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Information regarding Sarlat-la-Caneda

After nearly 11 glorious years here in the Haute Savoie, the winters are beginning to take their toll. Neither of us ski, raquette, or participate in other winter sports which means that the six months of winter are very long.
We are therefore toying with the idea of moving further south. For those who live in the Sarlat area [though which we passed two years ago and loved] could we please ask that you give us the benefit of your advice regarding living there.
How long are the winters?
Is there any snow, or much rain or frost?
Which supermarkets are there in the town centre/outskirts?
We hear that there is a thriving expat community. Are they all ex-UK residents?
If anyone is thinking of selling up, please let us know! We are looking for a house/townhouse [without too many charges] with 3 beds/study, closed kitchen, integral garage on land of less than 750m2 [seems rather difficult to find in that area, as most have hectares]!
For all responses, many thanks in advance and meanwhile, we continue to peruse Leboncoin and GreenAcres for properties that are for sale.
Greetings from cold Evian Sheila

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Re: Information regarding Sarlat-la-Caneda

I quite liked Sarlat when we visited....but I would never want to live there. Boring as hell after 2hrs.

We went in May and it was cold.

The Loire Valley/Touraine wins hands down for climate. Not too hot and not too cold.

Why do you think all the kings of France built Chateaux in the area. Yes, it was for the climate !!!!






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 alittlebitfrench wrote:
The Loire Valley/Touraine wins hands down for climate. Not too hot and not too cold. Why do you think all the kings of France built Chateaux in the area. Yes, it was for the climate !!!!

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Rubbish ALBF, it was because it was almost the only bit of the country that they actually held and from whence the6 could scarper pdq.🙀
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Sarlat supermarkets : LeClerc, Carrefour, Lidl, Casino, LeaderPrice.

It can be very cold in winter it even snows sometimes, but the snow doesn’t really lie for days as it does in colder climes. Rainfall is about the same as the UK - it’s just that it rains on fewer days and we have spectacular thunderstorms.

Be aware that it is quite a poor area - something that tourists tend to miss. There are very few jobs and I believe unemployment is high which makes prices high at the end of July/beginning of August. The local markets are excellent. When I first went I used to go early and follow older ladies who had shopping bags at the ready. I don’t believe you will find better strawberries anywhere in the world.

In my commune a few miles south of Sarlat I am only aware of one other Englishwoman and she has been in France so long that it is easier for me to speak to her in French because she’s sort of forgotten her English. I think you need to be further west to find some English associations.

I avoid Sarlat itself during the height of the tourist season because it is so busy. At other times it is quite wonderful.
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Great first-hand information Hoddy Big Smile [:D]

This site may give some useful other information:

http://www.linternaute.com/ville/sarlat-la-caneda/ville-24520

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A tourist town.
Too busy in the season, too quiet in the winter.
Beautiful town centre architecture.
A better climate than the Loire Valley and better chateaux nearby.
I would be surprised if you would find the winters shorter than those in Evian. I’ve often stayed in Thonon during the winter and found it pleasant.

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Bnb - do you mean Thenon?

Hoddy does give a very fair description.

Our house is about an hour and a bit north of Sarlat and we always make an effort to visit the place at least once per trip.

Very subjective but would argue that the winter is about 4 months rather than the 6 months as in Evians area. Spring and autumn are superb (best time for Sarlat town) and summer can be hot. Definitely not as wet and miserable weather as in north of the Watford gap.

Depending how rural you are it can be very quiet outside tourist season.
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