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  1. Just to update and say we have found somewhere to rent in the Mayenne that will take us and the dogs. Just need to finalise the sale of our UK home now and we'll be off to La Belle France !
  2. We will be retiring to the Pays De la Loire this year. Our UK home is under offer and the legal stuff is progressing well. We want to rent somewhere in that area or Normandy / Brittany from approximately the end of September for around 3-4 months to allow us time to search for our new home. We have seven Belgian Shepherd dogs so need a rural place with a paddock for them to exercise in . Our dogs are crate trained and we will be bringing these with us .They are never left unsupervised and we will ensure that they will do no damage to the property. You can find out more about us and the dogs here : www.simplesite.com/grondemon
  3. Thanks for your replies - I guess I'll have to wait untill I can assess what soil type I'll be working with and be prepared to dig in lots of compost etc. I'm going to give it a go but substitute some plants with others . If it works I'll let you know !
  4. Hi all - we will be moving to the South West ( either the Dordogne or Lot regions ) later this year. I love gardening and our one here in the UK is full of the classic English Country garden plants. Could I recreate this look in our new French home ? . How do Delphiniums, Foxgloves, Aquilegias etc do in the South West, I'm guessing that roses and Lilies would do well but what about things like Hosta 's ? Or should I forget about this and go for a mediterranean look ? If so can you suggest plants that do well in this region ? Thanks !
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    Pet couriers ?

    Hi all , with our UK house now being under offer it's time to think about the logistics of moving ourselves , our 'stuff' and our 7 dogs across to the South West of France. Has anyone used a Pet travel company that they would reccommend ?
  6. Thanks Val, that's really useful information. Our plans are to rent initially for around 6 months to give us time to find the right place. We would need a very rural place with around 1 hectare of land, a decent sized outbuilding or garage and no near neighbours in any area of Aquitaine up to €250,000 to buy or € 800 per month to rent. The property does not need to be big but it does need to be in good condition.
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    Carte Vitale

    Thank you Tina & Norman - that's good news
  8. Thank you to everyone who has commented on my post. I guess we'll have to be prepared for colder weather than we had thought. We have incredibly recieved an offer on our UK house just one week after putting it on the market so things are progressing a bit faster than anticipated ! . We would like to go down the renting route but have a big problem. We are breeders of Belgian Shepherd Dogs here in the UK and have seven of them . We would need to find a rural property to rent with a barn or stables that could be used as kennels for the dogs - how feasible is this ?, and is there an agency that specialises in this type of property ?
  9. Hi all , it's been a long time since we started to think about a permanent move to France , but finally our UK house is on the market and we will be moving to France as soon as it's sold. We are thinking about the area around Cahors but are open to other suggestions. We have visited in late Spring and in the Summer and loved it but can anyone tell me what the average Winter is like in this area ?.
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    Carte Vitale

    We are planning to retire to France this year. My husband will be in receipt of the UK state pension by the time we move. Will he be entitled to the Carte Vitale and if so will that also cover me too ?
  11. Thanks to you all for your thoughts ...we've just returned from the French Championnat held at Marseilles and folk there said this Spring has been horrible so I guess even in Provence the sun cannot be guaranteed ! ....but I still reckon we'll have more of an out door lifestyle than here. We are returning to France later this year to have another look around and will certainly be renting first if we decide to make the move ....hubby was happy to practise his 'franglais' at the show and during the breed club ' get together' afterwards ( the wine helped ! ) Avec mes amities Yvonne
  12. Hi John Thanks for that .. renting first is a great idea but our problem is that we have 7 dogs and that might prove a bit of a problem when looking for somewhere to rent ! . We don't want anywhere too big but will need a bit of land to excercise the dogs on
  13. Hi ...hubby and I have finally retired and the old dream of moving to France has resurfaced but before we burn any bridges I'd be grateful for any advice etc from those that have already done it ! . Firstly finances ....we will have roughly 250,000 euros with which to buy a home and about 2,400 per month to live on , is this realistic ? We will have a fairly healthy 'rainy day ' pot for any unforeseen emergencies but don't want to dip into this for normal living expenses. Secondly ...where ? ...I know the weather can be variable but we'd like warmer Summers and more of an outdoor lifestyle , we were thinking of the South West ( the Lot, Charente, Gers etc ) but are open to any suggestions. We don't want to live in an English enclave and like rural rather than urban We have done some research about health insurance top up payments , is there anything else we will need to be thinking about ? . I speak and write fluent french ( mum was French) but hubby does'nt though is happy to learn , we already have many friends in France via our hobby ( we breed and show Berger Belge dogs) and I have relatives in Provence, Normandy and the Limousin so would have a network to 'tap into ' once we make the move . I'd be grateful for your honest thoughts and suggestions Thanks
  14. Thanks for the replies - my hubby is the one who is 60 and we have both paid our NI up to this year as employees - as for working of the two of us it would be me that stood the best chance of getting work but given the level of unemployment in France I guess it would be very difficult to find work and we are not counting on this as I do think we could manage on our pension with some back up savings 'just in case' - When we looked last year it was the sheer difficulty of finding health isurance for my husband that was the main stumbling block - I know  we could wait another 5 years or so and then be eligible for the French helath system but five years is a long time !! .   Can anyone help to solve our dilemma ?  ?   Yvonne
  15. Hi   I'm not sure where to put this so excuse me if this is not the right place. My hubby and I have been considering a move to France for over 5 years now - my mum came from Provence and I spent many happy months there as a child with my French relatives - we seriously looked at making the move last year but hit  a problem as my husband had a heart attack 8 years ago and is on daily medication and  we were worried about the cost of private health insurance . Mu mum died last year and I miss speaking french to her and the whole french way of life so much that I'd like to give another go at moving there.   Here is our situation - we are 55 and 60 respectively - and are fit and active ( hubby has had no further problems at all ) - we have a yearly pension of £18,000 and on the sale of our UK property will have a cash pot of around £325,000 - we would be looking to settle around the area area near Cahors - I have relatives near there and it's not quite as hot as Provence ( or as expensive ! ) - I understand and speak fluent french although my hubby does not - we already have good friends in France as well as my relatives.   Of course my relatives and friends say " come " - but I'm still worried about the cost of health insurance and the general cost of living given that we have a restricted budget to live on - I'd be grateful for your thoughts on the feasibility of our dreams ?   many thanks   Yvonne
  16. Thanks that's really helpful !!- I think it makes sense to rent for a while until we find our ideal place to buy for those of you interested in seeing our hairy beasties here they are ! www.simplesite.com/grondemon   Yvonne
  17. We would not wish to cause a nuisance to either any potential landlord or neighbour whch is why I thought of renting a small holding ( away from neighbours ! ) -  just finding out if anyone has done this ?     Yvonne
  18. We are planning to move permanently to France next Summer and although we hope to take several trips out over the next year to get a feel for places all the advice I read  is to rent and take our time before we make a decision and buy. Our problem is that we are breeders of Belgian Shepherd Dogs   and have 6 dogs of varying ages - I know how difficult it would be to find rental accomodation here in the UK with this number of dogs - is it any easier in France ? - I'm thinking we could perhaps find a smallholding or similar with a barn we could partition off for the dogs and with enough land to run them on  - so far we have narrowed our search down to the Lot or the Correze regions - - the alternative is for us to get a dog sitter here for a month and go out and hope to find something suitable to buy in that time .     Yvonne
  19. LOL - mais vraiment c'est bien !!!-- pour mois - je peu parlez assez facilement mais pour lire et sur toutes pour l'ecrire en Francais  il faut bien que je fais beaucoup  plus des efforts - merci Eric !     Yvonne
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    dog shows ?

