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Paul and Ros' Story: 'Our bit of France'

Like many others have done, Paul attended one of Sharon and David’s workshops as we had harboured a desire to spend more time in France. At the workshop, David quickly dispelled Paul’s romantic notions of life in France (well some of them!) by focusing on the important practicalities of the size of the village, accessibility, banking/finance, property management and lifestyle interests.

Paul came away from the workshop with a clearer view of what he wanted which we discussed at length. Because of our busy lifestyles we agreed that we wanted to buy into a share property; it had to be a stone character house in a village close to a regional centre, very traditional and ideally in a French holiday region as opposed to an English speaking holiday area.

Our criteria now settled we thought: That will be easy, right! Well no! Over a year went past and we were considering approaching French Desire with a view to setting up a syndicate to purchase a property when French Desire advertised two shares for sale in a property in Claira, Languedoc-Roussillon, 15 kms from Perpignan.

It ticked all the boxes for us, access to contemporary art galleries, a major French holiday area close to the Mediterranean beaches, Pyrenees mountains and ski fields, great cycling/walking, three bakeries, a vineyard in the village and best of all an absolutely beautiful large house with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 2 living areas that could comfortably sleep 8 over its three levels. The house is over 600 years old with beautiful stone work; see

From our discussions after the workshop, we realised we wanted more than a stone house in France; we wanted a lifestyle. Claira gives us that as there is room for the family and it is in a wonderful region with lots to do and to explore. It encourages an active lifestyle and for me, I have started to ride a bike to the beach!

So a big thanks to David and Sharon for the advice and our new Australian/French family for accepting us as members.

Ros and Paul   

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