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Aug 09


In this month's newsletter we share stories about our members fulfilling their dreams by
purchasing property in France with some of their places now for rent from our website,
introduce France@Leisure and our French immersion Noumea trip and much more.

A la prochaine
Sharon et David

Our members' success stories fulfilling dreams
Todd came to Melbourne workshop in February then headed off to France in June to buy a property. The day after meeting up with David, Todd found his own place in Burgundy in the village of Tannay. He got the house (top left) for a better price than the 71,000 euro it was advertised for and while more than his budget, there was hardly any initial work to do. After waiting for, then deliberating over paperwork including plumbing plans, Todd is now waiting again but fingers crossed all will go well - we will follow Todd's journey in future newsletters...
Yvette, armed with our e-guide and renting our Pouzauges house for a month while property searching, put in an offer on a little farmhouse about 5km from Vouvant (left) which is a pretty, medieval Vendee village, host to artists and international tourists alike. The house was in great order, fully furnished as it was a holiday home for an English couple and only cost a mere 43,000 euros! With relatives from Brittany, Yvette wanted to buy close to there but in an area with a milder climate. Willing to put up with the cool for Brittany's bold beauty, Annette, assisted by our workbook and after guide, last month purchased a wonderful 3 bedroom house (bottom left) in the village of St Connan. She plans to take her 3 children for a month over Xmas, so hopefully all will be settled by then - bon chance!


Properties in France owned by our members for rent


More success stories you can share and rent

After also attending one of our workshops, Brisbane couple Paul and Donna purchased a 2 bedroom village house in the lovely Languedoc. They rent it out for only $500 AUD a week and have plenty of availability for 2009 and 2010. The village is only 30 minutes from the Mediterranean and is surrounded by vineyards - the local charcouterie has even been featured in Rick Stein's French Odyssey program.

Sallie's 15th century historic stone house (left) is located in the bustling, picturesque bastide Lot Valley village of Monflanquin. The house has been lovingly renovated to enhance its original features offering light and airy rooms, wooden floorboards, fireplaces and two beautiful bedrooms. The house can sleep 8 and rents for $800-1,000 AUD a week.

Check out both of these French places for rent on our website at:



France@Leisure partnership benefits members

Accredited French travel agency´╗┐ France at Leisure offers our members these exclusive travel offers:
- three additional free days of Renault car leasing
- 5% off hotel, apartment or rental accommodation
- 15% off all insurance for your France voyages.

Contact France@Leisure for your next French trip.


Upcoming French desire workshop and tours

If you would like to own a place in France like a number of our members, don't miss our next  property purchasing workshop being held on Sat 5 Sept in Brisbane. As well as us sharing our experiences and research, you will hear from an international lawyer and French mortgage broker 

French immersion
trip to Noumea 15-18 October:
Want to experience France without the 24hr trip?  then join David for a long weekend in Noumea.  Activities planned include petanque, a cooking demonstration, a trip to the theatre/cinema and visiting the markets as well as plenty of time to interact with the locals, sightsee and savour French gastronomic delights. See details of the tour at:

Come on our next property purchasing tour:

We have confirmed dates and the itinerary for our 2010 tour - we will be taking a small group around our south west region again from 21-25 June.
For more details and quotes from our last tour: 
If you are interested in coming along, email us.


Recipe for Gratin Dauphinois
: named after the former Dauphine province, this potato dish includes cheese but gratin does not necessarily mean this

Facts about where the French go on Ete holidays
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