    What is the show scene like in France - I know that there are Championnats held in every region but wondered if there is the equivalent of our Open or companion shows as well ?     Yvonne
  21. Hi again   Does anyone know what the area round  Beaulieu Sur Dordogne is like ? - we thought we might spend a week there this Summer - what are property prices like ? - any estate agent links ? thanks Yvonne
  22. Hi Folks An interesting if slightly worrying discussion - we really need to make sure that we have health insurance sorted out before we make the move - another questions and yes I know its the sort of " how long is a piece of string' type of question but ..... I would appreciate your thoughts on the right area too -the most important thing for us is the climate - we want long hot  summers and short sharp winters we DON'T want endless 'triste' days of rain - thanks again for all your input   Yvonne
  23. Hi all   Thanks for your input - it's exactly what I was hoping for - I did wonder if health insurance woud be an issue and we will have to look into this side of things vey carefully. I do like the idea of buying a small modern house here in the Uk to rent out. We live in Lincolnshire where prices are still quite cheap so should be able to pick something up for around £120,000 I'm a little concerned though that by doing so  that we would'nt have enough left to buy a place in good condition with the land we need ( minimum of 2 acres) in France - I know that the Auvergne is the cheapest of the areas I mentioned but it does rain alot there in the winter and we are looking for more sunshine !! - I love Provence and have family there but it is expensive - any suggestions as to where to start looking ?   We have a year left before retirement to do our research but roughly the plan  is to sell here then rent in the area we are looking to buy  - looking on the internet is great fun but I think not a really realistic way of house hunting and we really need to be 'on the ground '  .... I don't have dual nationality ( mum got UK citizenship when she married  dad ) so those options woild not be available to me .   many thnaks again     Yvonne
  24. Hi folks - I would appreciate your honest apparaisal of our plans - we are taking early retirement next year ( I'll be 55 and hubby will be 60 ) - we'll have a combined private annual pension of around £18,000 and a total cash pot of around £300,000 to fund the purchase of our house plus fees, settling in expenses and any unexpected emergencies etc  , hubby had a heart attack 5 years ago and is on daily medication but is otherwise very fit and I'm as fit as a flea ( thinking about private medical insurance here ) - we would not plan to have to find  any paid employment. I speak fluent French ( I'm half French )  but hubby does not  although he is a willing learner ! - I have relatives already in Provence , the Auvergne  as well as very good friends currently in the Mayenne and we love the Lot and the Loire regions so any of these areas would be considered Our current lifestyle is an active rural one in that we have a smallholding  and also breed train and show our dogs -and this is the kind of lifestyle we would like to continue - we would be looking to either buy a plot of land ( no less than 2 acres )  and build or buy something already in excellent condition - we do NOT want to do up a French ruin. - our DIY skills being restricted to holding a paint brush at best !! Are our plans practical - especially the amount we would have to live on ? - I'd really appeciate an unbiased opinion from those that have already made the move   many thanks   Yvonne
  25. lots of food for thought here - thanks ! - I guess the crux of the matter is that if we want to step off the treadmill of work then we must be prepared for a significant drop in our incomes and this will apply whether we  stay here in the UK and get rid of the mortgage by downsizing to a smaller place with less land or move to France where we can get  a detached country house with a couple of acres for the same price (and hopefully a little more sunshine ! ). I suppose the plus side of staying here in the Uk is that I could do supply teaching on a part time basis to supplement our pensions.... but ....It seems to me that there will always be a reason to carry on  working and with our kids grown up and the possibility of taking our pensions early this seems a good time to rethink and enrich our lives in a realistic way. Yvonne
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