LIZ’S TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL MOVE TO FRANCE
there’s no shortage of grass and we make our own hay so they are actually very cheap to run, and useful in that they do graze and keep the grass down,” she says.
But what Mel and Liz want to share with their guests most of all is the Parc National du Mercantour itself. Created in 1979 and still one of the least-known national parks in France, it is a tranquil Alpine oasis.
“It’s unspoilt; it’s easy to get to; it’s unique,” says Liz. “You’ve got Provence to the west, Italy to the east, the Alps to the north, and the Mediterranean to the south, but there is a remoteness here and you can go out for a whole day and see nobody.”
In today’s busy world, it’s safe to say that there are few things as precious as this cherished chance of solitude, and the good news is that Liz and Mel will be waiting with a warm welcome to their secret corner of France for many years to come. space-between.co.uk
Buying a house – although having a survey is much less common in France, it is worth spending an hour of your time with the planners in the town hall to check there are no restrictions to your house plans, or building projects.
“It’s unspoilt and it’s easy to get to; but there is a remoteness here; you can go out for a whole day and see nobody”
Planning to retire – check out the best options for your retirement pot, possible tax implications for having a second home in France, then do learn French and get to know your neighbours.
Working in France – life is relatively easy if you are employed but if you do decide to risk the joys of self-employment, take advice from someone who has lived in France and knows the ropes; make sure that you are meeting all the legal requirements and are completing all the relevant paperwork; be entirely realistic with a modest business plan; and have sufficient funds to cover at least five years of living without any revenue. This will help relieve any undue stress.