In the long run

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I was leaf­ing through an old copy of the mag­a­zine and came across Home Thoughts. In the ar­ti­cle, Ge­orge East men­tions a friend who loves France and has vis­ited lots of times but would never want to own a prop­erty there. He cited the costs in­volved, but said that the main rea­son was that he wouldn’t want to keep re­turn­ing to the same place for hol­i­days when his great plea­sure was to go some­where un­fa­mil­iar a cou­ple of times a year. Ge­orge had his own views on why, on the con­trary, he loved own­ing a prop­erty in France but I would like to add mine. I don’t know the age of the gentleman in ques­tion but I would say that if you are near­ing re­tire­ment there’s noth­ing nicer than be­ing able to spend as much time as you like in your hol­i­day home (in our case, four to five months). We cer­tainly couldn’t af­ford to go on hol­i­day for that length of time. And then there’s the op­por­tu­nity to build up mean­ing­ful re­la­tion­ships by see­ing the same peo­ple ev­ery year. True friend­ships can’t be rushed. We’re lucky enough to be in­vited to wed­dings (and fu­ner­als) in our vil­lage. But I would say that it’s im­por­tant to choose wisely – don’t be too far from ameni­ties, make sure there are places of in­ter­est nearby to be vis­ited. As for the cost, well that de­pends on your bud­get of course, but re­mem­ber that your hol­i­day home will be an in­vest­ment. We’re lucky enough to be able to still travel to dif­fer­ent places oc­ca­sion­ally but our great­est plea­sure is ex­plor­ing France, us­ing our home (pic­tured left) as a base. Some­one once said that if France were on the other side of the world, it would be a prized des­ti­na­tion for which we would pay dearly to visit. Well it isn’t, it’s just across the Chan­nel and we’re so happy to own a small slice of it. Lavinia Of­ford


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