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Radish Leaf Pesto - A Taste of Spring!

Radish Leaf Pesto - A Taste of Spring!

Spring is springing, well it is trying to at least! We go from shorts to jumpers within the day here at the moment! One moment we were barbecuing on the beach, basking in the sunshine, then the following day, wrapping up in winter layers and lighting the fires! This jumping around of the temperature not only confuses us but the vegetables too that are trying hard to grow despite the stop / start weather! Read more...

Château de Mondenard and its chequered history

Château de Mondenard and its chequered history

Nestled in the 'Pays de Serres' of the Tarn and Garrone in South-West France with almost 360 degree views over unspoilt farmland and forests, Château de Mondenard has sat on a spur overlooking the Barguelonne valley for over a thousand years. The château has had a chequered history. In 1214 it was completely razed by the forces of Simon de Montfort, who led the crusade against the Cathars of south-west France. The château was rebuilt in 1234 and the base of the surviving tower dates from this period. It suffered further depredations and modifications throughout the 100 Years War, and the religious wars of the 16th century. Read more...

Le Mas Gaugeac, so peaceful and what fabulous views

Le Mas Gaugeac, so peaceful and what fabulous views

'It is so peaceful and what fabulous views!' is normally one of the first statements made by visitors to Le Mas Gaugeac. Standing proud of the surrounding countryside, this ancient 'domaine' is surrounded by 40 hectares of fields and woodland. Read more...

Holiday cottages in Dordogne and South-West France

Holiday cottages in Dordogne and South-West France

Pure France offers a selection of traditional Dordogne holiday cottages with private swimming pools. French cottages Read more...

A stunning sea view on the Côte d’Azur

A stunning sea view on the Côte d’Azur

Our family home is available to rent all year round, it has the most stunning sea views from both behind and in front of the house and many people say it's one of the best on the Côte d’Azur. The saline infinity pool is very special, it looks onto the bay of Cannes, the islands and all the way up the Cap d'Antibes. Read more...

The view of the Pyrenees from Maison La Fontaine

The view of the Pyrenees from Maison La Fontaine

The principal reason for buying La Fontaine was the view of the Pyrenees from our south-facing terrace and after some 15 years of ownership we never tire of it. A bonus is that on the other side of the village there is another splendid view - of the Black Mountains. We have a magnificent mountain panorama including some 90 visible named summits... Read more...

Love at first sight, Maison de Saint Jean

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. So as a birthday present to my husband, feeling we'd never get down to it otherwise, I set up a long weekend house-hunting in France. As it was, his birthday dinner on the first night proved fateful; our search for a dream holiday home in France had barely started when it was all done and dusted. We got word that a very special property was just about to come on the market, took a look, had a conversation and job done, our love affair with Maison de Saint Jean and had begun. Read more...

Château de Cheverny in the Loire Valley, famous for its magnificent interiors

Château de Cheverny in the Loire Valley, famous for its magnificent interiors

The history of Château Cheverny begins with its first owner, Henry Le Mareschau in 1315. The de Vibraye family today the current owners of the chateau, attractions many thousands of visitors each year who admire its magnificent interiors with its collections of furniture and tapestries and many famous painting on display. Read more...

Maison Lamonzie offers holiday makers a warm welcome

Maison Lamonzie offers holiday makers a warm welcome

This rural house dating back to the 17th century is entirely part of the Frais Vallon property. The farmer working on the domaine and his family used to live in the house until recent times. The last renovations in the house were undertaken to install modern day comforts while preserving authentic features of the building: its large stone fireplace, its oak beams as well as its cobblestone flooring (with river pebbles). These features are typical of rural buildings in Périgord but this quality and these dimensions are rare for a house of that size. The cobblestone floor, usually used to cover one-level buildings floors (the church of Lamonzie-Montastruc), it is very unusual for first floors except for some castles (château de Montastruc) because of its weight. Read more...

Château Vivy de Saumur, set in France's famous wine region

Château Vivy de Saumur, set in France's famous wine region

The most central of France's wine regions, the Pays de la Loire arcs South-West of Paris, and encompasses several departments, including Loire Atlantique, Vendée, Mayenne, Sarthe and Maine-et-Loire. The region's prime vineyards and wine châteaux are scattered close to the Loire, France's longest river, most within striking distance of the towns of Nantes, Angers, Saumur and Tours. Read more...

Beautifully restored 18th century hilltop farmhouse in Montaigu-de-Quercy

Beautifully restored 18th century hilltop farmhouse in Montaigu-de-Quercy

Set on a secluded four-acre hilltop in complete privacy, Maison Couyssels is surrounded by forests, farms and orchards, with a panoramic view of the surrounding Quercy countryside. The farmhouse, built in 1700, and adjacent 'barn' have been exquisitely restored to an intimate cottage atmosphere. Everything is made from the characteristic white Quercy stone, taken from the property's own quarry, and great care has been taken to maintain the farmhouse feel to the property with its exposed beams and antique furnishings. Read more...

