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Myself and my wife ( 56 and 47) wish to sell up and move to France permanently. Our circumstances are we will be bringing our Grandaughter 3yrs with us as she lives with us. We would like a house with some land, but must be near Schools and all the normal town or large village facillities, and possibly with Gite or B&B possibilities to give us a small income. I have already started selling my assets in UK, and would consider selling or swapping the home I currently live in for one in France. There are many beautiful areas we would consider, however suggestions please.

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There are something over 30,000 discrete towns in France so it's nearly impossible to know all the "good ones." One thing that might help is that many towns now have pretty useful websites, which will give you information about the local schools and town facilities (which include associations, sports clubs and activities).

You could start by browsing some of the popular property sites (PAP, seloger, Century 21, etc.) and when you find something that looks interesting, google the town to find the official town site. (I.e. not the tourist center for the town)
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Thank you,

I will include your advice in my research.

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Your namesake La Rochelle is a lovely place to start with lots to do for your grand-daughter too.

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Hi - The weather outside just now can only be described as Obanesque, but we are promised 25C by the weekend. Can't complain.

I think a house swop is potentially full of problems - easier to sell first then rent for 6 months till you find a place you like.

How much is "some land"?

Do you speak French? If not you might be better off looking at areas with a number of expats. You can try an exploratory visit with the Ryanair flight Edinburgh/Bordeaux, if that is handy and if you don't mind giving that B"""xx some cash.

Reading other posts about B&B/Gites small seems to be the correct word when talking about a source of income. Do you need an income? Will you be obliged to pay for private health insurance? - you need to discuss your personal situation with DHSS in Newcastle - to see for how long they will pay (70%) of your healthcare costs here.

We chose a "normal" town with a very small expat community - think Stirling - but the people are amazingly friendly and helpful - but this might not be for you.

Good luck in your search.

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Thank you Ian,

School French only at the moment, but with a determination to learn the language as of course my Grandaughter will no doubt be fluent within a short time once attending school. I was interested in your weather and size of town expressions ie Obanesque and Stirling, as my family are from Oban (I lived there myself as a child) and my fathers family are from Sauchie not far from Stirling. Depending on my house sale I may not NEED an income as I have an occupational pension. We are really looking forward to getting nearer our goal so we can seriously get down to the business of emigrating

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We get a little income teaching English - maybe averaging 500€ net per month - just enough work to get into the French healthcare/social security system - I think I am now due a French pension of almost 10€ per annum when I'm 65.

There is a growing market for British expats to take in French children for immersion - we have bookings already for August, and possibly for the Easter holidays too. Since we are in a town there is no need for having children spend the night, but I know of one British family who charge 600€ per week for accomodation, food + English lessons.

It is cheaper, safer and easier for French parents to send their childfren to expats in France, rather than off to the UK, where there may well be 40 other French children. If this looks a good idea for you then you can set yourself up as an autoentrepreneur.

Teaching English for us has helped us make so many French friends. My wife is just back from teaching English to a female whose parents are Turkish, and the food that comes our way is very detrimental to our waistlines, but everyone needs a treat on a cold wet Monday night.

Buying houses here is more along the English lines - ie the advertised price is usually greater than the final sale price.

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Thats very interesting, something I had not even thought of. Do you need teaching qualifications?. Well hopefully that is something I could do also. Which part of France did you chose to live in?

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No teaching qualifications needed - but if your French isn't good enough to explain grammar and vocabulary in French then you'll be restricted to older children with a good level of English.

You may also wish to consider internet-based teaching with people such as Learnship.

Some language schools require a TEFL cert, but more important is business experience for the necessary vocabulary.

We are about 45 minutes from Toulouse, and 4 hours from Barcelona. Two hours from the Med and the Atlantic. Not a fashionable town - if you are in Yorkshire think Darlington - but great fun.

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Thank you Ian for your contribution, it gives me alot to kook at.

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