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October/November 2014 newsletter


In this newsletter, we share with you information about buying and managing property in
France including the start of a story about a member who has done both and ways we can
help you; tell you about French festivals coming up plus a new French movie you can win
tickets to as well as new artwork inspired by France to purchase; and, provide a recipe for
French stew that would go nicely with some French wine which we give you facts about.

A la prochaine
Sharon et David

PS: Check out below how you can win a free movie pass by following us on facebook.


Buying French property in Brittany and beyond

We often find people are much more comfortable buying property in France, which can be daunting, if they know someone who has either bought already or can help them with their property, pre and post sale. French desire provides services to assist, both here in Australia as well as in France, notably with our property purchasing tour - NEXT TOUR in JULY 2015.

In France permanently now, after moving many years ago from the UK, is Sally Stone who runs a French property service, assisting with sales and property management. While based in Brittany, Sally's services have now expanded across most areas of France.

After a referral from us to Sally's services, one of our members, Ron Mac, has not only purchased another place, in Brittany this time (Ron already has a Limousin property - see his property's rental page and his initial purchasing story) but is engaging Sally's team to help with pre and post sale property activity. We will be following Ron's story in future newsletters.

We are also lucky that Sally is coming to Australia next month and joining Sharon in a webinar on 29 Nov - watch out for an upcoming email to join in; preference will be given to those who have bought any of our guides, so if you haven't, you might now.


New places for sale in different areas of France

We have a property near Brittany, in the Pays de la Loire, offered for sale by Sally's team: a large village house with attached barn providing opportunity for conversion into further living accommodation. This traditional stone village house features 4 bedrooms, cellar, courtyard, garden and garage. It is situated in the centre of Andouille with a bar, tabac, restaurant, bakery, grocery store and post office. Price: 76,650 euro 

With both vineyard and church views, this large 3 bedroom modern bungalow is for sale in the picturesque and lively village of St Leger sur Dheune with a canal passing through it. Located in the centre of the Burgundy, just 10 mins to the vineyards of Cote de Beaune, this location is in the heart of France's famous food and wine region. House features include a veranda with views, cellar, timber open fireplace and garage with optional Peugeot 307 to purchase.
Price: 225,000 euro

This house is a fully restored barn in Causade in the south west of France. The land is 8300 square metres and is mostly meadow which produces an abundance of wild flowers. There is a 10 x 5 M swimming pool. The house is approx 210 square metres and consists of a dining room, American style kitchen, a large lounge, and four large bedrooms. Price: 495,000 euro

Upcoming French film starring Marion Cotillard

TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT being released on 6 November by Madman Entertainment stars academy award-winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) as Sandra who plans to return to her factory job after a breakdown. However she’s told that she is to be made redundant, while her co-workers will receive a bonus. In order to help her, Sandra’s best friend at work has convinced their boss to hold a vote – do the workers want to save Sandra’s job, or keep their bonus? It is Friday and the vote will be held on Monday – Sandra has the weekend to persuade her workmates. Written and directed by two-time Palme d’Or-winning filmmakers and with a commanding performance by Marion, this movie is an emotionally resonant drama. View the trailer here:

Follow us on facebook for the chance on Monday this week to win a double pass to this movie.

French festivals on in Melbourne and Gold Coast

On the weekend of 21-23 November there are two French festivals you can attend:

- the Paris to Provence festival in Melbourne on from the Friday to Sunday (we have a stall at this one):

- the Sunshine Renault Bonjour French festival on the Gold Coast, only on Sunday 23 November:

Enjoy if you plan on attending one et vive la France!

New mixed media art inspired by France for sale

As part of her ‘Time Traveller Series’, artist Wyn Vogel translates French culture and history into images that capture the space, light and colour of each day. Her original artwork includes photos taken by the artist on location then digitised along with pastel work, oil glazing and concentrated inks to create exquisite pieces. We have Wyn's Roussillon Doors and Through the Fabric of Time (Arc de Triomphe) works at $85 (A4 print) or $199 (large on cotton rag paper):

French recipe for pot au feu (beef casserole)

This classic French stew is a slow cooked beef and vegetable casserole with a bouquet garni/fresh herbs:

Facts about French wine and alcohol in France

Earlier this month in Paris, Montmartre had its wine festival and next month will be Beaujolais Nouveau. Read more about wine facts in France like how much wine France actually produces and consumes: 

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