La Roche Bernard

Introduction to La Roche-Bernard La Roche-Bernard is a small town in Southern Brittany. It is a very exciting place to visit for many reasons. The town is situated on the River Vilaine, and plays host to a myriad of small boats in its natural harbour. Two superb...

Local Activities

Whatever your interests, the Brittany / Pays de la Loire region of France certainly offers an incredible range of local activities. From walking to sailing or from playing golf to relaxing on one of the many glorious sandy beaches. Do you prefer a self-catering...

La Brière

A 5 minute drive from La Roche Bernard takes you to the Parc Naturel Régional de La Brière. The park includes the largest wetland area in France outside of the Camargue. It covers around 100,000 acres. Its establishment in 1970 aimed to  protect the cultural and...

Markets in France selling food, crafts and antiques

Visiting local food, craft, and antiques markets in France is one of the most pleasurable experiences enjoyed by holidaymakers. This certainly applies to Brittany and the Pays de la Loire regions. Whether you are looking for local Pottery, Speciality salt from the...

Holiday Website Tips (2) – Be easy to contact

Make sure there is a clear and obvious way for people to get in touch with you wherever they are on your website. Failure to do so could result in lots of potential bookings finding their way to somebody else's website. A few simple ideas may make all the difference...
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Anne was born and bred in South Wales, but flew the nest at the age of 18 to study Modern Languages (French and German) at Southampton University. When people ask why she chose this course Anne admits that she likes to be involved and to know what is going on. Being a bit of a chatterbox, it seemed an obvious choice.Maybe it all stems back to their family’s first trip to France in 1958… "My astonishment at the strange lingo uttered by my parents when they stopped and asked for directions from the locals remains fresh in my memory – a truly eye- and ear -opening moment. Holidays and France became synonymous, and that association has continued. As students on a tight budget, on our honeymoon and with our children my husband and I have taken to the French roads, revisiting favourite spots and discovering new delights every time."As a teacher of Modern Languages for most of her professional life Anne also organised exchange visits and cultural tours for her students. On trips to Paris she loved taking them on a tour of her student haunts, from the time when she spent six months at the Sorbonne. No wonder that when retirement beckoned she decided to find a corner of France to call our own!Her interest in the processes involved in language learning led Anne to undertake research into the experiences of international students immersed in the British education system, and since retiring from teaching Anne has worked with a colleague to produce two textbooks, one as a resource for teachers, and the other is one of a series published by Oxford University Press.

I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful Charente region, in South West France with my partner, David. I am also Mum to three grown up children, who live and work in the UK. My partner and I wanted to live in a warmer climate, so we chose this stunning part of the world. We live in the renovated kitchen of a ruined chateau, the only part that is renovated, so lots of work to do, but as David has multi-trade skills, I’m not too worried about that!After 14 years’ experience working in the financial services industry as a copywriter, I decided to go freelance, when I relocated to France. I love everything about the written word and am passionate about my work. As well as writing blogs and website content, I’m also experienced in corporate communications, including strategic communications, communications planning and employee communications.

    George East is a travel writer and humorist. Books about his bizarre adventures in France have been enjoyed by millions of readers.

    Jean has lived in France with her husband and three sons since 1993, having left London in 1990. They lived on a boat for three years before deciding to settle in France, where they bought, and renovated, a beautiful 14th century moated manoir.<br/>Jean is an upholsterer, <a href="http://www.grandgennetay.typepad.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"/>working with both English and French furniture</a>. Her work comes mainly via word of mouth - "Building the carcass of a chair back to its former glory using traditional methods is very satisfying, and I give five day courses to people who would like to learn basic upholstery or those who want to develop their skills further."<br/>The garden at Grand Gennetay, which has become more important since her husband's company closed in 2005, produces nearly all of their fruit and veg, with other food coming from two weaners which they raise each year, chickens and geese for meat and eggs. They have also kept bees for the past seven years.

