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Lorrainelovesplants



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
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Location: Dordogne
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 14 11:50 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

No experience, but we are looking to do the same...
going looking at the area around south of Limoges first week April.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 14 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good look LLP. Hope you find something you like.

Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 14 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oh, loads of things I like...........
just trying to stop John fantasising about acres and acres of land.... he forgets in 5 years he will be 60.

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 14 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oh it's easily done though isn't it? I mean I can't get over the price of some of the property over there. It's like the UK in the 90's.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 14 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We've got a fair few who've done that on here, so you should be OK for some advice.

mousjoos



Joined: 05 Jun 2006
Posts: 1984
Location: VERY Sunny SW France
PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 14 6:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It can be a minefield....not just in the Somme

You will find thousands of ex pats that "know the ropes"; have " got the t-shirt"

etc., etc.

take your time & look around

see what the place is like at different times of year....climates can vary enormously

expect the unexpected....& don't believe people that tell you that it's "sooooooo much cheaper than England..."

Lived here 11 years, & there are still surprises


but when it's good, it's great

sgt.colon



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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 14 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks guys.

sean
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 14 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You need to think about the costs of getting someone to maintain the place. It's not much of a holiday if you spend all your time painting/cleaning gutters out/unclogging your septic tank.
And the costs of getting someone to be a concierge if you're going to let it out to others.

Behemoth



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 14 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The type of house will also determine who lets it and when you can go on holiday. e.g. family market = school holidays etc.

Lorrainelovesplants



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Location: Dordogne
PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 14 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

were planning to move, not have a holiday home.

A friend said (without thinking) but its sooo far, and you wont know anyone....which was eactly the situation when we moved from Scotland to Cornwall, so we're not put off.

We like the French, love the area were planning to live in (and have visitied it when its freezing, dark and at its most depressing), and are looking forward to a new challenge.

Your a long time dead, and before I get to that stage Id like to live my life.

mousjoos



Joined: 05 Jun 2006
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Location: VERY Sunny SW France
PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 14 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
were planning to move, not have a holiday home.

A friend said (without thinking) but its sooo far, and you wont know anyone....which was eactly the situation when we moved from Scotland to Cornwall, so we're not put off.

We like the French, love the area were planning to live in (and have visitied it when its freezing, dark and at its most depressing), and are looking forward to a new challenge.

Your a long time dead, and before I get to that stage Id like to live my life.


the best attitude / approach to have

I upped & moved after selling everything, knew nobody when I moved in, have been skint to the point where my entire wealth was less than 10 euros....but I'm still here after 11 years & not thinking of moving on

Lorrainelovesplants



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
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Location: Dordogne
PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 14 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mousjoos

Ive been watching the pennies since before the kids were born, so Im well used to it now.

Im not going to say owt more as Ive had a glass or two of wine and Ive been known to tell some home truths...., but thank you for your support. Perhaps we can swap notes?

mousjoos



Joined: 05 Jun 2006
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Location: VERY Sunny SW France
PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 14 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
Mousjoos

Ive been watching the pennies since before the kids were born, so Im well used to it now.

Im not going to say owt more as Ive had a glass or two of wine and Ive been known to tell some home truths...., but thank you for your support. Perhaps we can swap notes?


Sorry I couldn't send the info you wanted before, but I was working away from home, nearish to Limoges as it happens,

I think if you come with an open mind & the wish to integrate, & not join every english speaking club & association in the area, you'll be fine

there are always problems; I've made just about every mistake there is to make re. moving abroad, but this is my home & it doesn't occur to me to think about moving elsewhere

Lorrainelovesplants



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Location: Dordogne
PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 14 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

thanks, appreciate it.
Im really looking forward to visiting again at the start of April.
main question this week is after staying 2 nights in Perigeueux would we prefer to go East or west (Angouleme or St Yreiex le Perche )

mousjoos



Joined: 05 Jun 2006
Posts: 1984
Location: VERY Sunny SW France
PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 14 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Angouleme is a bit of a one-horse town, as I recall...the other I don't know

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