Vacation châteaux in Dordogne and South-West France

Vacation châteaux in Dordogne and South-West France

Pure France offers a selection of traditional Dordogne holiday châteaux with private swimming pools. French châteaux Read more...

We spent many years looking for our dream French house, a home away from home

We spent many years looking for our dream French house, a home away from home

We could see it clearly; it would be a stone cottage in an idyllic rural setting. With the benefit of the experience of renting vacation houses over many years in different parts of France, we found we were gradually tweaking our requirements for the French house. We soon realised that, being practical, the house we were looking for had to be within easy walking distance of a town with restaurants, bars, cultural attractions and of course La Boulangerie, for the morning baguette! Read more...

Le Cube Part 1

Le Cube Part 1

Le Cube is a stunning contemporary house in the medieval hill village of Lusignac – a few kilometres from both the market town of Riberac and Auberterre, one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. The house is on the edge of a chalk escarpment and from the garden the land falls away to the East which affords amazing views over hundreds of hectares of surrounding countryside. A forest of mature oak trees borders the garden and both the woodland and countryside are home to a wide variety of birdlife and insects. Last year a visitor to the house recorded an astonishing thirty five species of butterfly around the house. Read more...

What's behind that door?

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.' And, as the pictures show, that’s exactly what it was. Read more...

Dordogne renovated farmhouse

Dordogne renovated farmhouse

Escape to France this summer and stay in a traditional farmhouse in the Dordogne. Beautifully restored traditional farmhouse in Dordogne set in 1.5 acres with private, heated pool. 10 minutes from Monpazier with market, shops and restaurants. Read more...

Château de Chambord, the largest château in the Loire Valley

Château de Chambord, the largest château in the Loire Valley

Château de Chenonceau was built between 1519 and 1547. Upon completion the then wealthy owner, Pierre Nepveu played host to Emperor Charles V. The château offers visitors unique French Renaissance architecture. During the Second World War, works of art on display at the Louve in Paris were moved and stored at Château de Chambord. Read more...

Discover how a dream came true at Château Perpezac

Discover how a dream came true at Château Perpezac

Tradition tells that, at the end of the 18th century, Colonel (Gustave) Adolphe Gerhardt (1824-1915) and his troops were travelling through the Corrèze. They also passed the region of L'Yssandonnais including Perpezac-le-Blanc. He was instantly impressed by the beauty of the scenery and had is troops encamp for months in-between Brignac-la-Plaine and Yssandon, up against the sloping hills of Le Bois Noir. On June 29, 1867, at the age of 43, he married 21-year-younger Blanche Cecile Green de Saint-Marsault, who lived at Château du Puy on the hills of Perpezac-le-Blanc. Read more...

We found our home in Faugères

We found our home in Faugères

We bought our first house in the village of Faugères some fifteen years ago. We soon realised that it was not quite what we wanted. So during our visits over the next four years we looked at many other houses in many other villages, now with a much clearer idea of what we wanted. And we found it... in Faugères! Decent sized house, a good size pool and totally private and tranquil... Read more...

A French holiday villa in Cap d'Antibes

A French holiday villa in Cap d'Antibes

Discover a superb villa with private pool and tennis court. Looking for a family holiday in Cap d'Antibes check out Villa Étoile du Cap in Provence, Côte d'Azur. Read more...

Dordogne, a jewel in the crown

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. It was like a jewel in the crown... Read more...

Holiday farmhouses in Dordogne and South-West France

Holiday farmhouses in Dordogne and South-West France

Pure France offers a selection of traditional Dordogne holiday farmhouses with private swimming pools. French farmhouses Read more...

We saw the house that afternoon and knew immediately it was for us

We saw the house that afternoon and knew immediately it was for us

After several years holidaying in France we looked for a home in several regions, finally settling on the Côte d’Azur where we saw over 40 houses, none of which met our demanding requirements until, in 1999, flying back to London after another fruitless trip, Sarah, my wife, flicked through an inflight magazine and said, 'That's it'. There is an intangible feeling, like love, when you realise something is right... Read more...

Tales from the Riverbank part 5

Tales from the Riverbank part 5

Pure France launched Bonnes Vacances just last year but already it has proved incredibly popular. Guests have been enjoying its tranquil, riverside location as well as its stunning design and interior decoration. Visitors have also been telling us how much they've enjoyed being part of the Bonnes village community. As well as the historic water mill which hosts environmental trails and exhibitions, over the past year villagers have redeveloped the old school into a thriving cultural centre. Art exhibitions are staged there throughout the year, along with classical musical concerts and other community events supported by the local baker, pizzeria and bar/restaurant. There is also a programme of talks (in English and French) on a variety of subjects including the Compostela pilgrimage trail which runs through the village. Read more...

Visit family-friendly Île d'Oléron

Visit family-friendly Île d'Oléron

Oléron is France’s second largest island and revels in its laid back attitude. Here's why you should add the island of Île d'Oléron to you list of places to visit in France... Read more...