The department of Tarn certainly has a reputation to live up to, being home to France’s favourite village in 2014, Cordes-surCiel, and situated in the region that was named as the best place to live in France in the same year. And it more than lives up to it too, as you’ll discover on page 18. Expats Steve and Janine Bunce have found it to be the perfect place to raise their three children (p26), and with picture-perfect villages and property prices below the national average, it’s easy to see why Tarn is so attractive.
Of course it’s not just the south-west that has such appeal. British buyers have been drawn across the Channel in their thousands for many years now, and if you’re looking for the support and friendship of a local expat community when you make your own move, we reveal where you should be house-hunting on page 44.
If you’re still undecided on the location of your new home in France, renting over the winter could be the ideal way to try before you buy (p78). After all, if you like an area on a cold grey day in December then you’re sure to love it on a sunny day in July!
For many people, part of the appeal of moving to France is the promise of a change of lifestyle. The expats we meet on page 34 have certainly embraced the opportunity to pursue their passions, and have even forged new careers as a result.
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Vicky Leigh, Deputy Editor