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September 2010 newsletter


In this newsletter, we tell you about our recent property purchasing tour to France and
announce our next tour for 2011 as well as early bird specials for this and for renting our
properties next year; have more of our members' properties for sale and rent; update you
on Gareth and Bob the builders' new property searching service; give you advance notice
about a new Australian/French co-produced film and another French festival happening;
and, provide a recipe for Madeleine cakes as well as facts about fantastic French food.

A la prochaine
Sharon et David

PS: Congratulations to Lisa & Margaret who received the literary classics from August's draw.



Our 2010 property purchasing tour to southwest France

The tour started with a guided walk through the shopping streets of the region's capital Nantes, then to ancient village highlights and an Atlantic Coast resort town before settling for the night in one of our area's chateau after a meal King Louis style. Days 2 and 3 took the group to many a local village property with French estate agents. We also had a presentation by Gareth the builder who kindly shouted champers and hors d'oeuvres. Then after our village markets, it was off inland to see more good value properties but not before a riverbank picnic. The thermal spa resort town was unique as were the locals including Pierre the Postman and guitarists over dinner. Everyone got on famously with many friendships gained as well as some good knowledge of the region and purchasing property.

To see a photo journey through our recent tour, click on:

For video and written testimonials from our 2010 tour:


- our property purchasing tour 20-24 June 2011: if you book/pay your deposit by 15 Nov 2010 receive $250 off the tour price, so only $2745 per person;

- renting our French properties: receive 10% off stays in 2011 by booking before the end of October 2010 in:

     - our house in Pouzauges in the Vendee, west of France

      Nearby Le Puy du Fou was featured on Getaway

    - our apartment in Isle sur la Sorgue Vaucluse Provence


completed project, Bazoges-en-Pareds - vendee


Gareth and Bob the builders offer property searching

After completing many projects around France, including a recent barn conversion in Brittany, and selling their Bazoges houses, Bob and Gareth the builders are launching a new property searching service. So as well as their quality property renovations, they can now help you search for your dream place in France as well as advising on its condition and complete works if needed. click here

A member is selling their charming Loire Valley house

This charming 19th century vine-covered stone two-story manor house, nestled in a small village dominated by a Romanesque church, is being offered for sale by one of our members. It is just 30 minutes from Tours and 10 minutes from Loches, a lovely medieval city. The house was fully renovated about 10 years ago and is in impeccable condition. From the the main bedroom, which is one of four large bedrooms, you have views over the Loches forest or the fully landscaped walled garden which offers a haven of tranquility and privacy. There is also a wine cellar, garage, convertible attic area and a small separate orchard/vegetable garden. Features which add to the character of the property include wooden beams and huge stone fireplace in working order. This gorgeous old house provides the perfect base for French history buffs interested in exploring the magnificent Renaissance castles of the Loire Valley. Price is 215,000 euro. To see more details of the property, click here

The other properties we have for sale still include our members' places in the Languedoc (price reduced further and more photos added) and Midi-Pyrenees/Lot (2 in 1).

New rental is a remodelled old rope mill in Burgundy

Originally a rope mill, Moulin de Corde was built in 1856 but has been rejuvenated to include three well-sized bedrooms, a luxurious bathroom, two powder rooms, a spacious lounge and entertainment area with an open fireplace. Nestled against a cliff-face, lake and rural village, Moulin de Corde offers serene rural views overlooking farmlets, the forest and meandering river. Rental prices range from $750 to $1,000 a week. For more information on the property:

Burgundy vin is featured in this month's Qantas magazine:

Movie 'The Tree' an Australian/French collaboration

'The Tree' is a French-Australian co-produced film set in outback Australia. It stars critically acclaimed actress Charlotte Gainsbourg and received a 7 minute standing ovation at this year's Cannes Film Festival. After its release in France last month, L'Arbre opens here on 30 September.

The lives of Dawn and her four children are thrown off balance after the sudden death of her husband Peter. Yet solace arrives when her daughter Simone believes her father is living on inside the fig tree outside their house. But the family's new-found comfort is tested, as Dawn meets a new man and the tree's roots begin infiltrating the house.

The Tree is a powerful portrayal of loss and grief. It is a lyrical and poignant account of spiritual survival.
Check out the movie's website at

A new Paris to Provence French Festival in Melbourne  
After its success in May, the event has expanded to 2 days over 1-2 Oct, making it Melbourne's official first French festival: Buy tickets now.

Recipe for Madeleine cakes

Small shell shaped buttery sponge cakes from the Lorraine region with historic links including to Proust and Louis XV:

Facts about fabulous French food

France is world renowned for its cuisine, read more about it: 


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