A whiff of French air
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.