A whiff of French air

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It’s not just sounds that might af­fect your French prop­erty choice! “We went to view a beau­ti­ful cot­tage in Brit­tany only to dis­cover it was op­po­site a dairy farm. The smell was over­pow­er­ing and I bet we would have got flies in the sum­mer. I no­tice that it’s still on the mar­ket,” says Ruth Wood, FPN assistant editor. “Goats are prob­a­bly the smelli­est of the farm an­i­mals, and, with cat­tle and goats, flies can be a nui­sance,” says Mary Hall, a prop­erty man­ager in Lot. “Liv­ing near a farm not only means deal­ing with the smells and an­i­mal noises but can also in­crease the num­ber of flies in your house. This can be­come a real nui­sance and a hot topic on fo­rums in sum­mer,” says Made­line Ave­son, of Aquitaine Lifestyle So­lu­tions. “Re­mem­ber that Brit­tany is an agri­cul­tural re­gion do­ing more than its fair share of feed­ing the whole coun­try; so coun­try­side and farm­ing smells are a given,” say Chris and Micki Slade of A House in Brit­tany. “Since we have lit­tle traf­fic here in the Seven Val­leys, Hauts-de-france, [chick­ens] and cows cross­ing the road are the only cause of a traf­fic jam in my vil­lage,” says Ja­nine Marsh of The Good Life France blog.

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