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Do your re­search and make sure that the property you are in­ter­ested in is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble: close to an in­ter­na­tional air­port and with good road links.

Go to the re­gional tourist of­fice in the area you’ve iden­ti­fied and ask for the tourist sta­tis­tics – where the clients come from, where they stay, where they visit – for us it sealed the deal be­cause they were so promis­ing in this stun­ning part of Var.

Think care­fully about how long the sea­son is: you may see a bar for sale on the seafront but don’t forget, it’s a hol­i­day re­sort – it will be busy dur­ing the hol­i­days but dur­ing the win­ter there is of­ten no trade.

You have to be prac­ti­cal. You have to be able to do most of the work your­self.

The off-sea­son isn’t down­time. Valentina spends five months mar­ket­ing and I spend five months main­tain­ing the property.

Find a good French ac­coun­tant who un­der­stands this type of busi­ness for help and in­for­ma­tion on how to set up your com­pany in the most tax-ef­fi­cient way. sun­shine a year; but you do some­times think: ‘We could do this job some­where else.’ Once you’ve learned how to be hos­pitable to peo­ple and you know what they want and understand how to make them smile, then it’s a trans­portable skill.

“If some­one came along and made a sen­si­ble of­fer, you never know, we might take it. Hav­ing said that we really love it here; it is such a fan­tas­tic place to live.” www.bastideavel­

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