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Since moving to France 26 years ago, my wife and I have

had not one but three heavenly views from our French

windows! They all contrast the view of four houses we

saw from our former house in Plymouth, Devon. Our first

view, a glorious vista of the Pyrénées and the undulating

open countryside of the Pays-Basque; the second was the

chic seaside town of St-Jean-de-Luz, near the beach. But

our latest, a watermill in the heart of the Béarn sitting in

a beautiful riverside garden bursting with colour and the

sound of trickling water.  I used to be a university lecturer,

and we came to France for an exciting adventure. We got

several! From renovating wrecks, setting up and running

businesses, having children, and even taking French

nationality. We've loved it all. Now that our children are at

university, we're starting our newest adventure - working

for Leggett in the beautiful Béarn and Basque country!

Laura Shannon,

CHARENTE

When my parents bought a holiday

home in the beautiful little village of

Charras in the Charente, they made the

move over permanently and then I did

too in 2017 to join Leggett's marketing

team. In my little piece of paradise, I

have a three-bedroom bungalow with

lots of land for our big dog Hasko,

fantastic views over the rolling hills

of the Charente that are planted with

sunflowers that I admire in the summer

whilst having a glass of wine on my

terrace. It is only 600 metres from my

"family home" in Château-de-Charras,

especially helpful since my fiancé and I

welcomed a baby girl, Alexia, last year. I

could never go back to Ireland for good

now - I love the novelty of four seasons

instead of just rain! My move to France

has been the best decision I ever made!

Pascale Van Damme,

DORDOGNE

I am from Ghent in Belgium, the land of good beers and fries but

unfortunately also a lack of sunshine. The weather was one motivation to

move to the south west of France, the others were lifestyle, the abundant

greenery and, most of all, the plentiful space. All in big contrast with my small

and stressful home country! I had been working as a notary's assistant in

real estate for 25 years and had a holiday cottage in the Lot. In the process

of swapping it for a bigger house in the Dordogne, I met a very professional

Leggett agent. They offered me a job, too! Home is a very cute village

in between Saint-Leon-sur-Vézère and Montignac in a renovated stone

farmhouse with a beautiful view over the Vézère valley, close to the famous

Lascaux caves. It's a beautiful area full of outdoor activities like mountain

biking, kayaking, horse riding and walking.

Charlie Ellis,

BÉARN, PYRÉNÉES

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