New faces, same pas­sion for all things French at The France Show

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French food, celebrity speak­ers and thou­sands of prop­er­ties drew vis­i­tors from all over the world to Lon­don as The France Show re­turned to Olympia in Jan­uary.

Award-win­ning Amer­i­can blog­ger and writer Lind­sey Tra­muta spoke about her idyllic­sound­ing life in the French cap­i­tal and snuck in tips on the best places to grab cock­tails, while Hol­ly­wood ac­tress Celia Im­rie shared her love of Nice and Chang­ing Rooms star Anna Ry­der Richard­son showed us the ruin she’s plan­ning to do up in Lot-et-garonne.

One cou­ple flew all the way from Los An­ge­les to lis­ten to Ja­nine Marsh, au­thor of The Good Life France blog, who en­ter­tained ev­ery­one with sto­ries about the 14 years she and her hus­band spent ren­o­vat­ing their home in north­ern France.

Thou­sands of house­hunters flocked to the se­cond floor to browse prop­er­ties, talk to es­tate agents, lawyers and cur­rency ex­perts and to at­tend the many free sem­i­nars. Ed­ward Lan­dau of Agence Le Bon­heur said he’d had a record num­ber of en­quiries while Jeanne Bo­den of the La Du­rantie es­tate in Tarn said lots of vis­i­tors from last year had re­turned to make firm ap­point­ments to see her lux­ury vil­las.

Char­ente Im­mo­bilier’s stand was swamped fol­low­ing the agency’s sem­i­nar on the key steps to buy­ing prop­erty in France. And by Satur­day lunchtime, Beaux Vil­lages Im­mo­bilier had re­ceived as many en­quiries as they’d ex­pected to have for the whole week­end. The es­tate agency launched a new sis­ter site af­ford­able­france. co.uk at the show, fo­cus­ing on prop­er­ties that cost no more than €250,000. “We’ve had mas­sive in­ter­est,” said mar­ket­ing direc­tor Julie Sav­ill. “Not all of us have château bud­gets, but even with a small bud­get you can get some­thing lovely in France.” For many, The France Show is the start­ing point of a French prop­erty ad­ven­ture as Judie Thom­son com­mented on Face­book: “Eigh­teen years ago, we came, saw the agent we were go­ing to buy through and have had a place [in Basse-nor­mandie] in France ever since! We moved there in 2002 and came back to the UK in 2010. It’s now a won­der­ful hol­i­day home.” Ian and Juli­ette Rus­sell are France Show vet­er­ans, hav­ing come sev­eral years in a row as they love get­ting a taste of French cul­ture in Lon­don. “It’s nice walk­ing around the mar­ket with all the wine and cheese and mu­sic; it brings back mem­o­ries of our hol­i­days,” Juli­ette said. “But we also like the prop­erty floor, see­ing what’s on the mar­ket and go­ing to all the sem­i­nars. There’s some­thing for ev­ery­body.” The north Lon­don cou­ple hope one day to buy a prop­erty in France, per­haps in a Char­ente vil­lage or town such as Cognac. The next prop­erty ex­hi­bi­tion will take place at Wetherby race­cource, in York­shire, on 19-20 May

Juli­ette and Ian Rus­sel at The France Show

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