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03 May 2021  |  John Lewis  |  Holidays

How we fell in love with Mas Saint-Cernin

For years we had dreamed of giving up our hectic lives in the UK and running gîtes in France. Holidays were spent in various areas of France trying to decide where it would be best to start our new life. In 2010 we found what could be our ideal new home and gîtes near Castres in the Languedoc region in South-West France. To make sure we booked a weeks holiday to enable us to get to know the gîtes and the area.

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03 May 2021  |  Mark Lincoln  |  Holidays

16th century restored country home in Lot-et-Garonne

This half timbered house, dating from the 16th century, appears on the French Cassini map, the first general map of the Kingdom of France. After the décimation of the population during the 100 years war between the French and English in the 16th century, migration from the West of France and the Haute Auvergne / Quercy was encouraged, bringing this unique style of house building to the Agen region.

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03 May 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture

The Matisse Museum in Nice

While on vacation on the Côte d'Azur, Pure France suggests that you visit the Matisse museum in Nice. Henri Matisse, a French painter resided in Nice and died there. From fauvism to his cut-out paper collages, discover this genius artist. Andy Warhol declared in 1956 "I want to be Matisse".

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02 May 2021  |  Tim Robinson  |  Holidays

Love at first sight, Maison de Saint Jean

Love at first sight, yes it's real – or it was for my husband and I… Truly, we went out for dinner and came back having bought a house. We'd always fancied trying to afford a second home, somewhere to escape to with a kinder climate but otherwise all the benefits of home, no compromise.

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02 May 2021  |  Richard Sinnerton  |  Holidays

What's behind that door?

What's behind that door, we asked the owner of what eventually became Maison Tigre, looking at a small, badly fitted wooden door at the end of the hallway. We knew there was some sort of building next to the main house but had no idea what it was or what state it was in. 'Oh you can’t go in there,' she said 'it's far too dangerous! It used to be the village cobblers but the roof and floors have collapsed and it's just a pile of rubble.'

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01 May 2021  |  Simon Phillips  |  Holidays

Our amazing French country find

After a wet, rainy, miserable English summer, we made a last minute booking in sunny south west France. A secluded farmhouse set in the countryside with a private pool; just what we were after. So, we took the ferry and, with a box of CDs, headed off through the French countryside. Little did we know we were heading towards the house of our dreams.

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30 April 2021  |  Joseph Batchelor  |  Holidays

Home away from home in France

How to make your holiday rental house a home. Make the most of your self catering family holiday house by making it feel like a home away from home. The owner of Château Monjardin in the Loire Valley describes how you can make your holiday house feel more like a home for your family during your stay. Add fresh flowers, cook using local produce and make the space your own.

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30 April 2021  |  Susan Durst  |  Holidays

Dordogne, a jewel in the crown

The first time we saw Le Saint-Martin, it was from the air – courtesy of a pilot friend of ours. Our family had lived in Paris for many years, and it was our first trip to the Dordogne. We had already fallen in love with the sheer beauty of Southern Périgord – the gently rolling hills, the lush vineyards, the fairy-tale castles steeped in history and the unspoilt Bastide villages.

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29 April 2021  |  David Ham  |  Holidays

Le Dattier

Location, location, location, the estate agents are always right and location is absolutely critical! The 'Côte d'Azur', that supposedly perfect sun-drenched coastline, is not what it was 50 years ago: it's overbuilt with concrete and empty beaches are almost impossible to find.

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29 April 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Holidays, Tourism

Holidays in the Lubéron

The Lubéron is located between the departments of Vaucluse and Alpes-Hautes-Provence. It is a mountainous massif very popular in Provence, which combines a well-preserved cultural and architectural heritage. Whether you are on holiday in the Lubéron for a long time or for a shorter stay. Discover our itinerary of places not to be missed.

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27 April 2021  |  Christiaan Lebeer  |  Holidays

A holiday château with a cool mix of traditional styles and contemporary chic

Château Entre-Deux-Mers is the ideal holiday destination for anyone looking for peace and relaxation, gastronomy and culture, authenticity and modern comfort. The 18th century castle accommodating 12 people underwent full renovation and has been furnished with taste and abundant attention to detail. A cool mix of traditional style and contemporary chic. You immediately feel right at home!

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27 April 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Culture, Tourism

Thomas Pesquet, the astronaut who makes us dream

Thomas Pesquet, the astronaut who makes us dream, has returned to space for a 6-month mission. Thomas Pesquet, our astronaut at heart Thomas Pesquet was born in 1978. He is the 10th French to conquer space and the 2nd to make a long stay. First in 2016, for the Proxima mission. He left on board the Soyuz MS-03 from the Baikonur launch base in Kasakhstan and joined the International Space Station (ISS).

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26 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Minerve

Officially 'one of the most beautiful villages in France', the unspoilt medieval village of Minerve is definitely one to add to your list of days out if you are on holiday in the Hérault region. Minerve is a lovely Languedoc village situated on a rocky outcrop in a valley between Carcassonne and Béziers.

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26 April 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Wines

The Winemakers of Foncalieu

Les Vignobles de Foncalieu is a famous wine co-operative based near Carcassonne in Occitanie (Languedoc). Since 1967, the wine-makers of the co-operative have brought spirit, innovation, passion and authenticity to their craft, to create 'one of the 50 most recognised wine brands in the world' - Drinks International Magazine, 2017.

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25 April 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Restaurants, Gastronomy

The Michelin starred chefs of the Aude

One, two or three Michelin stars, discover the world of starred chefs selected by the Michelin Guide in the Aude. Gastronomy, finesse, and creativity... the excellence of our great Michelin starred chefs. In this article, you will find the excellence of four great chefs. Are you ready for your dining experience?

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24 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism, UNESCO

Lascaux cave near Montignac

Lascaux cave, discovered in September 1940 by 4 teenagers who descended into the prehistoric cave, discovered cave paintings made by Paleolithic man, more than 17,000 years ago. Today visitors can visit a replica of the Lascaux cave, Lascaux 4, which opened to the public in December 2016.

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23 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Nature

Mercantour National Park in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Situated in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Alpes-Maritimes departments, the Mercantour National Park covers an area of 685 km². Since its creation in 1979, it consists of forests and snowy peak with summits reaching more than 3,000m. Visitors to the park can walk the 600 km of marked footpaths whilst enjoying the wide variety of fauna, flora and mixed landscapes with seven valleys to explore along with many lakes including Lake Allos, Lake Lauzanier and Lake Vens.


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