Great ex­pec­ta­tions...

Living France - - EDITOR'S LETTER -

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.

I hope you en­joy this is­sue, and if you’d like to let us know what you think, please do join us on Twit­ter (@Liv­ingFrance) and Face­book (face­­ingfrancemagazine), or write to us at the ad­dress over­leaf.

Vicky Leigh, Deputy Editor

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