Jump to content

Home Insurance - Any recomendations please?

Recommended Posts

We have a second home in midi Pyrenees are 31. Can anyone recommend an English speaking insurance broker please?

Our current insurer can't seem to send renewal notifications and certificates.

Thanks in anticipation of any help.




Link to comment
Share on other sites


Although we are in the Gers (32), we used a company called Philippe Schreinemachers who are brokers for Generali

They are dutch, but their English is better than mine.  They are very helpful, and send everything out either via email, or direct to us in the UK. 

PM me if you want contact details


Link to comment
Share on other sites

We use Pacifica (Credit Agricole via Britline).

We had a problem with a massive leak following an error by our builders which did thousands of euros worth of damage to our bathroom.  Although it was the builder's fault, Pacifica paid up (the money was in our account 48 hours after the inspector came) and they settled with the builder's insurance direct.  We were really impressed by the service, I must say. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I used Pacifica when we first moved to France, as it was the easiest way at the time, via our bank (Credit Agricole) until I found that Groupama offered the same cover for less than 2/3 of what Pacifica were charging us.

Also, Groupama have an office just down the road, who are very helpful, whereas CA don't want to know about anything once they have sold the policy, and just tell one to contact Pacifica.

I don't know about other areas, but Groupama have a strong presence around here, with offices in several very small towns. 

They also throw in Protection Juridique for no extra charge, for which CA charged an extra 60€ pa.

A claim for storm damage early last year was paid in full, a week after we sent them the dévis, and we are currently using the PJ to claim for expenses incurred when our car broke down after filling up from a Super 95 pump, whose tank had been accidentally filled with diesel. This is taking rather longer, as the supermarket concerned (Intermarché at Colayrac saint Cirq, N of Agen) is not responding promptly.

EDIT: Sorry, I didn't read your post properly. As far as I know, our local Groupama office don't have anyone who speaks English. (But neither does the bank). I'm afraid I didn't think of that as being neccessary when we moved here.




Link to comment
Share on other sites

We also have a second home in 31. We were insured with a broker in the north of the country - someone on this forum supplied the details, sorry cannot remember. However, with the £ v euro changing I tried comparing what it would cost to insure with an British company. I now insure with Hiscox who, if memory serves me correctly, were not the cheapest but have virtually no exclusion / small print and were cheaper than renewing with the broker in France. Of course any contact and documentation is in English.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Create New...