THOUGHTS from the PIGEONNIER
What does the Good Life mean to you? Apart from the 1970s sitcom that is. Then, of course, it meant living off the land, even if that land was behind a semi in Surbiton. For many, buying a home in France today, especially those planning a full-time move, a garden, vegetable plot and chickens is likely to be part of the dream. Certainly country values and a more traditional way of life is a key part of the attraction of rural France. You don’t have to go the whole hog though, keeping pigs, sheep and cows – although in this Good Life special issue, we do look at what’s involved in buying a farm in France (p56). It could be simply changing your way of life by running a B&B with your partner (see p70) or buying fresh produce at a weekly market. It could be buying a home with enough land for your pets, or horses perhaps – all you need to know about moving with pets is on p32. Perhaps your Good Life dream is to live among the vineyards (p42) or even to buy a vineyard of your own (p46). ‘Going green’ is another important aspect of a modern Good Life, so don’t miss our feature on eco-friendly homes (p26), which looks at both new-builds and renovation projects. We’ve enjoyed putting together this special issue, we hope you enjoy reading it. And please do let us know what a Good Life in France means to you.