THOUGHTS from the PIGEONNIER

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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.

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