    Jenny met a Frenchman after having spent most of her life near London. It was a

    Len and Anne Clark have been married for 37 years. Anne hasn’t quite hit the big six-oh but has already managed to retire, however she may end up working just as hard in her new expertise teaching English in France. Len currently works as a Database Administrator in the NW of England but is hoping to retire soon.They bought an <a href="http://loireholidaycottage.co.uk">old farmhouse in the Loire Valley just north of Saumur</a> (in Maine-et-Loire) in 2002 along with Anne’s sister, which has gone from an old utilitarian farmhouse with two rooms (about 50 sq metres) to a roomy three bedroomed home occupying around 200 sq metres with a new roof, a stone floor, an upstairs, central heating and damp proofing.Len and Anne have got to know some of the local expat community (although being limited to a couple of weeks at a time has restricted their activity) and the universal chorus is, “Why haven’t you moved yet?” The problem is - can they afford to leave Len's IT income behind? The general impression seems to be that the improvement in quality of life far out-weighs the drop in income.So, will they make it? And, if they do, will they stay? Len will share his experiences with us – and maybe they will help you in your decision making if you are travelling a similar journey.

    Martin Jarvis is a <a href="https://www.dmjcomputerservices.com/" rel="author">professional web developer and a WordPress expert</a>, with a passion for all things "France" - including his lovely wife Nadine! With a french wife, a house on the border of Brittany and the Pays de la Loire, an aunt in Paris, his wife's family in Bordeaux, and a dear (now sadly departed) friend on the Cote d'Azur, Martin is well placed to comment on France from the point of view of an Englishman. Hopefully, this interest in France and his experience as a developer and marketer of websites will help make this site invaluable to francophiles everywhere.

    Nicola moved to France in April 2002 with husband Mark and daughter Iona. Joe, their son, was born in France, in 2003.<br/><br/>The main reasons for Nicola and Mark moving to rural Brittany were to escape the fast pace of London life and to experience a simple, yet very fulfilling lifestyle.<br/><br/>They have seven gites in Southern Brittany sleeping two, four, six and eight people. Prices from 150 Pounds per week. All have UK TV, dishwashers, washing machines and comfy sofas. Their location is makes them a perfect base from which to get out and about to visit the local mediaeval towns, great restaurants and the nearby stunning sandy coast.

    Philippa, along with husband Allan and twins Megan and Luke, are in the process of realising the dream of moving to Brittany. Philippa was a French teacher for many years. Both Philippa and husband Allan are in their forties and currently run a business with <a href="http://usborneonline.org/default.asp?org=BAI11026&css=1/">Usborne children's books</a> which they will bring with them when they move permanently to France in July 2010. Philippa has also recently taken on the role of Marketing Agent for Tots to Travel, a <a href="http://totstotravel.co.uk/map.php?country_id=1&c_lat=46.860191&c_lng=2.06543">UK based travel company who specialise in holidays for families with pre-school children</a>. Philippa and Allan have had a house in Mohon, in the Morbihan for almost 5 years, and love the area. They have already established friendships here, but are really looking forward to getting out and about and meeting new people. The removal is booked for July 8th and Philippa will be posting content here to let us know how they are getting on with their move to France, establishing their businesses here, and how their children get on with a move to the French education system. We are looking forward to hearing from Philippa on a regular basis.

    Rachel Gallard is a French National who lived and worked in the Channel Islands for many years. Since 2003 she has been helping English speaking people with their relocation to France. Rachel now lives in Brittany with her partner Chris who is proud to say he is from Nottingham!

    A stressful London life and a needed break took me to the Loire Valley for the first time. It was a coup de foudre and within months I had left London and living close to Saumur. Today, wife to a French vigneron and Mother of two, we are ‘la famille Beaumont’ who enjoy sharing our profound passion for France, the exceptional foods and wines, the language and French lifestyle with those who come to stay at our family home, ‘La Bellevue’.

    Lives in Brittany running a gite business and playing music in several local bands

    Stephanie came to France in 2001 with the idea that she could teach English in France whilst Jeremy, her husband, did accountancy part-time in the UK and looked after the kids whilst organizing the renovations of the old farm they had bought.Unfortunately, Stephanie's qualifications weren't recognised nor were her 15 years of teaching English & French and she could only get part-time work at an unqualified rate. This, and problems finding anyone local to do the renovations on the farm, forced them to put plan B into operation...Stephanie used her 8 years working as a stud groom on TB studs to breed dogs and turned their hobby of breeding show Parson Russell Terriers into a business. At the same time Jeremy was qualifying and registering as an accountant in France and has launched <a href="http://www.transmanche-accountancyservices.eu/page_1.html" />Trans Manche Accountancy Services</a>.

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