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Living France - - Decouvrez - Lil­ian Llewellyn Swansea

The lat­est edi­tion of Liv­ing France ar­rives through the let­ter box bring­ing with it our monthly fix of France and a chance to con­nect with our French house. We started our sub­scrip­tion at the be­gin­ning of our house hunt – two years of ups and downs, ex­cite­ment and dis­ap­point­ment. We spent 20 years dream­ing of Pont-l’Abbé, but we bought our Brit­tany house in Plougas­nou, a place we’d never vis­ited.

In be­tween our house-view­ing trips, the monthly scour­ing of Liv­ing France for hints, tips and inspiration kept us go­ing. By the day we col­lected our keys from the no­taire, I knew parts of the prop­er­ty­buy­ing sec­tion off by heart.

Three years later, the house is now fin­ished, but we can’t live there yet – we’ve bought in readi­ness for re­tire­ment. Our reg­u­lar pay cheques cush­ion the shocks of un­ex­pected bills and let­ting the prop­erty gen­er­ates a lit­tle in­come.

We may be house­hold­ers, but the magic re­mains – board­ing the ferry, the first sight of the rocky Breton coast, the first glimpse of the church spire in Plougas­nou, turn­ing into the nar­row lane that leads to the house.

Would I rec­om­mend buy­ing in France? Un­equiv­o­cally yes.

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