The Good Life France Magazine

The Good Life France Magazine brings you the best of France - inspirational and exclusive features, fabulous photos, mouth-watering recipes, tips, guides, ideas and much more...

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1 year ago

Issue No. 14

From Paris to the Loire Valley, and everywhere in between, how to live like a millionaire in Nice on a budget, French island hopping, a fairy tale chateau and Monet's Garden in Giverny. Everything you want to know about France and more.

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Tell us a little about your job... Every client is different and when they are looking for a home – be it a permanent move or a holiday residence – I really enjoy spending a bit of time finding out what they like doing and what is motivating their move. The most recent sale I handled is a new home for a British couple who have just purchased a gorgeous gite complex close to Richelieu. That moment in the notaire’s office when everyone shakes hands and congratulates each other is always feels so full of emotion – the end of a long journey in some ways, and the brink of a new adventure; that for me is the satisfaction of a job well done! What 3 key pieces of advice do you give to your clients when they’re looking for property in the area? To visit a few properties on the same day – you might love the first one but a comparison point is always useful To do your second visit at a different time of day, when the light, the traffic etc might be different To keep your mind open for a compromise – sometimes people have such long lists of criteria they rule out a property that could have been (almost) perfect!

FIND YOUR DREAM HOME IN THE LOIRE VALLEY Once the hunting grounds of the French kings and noblemen, the Loire Valley is a treasure trove of chateaux and historic monuments and many stunning historic palaces including Azay le Rideau, Villandry and Langeais. However the area’s appeal doesn’t stop there: if fantastic wineries, wonderful fresh food and a laid back pace of life float your boat, this is the spot! The meandering Loire and Vienne rivers are close by, cycling along the towpaths, canoeing and fishing not to mention leisurely boat cruises are available here all year round. Fabulous medieval towns (Chinon, Bourgueil, Saumur) a-plenty, most of them with weekly markets, a haven for slow-food afficionados. If you plan a life/work balance, the tourism sector is vibrant here (gite rentals and B&B/restaurant opportunities) and many people commute successfully to the UK by air from Poitiers or Tours (both have regular flights to Stansted) or by TGV high speed train which serves Tours in under an hour from Paris. Enjoy the wonderful views across medieval Chinon from this spacious fully renovated 2 bedroom 2 bathroom home Click here for more details €199 000 Gorgeous Presbytery about 10 minutes from Chinon in pretty village with pool and gardens... Click here for more details €499 000 €1 099 500 Stunning Manor house in impeccable condition, with gardens, pool and truffle orchard - irresistible! Click here for more details Click here to see Charlotte's portfolio of gorgeous properties in the Loire Valley

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