Busted!

We lift the lid on some com­mon French prop­erty myths

French Property News - - Front Page -

We all have our fixed ideas about France, which is what makes our as­sis­tant ed­i­tor Ruth’s ‘myth­bust­ing’ ar­ti­cle this month so fas­ci­nat­ing. Hands up who thought you need to head south for the sun or that Dor­dogne is full of Brits? Turn to page 26 to find out why you’re wrong. Another as­sump­tion many peo­ple make is that only a house will do when look­ing for a prop­erty across the Chan­nel – but an apart­ment can be a bet­ter choice for so many rea­sons, as our staff writer So­phie found out (see p34). Some­times you have to take a brave leap into the dark, and 28 years ago, reader Deb­bie Folkes did just this. In the same year as this very mag­a­zine was founded, she and her hus­band fell in love with a house in Nor­mandy and bought it al­most on the spot – she loves it just as much to­day; read her story on p74. Our real life sto­ries are al­ways so in­spir­ing – this month we also find out about the Alpine home of Can­dia Lu­tyens, grand­daugh­ter of ac­claimed ar­chi­tect Sir Ed­win Lu­tyens (p60), and ex­plore a gor­geous Bri­tish-owned house on the banks of the River Or­bieu in La­grasse, Aude (p42). Mean­while, on the prac­ti­cal side, turn to p46 for ad­vice on drains; it may well chal­lenge some of your pre­con­cep­tions about where waste water dis­ap­pears to in France!

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