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Best Places to Buy a Holiday Home in France

While relocating permanently can be a huge, complex decision, buying a holiday home is often a more manageable solution. If you’ve had your heart set on owning a home in France, there are plenty of locations that are easy to get to when you have free time.

villa in ANTHEOR

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5 of the Most Romantic Cities in France to Buy Property

When it comes to finding the perfect location for a new home or property investment, atmosphere plays a big role. If you dream of a peaceful, laid back and romantic lifestyle, then France is the perfect place to be – it’s considered to be one of the world’s most romantic countries in the world, and not just because of the alluring language.

5 of the Most Romantic Cities in France to Buy Property

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What makes the perfect luxury waterfront property on the French Riviera

It goes without saying that a panoramic sea view is essential for the perfect luxury waterfront property on the Riviera, but what else is necessary? Private beach access, an infinity pool and a Jacuzzi? That’s just the start…

What makes the perfect luxury waterfront property on the French Riviera

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From the chic beaches in Cannes to the glamorous jet-set fishing village of Saint Tropez, the French Riviera is home to some of the most popular holiday resorts in the world. In fact, more than 11 million visitors flock to the Côte d’Azur each year. Continue reading

Top 5 châteaux in South West France

Dreaming of having your very own a fairy tale château in the French countryside? Make the dream a reality by buying one of these stunning properties in South West France

Top 5 châteaux in South West France

There are an estimated 40,000 châteaux in France, and in South West France there are plenty of properties that can be picked up for under €1 million.

The level of renovation, size and facilities all have a bearing on how much investment will need to be put into the property. However, sometimes (as this selection shows) you can just move straight in and get down to business.

Châteaux are renowned for having exquisitely attractive exteriors, vast landscaped grounds with mature sweeping driveways, wonderful period features and spacious interiors.

If you are looking to buy a château in South West France, these five French properties, which are currently on the market, will give you a taste of just how much the market has to offer at the moment. Continue reading

Why the Lot should be top of your house-hunting list in France

The enchanting Lot has many luxury properties for sale that are usually better value for money than those in neighbouring departments, such as the popular Dordogne

Pont Valentré in Cahors, capital of the Lot department

Recently tipped as one of the “safest spaces in Europe” to buy property in The Times, the Lot, which neighbours the Dordogne department, is just as enthralling – if not more so.

“While the Dordogne famously has towns such as Eymet, where almost half of the population is British, the neighbouring Lot is less well known, despite being equally beautiful,” Tim Swannie, Director of Home Hunts, told The Times. “It’s a peaceful region with stunning scenery and rolling countryside.” Continue reading

Best Places to Buy Property in the French Alps

Homes in the French Alps offer a lot more than just fantastic, world renowned skiing. Alpine resorts have a lot going for them, from high-end restaurants and shopping to exciting nightlife. To help you choose where you should call “home” – or at least “home away from home” – consider these five areas of the Alps, based on what’s most important to you.

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The Best Places to Buy a Second Home in the French Countryside

Where can you find a good-value property in France and immerse yourself in holiday heaven? Here are some of the best places to buy a second home in the French countryside

The Best Places to Buy a Second Home in the French Countryside

The terrain of the glorious French countryside varies greatly from region to region. This can often be a surprise when travelling around the country as it can often change far more rapidly than you would expect.

If you want to be surrounded by vineyards, it’s better to go for an AOC appellation where beautiful scenery will go hand in hand with delicious local wine.

For mountain views you could head towards the Alps or the Pyrénées, or for seascapes you could look in Gironde near Bordeaux, the Riviera or the Aude in Languedoc.

Here you’ll also find the wild natural surroundings and scrubby Mediterranean vegetation known as “garrigue”, hilltop castle ruins and medieval villages, as well as thousands of acres of verdant, majestically-aligned vineyards. Continue reading

4 Essential Tips to Help Make Your Holiday Home Pay

With its warm Mediterranean beaches and picture-perfect Alpine lodges, year-round outdoor sports and cultural festivities, and the finest cuisine, wine and fashion in the world, living in France is an unsurprising dream for many. If you’re not able to relocate full-time, though, you may want to buy a holiday property that you can escape to whenever you find the time.

However, when you’re not using your new holiday home, what do you do with it? Many people consider renting it to tourists so that they can make some extra income and make the property pay for itself. In order to do this, keep these tips in mind when you’re in the house hunting stage.

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