Frecossais Posted August 1, 2012 Share Posted August 1, 2012 [quote user="JeanS"]We bought our 'pad' 8 years ago with the idea to move to France when we retired - this didn't happen, we just come for the summer. For the first 5 years we spent all our holidays - Winter & summer in the house. Lots had to be done, some by us. We had the usual ups & downs and nearly came to blows but we came through. At first family & friends would visit and help but now - it's too much trouble.We're too remote - nearest small town - 6kms, nearest town - 15kms. So we've put it up for sale - not that we envisage it will sell in the near future but not to worry, we'll still make full use of the house and have no regrets.On reflection, we should have done more research on the area, not bought such a big house with a barn and a big garden, but then hindsight is a wonderfull thing.[/quote]Our experience is like yours in many ways. We bought our house (residence secondaire) 22 years ago, and spent every holiday working on it. Having retired, we can now spread out the work, and let's face it, there's always work needing doing. We are 7km from the nearest village, about 13 from a town, but I still love it, and our two very different kinds of life. They complement each other. ( Our main home is in a busy town near London.)Regrets? I wish we could go upstairs without going outside, and that there was a bathroom up there.Causes for grief? Our kids aren't keen, no swimming pool, no seaside, too far from amenities, the people only speak French, it's our dream, not theirs ..... boring!I should say that we have made some real friendships in France too, and I so value them. So long as we have our health, I envisage that we'll continue to spend around half the year (in two parts) in each of our residences. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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