We lift the lid on some common French property myths
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!