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Re: The Brits are back....to the Dordogne !!!!

I suppose it is near the Haute Vienne where you get more oomph for your buck. There is also a lot of Limousine cattle and derelict properties near there too.

Nb - please don't call me a snob.
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Re: The Brits are back....to the Dordogne !!!!

Mind if I open up an old wound? No, ok

Having lived in a few areas and traveled about in our moho for me Dordogne(shire) is one of the nicest parts of France I have visited, shame there isn't a coast. It was on our last stop going home to the Vendee that we stopped in Dordogne where we said - next house is going to be here and it was but in true fashion didn't last and we upped and did one.
Most of France is nice but Dordogne is manicured.
That is probably why the brits go there.
And why not.
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Re: The Brits are back....to the Dordogne !!!!

Mint2 wrote:
..........Said I wouldn't like it because it would be like living back in the UK. All the market stalls, for instance, apparently have notices in French AND English I gathered that it was a bit of an enclave for les anglais so I never bothered to go and look for myself. -
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And yet frequents this english forum to get their bit of UK like life!

Brits who have a go at english enclaves on an english forum in english hating the english, how english!
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Re: The Brits are back....to the Dordogne !!!!

 Mint2 wrote:
 richard51 wrote:
Would be interested in Mints friends reason but it could possibly be due to the fact that it is very near the northern border of the region and some distance away from the touristy face of the region. I suspect (and I don't mean to insult people living in the Dordogne) that certain areas are more snobbish (or vice-versa) than others.


Richard, it wasn't a friend, it was someone on the forum when I was asking for advice and impressions about different areas.

He said he had a sister who lived there and he knew the town well.  Said I wouldn't like it because it would be like living back in the UK.  All the market stalls, for instance, apparently have notices in French AND English.

I gathered that it was a bit of an enclave for les anglais so I never bothered to go and look for myself.  I had spoken to the forum member on the phone prior to that and I didn't feel I had to go and check out the place for myself.

So, if anyone does live in PP, look, I didn't go there so it's just hearsay so please don't give me a load of grief over it, OK?


Oh dear, having to quote myself, how not cricket!

But since I have had a snide post, quoting me out of context, I can only assume that the writer is either deliberately trying to be a troll or is too thick to understand something written in, yes, English.

I was househunting in the Dordogne because I WANTED to live here and I love living here.  Most of the above post was quoting someone I had befriended on the Forum.  He no longer posts and I don't know what's happened to him or indeed whether his sister still lives in Piegut Pluviers.

I knew nothing about the Dordogne then but I couldn't travel too far from my previous house in the Charente Maritime and therefore I asked on the Forum for suggestions on where I should look for my new home.

I ended by saying that I was only quoting what I'd heard and that I had never been to PP.  Now I have lived in the same Dordogne village for 7 years and been a member of the Forum for 10 years.  Why shouldn't I like it, my village or the Forum?  And no, I do not need any kind of "fix" of "Englishness" or "English life" and I have never said anything derogatory about life in the UK.  Why would I?  Some of the best and most significant years of my life have been spent in the UK after all.

I have been on a visit back to the UK once for 10 days in the 10 years I have lived in France.  Just have never felt the need to go back but, if I did, I'd just upsticks and there I'd be.  It's not as though it is on another planet, is it?

Apprendre une langue, c'est faire un voyage différent chaque jour.
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Re: The Brits are back....to the Dordogne !!!!

I will play Chezsails.

In another place a British estate agent who works in the Dordogne said that the average budget for expats looking to move was 150 k.....and they wanted a pool. lol

In all the places I would live in France, 150 k would get you a studio flat. The only places that 150 k would buy you something decent is the Dordogne, Limousin, Cruse, Normandy etc etc. Typically those hotspots for the British. It is all about BUDGET.

In terms of countryside (although it is all subjective), Alsace beats the Dordogne. So does the area around Aix en Provance. Parc de Ecrins, the Vosges, Sologne etc etc etc. 150 K is not going to get you anything in these places

No, the Dordogne is not the nicest region of France. Its nice, but not the nicest. Its cheap and Nice.

Now the overall best place to live when you factor in 'everything' and when I mean everything I mean everything that revolves around 'quality of life' (lifestyle, shopping, facilities, services, schooling, the people...the PEOPLE), is the Loire valley (well semi rural Loire Valley)..... Any town or city between Orleans and Nantes. There is no other place like it in France. It is certainly not the prettiest but that should NOT be high on your list when looking for a place to live in France. All the gripes people have about France will not be found in the Loire Valley. It is a different country.

The thing is, 150k won't get you much.
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Re: The Brits are back....to the Dordogne !!!!

I have never seen anything I'd like to live in for 150k anywhere near me, either.  And a pool?  It goes to show how we look for different things when it comes to where we live.

The only pool I wouldn't mind having would not be your average garden pool where one stroke will get you from one end of the pool to the other.  Mine would have to be Olympic size where I could get some decent exercise.  And, no, I am never going to be able to afford it.

As for the prettiest parts of France, I agree that Dordogne is not it.  I have seen lots more pretty areas.  For example, I think the Haute Savoir is fantastic for scenery and, if OH and I were younger, I'd think seriously about moving there.  There'ld be walking in summer, skiing in winter and lovely mountains to look at all year round.

BUT, when all is said and done, I love living where I am because it SUITS me.  The hills are just great for the type of walking I can still do and hope to be able to do for a few years yet.  I have friends that I enjoy being with.  When my dog was alive, she adored our house and the secure, enclosed garden.

Being asthmatic, I need relatively equable climate conditions and no air polution.  I have that here:  no real extremes in temperature and very little in the way of traffic.

You are wrong about budget being the only deciding factor.  In fact, I could afford to live in a modest house in many areas in France, certainly in the parts of the Loire you mention and yes, even in the Provence.  But I could think of lots of reasons that those areas would just not be for meSmile [:)]

Come, ALBF, I'm more interested in pianos, have  you bought yours yet?

 

Apprendre une langue, c'est faire un voyage différent chaque jour.
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Re: The Brits are back....to the Dordogne !!!!

And to carry on the english tradition - lets talk about the value of things and how you need more money.
150k pah, 10x6 pool pah
I want more and it must be expensive!

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Re: The Brits are back....to the Dordogne !!!!

Er, actually NO, I do not want moreSmile [:)]  Suffice unto the day .......

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