French Property Blog: Our Voice from France

Paws for thought? Life in France for pets

Pets are very much part of the family and also your new life in France. There are nearly as many pets in France as people – so here are some tips for bringing yours across the channel.

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The first thing to note is that dogs and cats must have an identifying tattoo on their ear, or an electronic chip, or the owner may be fined. If your pet has been microchipped in the UK, you will still need to register its identity with the French National Register (your French vet can help with this). Find a good vet by seeking recommendations and compare prices – some vets mark up medicines more than others – so have a look around. Vaccinations are not compulsory but if you travel around as well as an up to date passport, it is advisable that you do get certain jabs: distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, leptospirosis, kennel cough, rabies and babesiosis (dogs); and rabies, leucosis, typhus, chlamydia and flu for cats. Finally, the French have a great system on Facebook, Pet Alert, for finding missing pets.

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Taking a house tour around Le Tour!

July is all about the Tour de France and great swaths of France will be showcased across the world yet again. From Cherbourg down to the Pyrenees, the Languedoc and the Alps, we are truly spoilt for choice but here we choose three lovely properties on the route…

Close to Saumur in the Maine et Loire this is a trio of nicely renovated holiday cottages along with an owner’s house – great business opportunity!

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Near the historic city of Carcassonne in the Languedoc this is a beautiful three-bed villa with a pool in large peaceful grounds on the banks of the Lanquet River.

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Lovely large period apartment in the centre of the popular ski town of St Gervais Les Bains with two bedrooms, wood-burning stove, parking and close to ski lift. Truly a gem!

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http://www.frenchestateagents.com/french-property-for-sale/view/46803AM74/apartment-for-sale-in-saint-gervais-les-bains-haute-savoie-french-alps-france

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Have you considered…The Vendée?

Hundreds of sandy beaches, fabulous seafood, sailing and surfing, why not take a look at the Vendée in western France?

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The Vendee is a fabulous part of France with some great little port towns such as St Gilles Croix-de-Vie. There are watersports along the coastline with surfing meccas like Bretignoles-sur-Mer; the start of the Vendée Globe yacht race at Les Sables-d’Olonne and forest-lined beaches looking across to pretty islands (it’s not far from the chic Ile de Re either). You can reach the region by taking the ferry to St Malo (3 hours drive) or fly to Nantes, Poitiers or La Rochelle. And the property? The average price in the Vendée is €1,820/m², according to our agent Suzanne Goodall, and you can get a nicely renovated four-bed stone longere with a pool 30 minutes from the beach for €318,000. Find out more here.

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Vive la France! It’s Bastille Day

This month it’s party time across France with the biggest event of the year, Bastille Day on 14th. Also known as La Fête Nationale, it’s a huge celebration and a national holiday.

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So why and how? The day marks the storming of the medieval Bastille prison back in 1789, which was the pivotal event kicking off the French Revolution. A year later the “new start” of modern France with a constitutional monarchy was celebrated with a fete, and not includes one of the biggest military parades in Europe – along the Champs Elysees in Paris. There will be dances, music, and parades across France, including the balls that pompiers (the fire service) hold in their stations. Some people will spend the day having a celebratory meal with family and friends, whilst as dusk falls the Eiffel Tower will be lit up, firework displays will explode above Montmartre and the festivities will continue long into the night.

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Our team expands across France!

The quality and breadth of our network of agents across France makes us unique and we are always on the lookout for new talent.  

To find out more visit our recruitment page.

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The success of our latest recruitment drive means that we are expanding to bring you even more expert help in finding your ideal property, and in turn our pool of properties expands yet further.

Becoming an agent is a rewarding means of enjoying a great quality of life whilst earning an income and getting to know your region.

Since January we have taken on 135 new across France with Brittany and the Pyrenees proving the most popular regions. Eighteen agents have come from four events held in Provence-Alpes Cote d’Azur, Gironde and the Charente-Maritime, whilst from Niort in Deux-Sevres there was an amazing 35 sign-ups for our open day. Why not come and have a chat with our recruitment advisors at one of the autumn property exhibitions? We’ll be at the France Show in London (16th – 18th September), A Place in the Sun Live! at Birmingham’s NEC (23-25 September) or at their new venue of Glasgow (29-30th October).

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