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Living France - - EDITOR'S LETTER -

The Loire Val­ley is famed for its en­chant­ing cas­tles and th­ese fairy-tale châteaux make this a truly mag­i­cal part of France. But they aren’t the only rea­son why it’s so spe­cial, as Peter Ste­wart dis­cov­ered dur­ing his visit. You can find out why he fell un­der the Loire Val­ley’s spell on page 18, and if you’re keen to be king of your own cas­tle in this lovely cor­ner of France you’ll find a se­lec­tion of prop­er­ties for sale to suit all bud­gets on page 26.

Per­haps you like the idea of liv­ing near a vine­yard to re­ally make the most of ev­ery­thing France has to of­fer? If so, you can sam­ple a taste of life in three of the coun­try’s fa­mous wine­mak­ing re­gions on page 42. Or per­haps you’re look­ing for a French home with plenty of char­ac­ter, so how about a water­mill? You’ll find our pick of six of the best mill prop­er­ties on the mar­ket to whet your ap­petite on page 72.

Mean­while on page 50, we ex­plain the re­cent changes to the French re­gional bound­aries and what they mean for life at a lo­cal level, while on page 76 our ex­pert ex­plains how to make a suc­cess of run­ning a busi­ness when you move across the Chan­nel.

As al­ways there are lots of in­spir­ing sto­ries from ex­pats who have al­ready made the move, from the cou­ple who started their own opera fes­ti­val in Maine-et-Loire (p28) to two pas­sion­ate gar­den­ers who found the out­side space they craved in Mor­bi­han and have watched their idea for an ed­i­ble gar­den grow into a flour­ish­ing busi­ness (p46).

We hope you en­joy the is­sue, and that the story of your own move to France has a very happy end­ing.

PS Do share your thoughts or con­cerns about a pos­si­ble Brexit by join­ing our con­ver­sa­tions on Face­book and Twit­ter.

Vicky Leigh, Deputy Editor

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