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

Could be the same answer as to why do Americans love the Cotswolds.
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Re: The Brits are back....to the Dordogne !!!!

 alittlebitfrench wrote:
@ Nicky P Why do the majority of Brits/British/Expats/immigrants...call them what you like....move to France for a lifestyle choice/change ? In that respect, what are they looking for. Most threads on French expats forums are about the doom and gloom in France. Have they made a mistake in their lifestyle choice ??? Still don't get the Dordogne thing. I don't get the whole British moving to SW France thing. I just don't get it. !!!!! I JUST DON'T GET IT !!!! WHY ? What is wrong with the East of France ? Oh hang on, not many British live there !!! Do the British just waht to live with the British in France ??? Sorry for my little rant. I JUST don't bloody get the SW and Dordogne thing. It does bug me to be fair. P.S...sorry Mint. We just need to get to the bottom of this bizarre British behaviour.


Bizarre?  Pas du tout!  It's you who is bizarre with your Dordogne fetishStick out tongue [:P]

Us Dordognais just enjoy life and get on packing in all the things we want to do before Father Time comes with his scythe and chops us all downBig Smile [:D]

PS  I considered southern Burgundy but decided the winters would be too cold for someone like me with asthma.  Ditto Normandy, loved Normandy but couldn't breathe properly during a cold snap.

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

ALBF, the reason is for me, rather simple. It starts with the cost of property.

 
Price initially seems to be THE THING, and compared to most other parts of France, cheap, at least they were when this particular ball started rolling about 15/20 years ago.

Then it became where people found it logical to look..... Like the french and germans and russians and brits going to the costas in Spain, and Spain is a huge country!


And you ALBF have mentioned some places, where I would never want to live either. So it boils down to each to their own nez pah!




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

cajal wrote:
Since when was being a réparateur or a hôtelier not a lifestyle choice?

Are you being pedantic or maybe just looking for an argument, I'm not sure? I base what I wrote on the fact that I've read many times from Chancers fair hand, that the business he has built is only a tempory diversion in his life. So it leads me to feel that it is not a long-term lifestyle choice. Whereas a place to settle down and live in surely is?
NickP
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Re: The Brits are back....to the Dordogne !!!!

Well said Idun.

Price is always an important purchasing factor - unless you have far more than anyone on this board has. I have never bought any house in any country where price has not been an important - often overriding - issue.

It is why we live in Europe and not (for example) the Bahamas - not personally my thing, but you get my drift. It is why we live in 3 bed semis and not 4 bed detached. It is why people live in York and commute to the capitol and do not live in Hampstead or Canary Wharf.

And it is very importantly, why a number of foreigners (not just Brits - I am surrounded by Dutch, Belgian and Germans) decide to move to France to the countryside for their (pre) retirement and, if not final years, then last active years.

Beyond price we will all have our personal individual reasons for choosing a location - and thank goodness for that, otherwise this little mountain village would be overrun and would be a small city. Many, myself included, will be driven when looking for a maison secondaire or even permanent home by accessibility from wherever they live(d) - although relying on a single loco carrier route has proven to be poor choice in some cases. I kept my options open and did not rely on any of the usual suspects for travel - in fact only used them once IIRC.

So like it or not, the Dordogne does fit with many of the desires and requirements and does fit within the price range of many. Not my personal choice but then I had other driving factors.
Andy

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

Now I get where you are coming from, no it was never a place to settle down permanantly, I doubt the next place will be either, avoiding commitment is a lifestyle choice isn't it? I reckon Nomoss made being nomadic a lifestyle choice.

 

My business was definitely not a lifestyle choice, just the most sensible way in the current climate to exploit the result of my labour to repay my investment (it has already) and to create a value that I can liquidate and use for a lifestyle choice. People that come to this area either to buy or create a CDH are universally doing it as a lifestyle choice, that so many return tells me it was perhaps not a wise one for them.

 

Coming here for 2 years to do up the wreck(which ended up taking over 10) was definitely a short term lifestyle choice, my lifestyle choice as of 2004 was to avoid working for a living.


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

Odd that people in the Charente, Haute Vienne, Lot, Lot et G put on the Dordogne border.
People in Deux Serves put on Charente border
I'm yet to see one with on the Deux Serves border.
And people in West France put SW France adding the 2nd sunniest area in France or micro climate as tho it's like the caribbean in winter.

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

Now that you mention it, CS, I HAVE seen people put on such and such border, though being somewhat unobservant, I'd not noticed that much myself.

But why would you need to put wherever it is?  We all have departmental numbers to denote our addreses, don't we?  I'm in 24 so no disguising my whereabouts to anybody!Big Smile [:D]

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