes West of Macon smile

lowdrag

6,833 posts

99 months

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Saturday 16th June 2012 quote quote all
Just SE of Le Mans for the last 13 years.

emss

40 posts

34 months

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Saturday 16th June 2012 quote quote all
Hi,

Near St Gilles Croix de Vie, Vendée.

About 2200 hours of sunshine a year, and sometimes storms during autumn, winter and early spring.

There's a british community with an active club called the Bridge, my girlfriend is regularly in touch with them as she's an english teacher.

Few british people pops up regularly on La Roche Sur Yon monthly car meeting, they all seem to enjoy living in Vendée.

As a former inhabitant of Brittany, the flat landscape of the west of the county saddens me, I'd really like to get the best of both, Brittany countryside & Vendée climate.

Éric Masson. French, nobody's perfect wink

Caractacus

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Hi

Nice to see you all popping up and saying hello on the thread. Thanks for the comments wrt climate/sunshine too.

Sept is still on the cards - really looking forward to it.

Cheers,

C. smile
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