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Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

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Limousin

Limousin has been my home for many years. I

moved across with my family and we saw our

quality of life sky-rocket. We are surrounded

by clean air, open spaces and delicious food.

The region is best known to holidaymakers

for its outdoor pursuits, thanks to the

proliferation of rivers that flow through

the area, as well as numerous springs and

lakes. Cycling, sailing, canoeing, kayaking

and fishing are very popular such as at

Lac Vassivière, a man-made lake of 1000

hectares where you can swim and do all

manner of water sports as well enjoy walking

trails and boat rides to a central island with a

sculpture park, café and museum. Summers

here are long and hot.

This is the least populated region in mainland

France, though that doesn’t mean there’s

not plenty to do year-round. A roll-out of

high speed fibre optic in Limousin as well

as Government support for the area to

be rejuvenated as a potential tech centre

has seen both second and permanent

home status rocket in the last two years.

The properties available here are simply

remarkable value for money. The average

house price in my department – Haute

Vienne, which is home to the city of Limoges,

is €121,500 while in the neighbouring Creuse

they are just €80,000!

Burgundy

Burgundy is the place to explore if you like

vineyards, rolling hills and exceptional food.

The locals are proud of the wide choice of

incredible wine they can choose from – much

of it from little known vineyards, off the beaten

track. Local agent knowledge about where to

live is the key here as it’s such a diverse area.

Without that expertise you could miss out on

discovering the most popular villages, where to

get the best wine and which markets offer the

freshest produce. If you enjoy the finer things

in life you’ll love Burgundy.

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Burgundy

Auvergne

Limousin cattle

Auvergne has the most dramatic landscape

of all the regions. It’s a land of dormant

volcanoes, hulking mountain ranges and

bustling towns and cities. If you like the

outdoor life then this region has to be on your

shortlist. Hiking, biking, skiing, snow-boarding

and jumping off the side of a mountain in a

wing suit are just some of the madcap things

on offer. And, if you like being close to a ski-lift

but find the prices in the Alps or Pyrénées a

little heady then take a look in the Auvergne.

Mont Dore ski resort at the foot of Puy de

Sancy is ideal for beginners, intermediates

and families. The resort has a connection to

Besse ski resort. A Spa town with traditional

restaurants, shops, ice skating rink, bowling

alley, casino and cinema. Equally as busy with

summer activities and music festivals. It’s ideal

for permanent residence, a holiday home or

just a rental investment with almost all year

round rental potential.”

The average house price in the Puy de Dome

is just €160,000.

Find out more properties in the Auvergne

The Good Life France | 101

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