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WHAT’S IT LIKE TO HOUSESIT IN RURAL FRANCE?

Everything you need to know about house sitting in the magnificent French countryside

HOW TO SPEND THE PERFECT DAY AT MONT SAINT-MICHEL

How to get the most out of your visit to Mont Saint-Michel – one of France’s top tourist destinations and a UNESCO World Heritage site

THE BLAZING AUTUMN COLOURS OF THE FRENCH PYRENEES

Glorious weather, no crowds and autumnal scenery to die for – just three reasons to visit the French Pyrenees in October

CHEESE, FIGS & COGNAC – OUR NEW STAPLE DIET

Three items that should always be in your French shopping basket

A VERY EUROPEAN ROAD TRIP – CHAMPAGNE COUNTRY

Part One of our road trip through France, Italy, Germany, and Belgium – and our overnight in Champagne, France may well have been the best stop of all

A VERY EUROPEAN ROAD TRIP – THE PONT D’ARC & LAKE COMO

Part Two of our road trip through France, Italy, Germany, and Belgium – from kayaking in the Ardeche to ferry boating on Lake Como

 

WHERE WE’VE STAYED

 

LES CONSTANCIES

House-sitting assignment – 36 days

PAYROUX

House-sitting assignment – 12 days

SEMBOUES

House-sitting assignment – 11 days

ST CHRISTOPHE

House-sitting assignment – 33 days

IMAGES OF FRANCE

BELVES

Drive around the Dordogne region of South West France and you’re never far away from a beautifully maintained medieval village. Belves is one of the finest examples.

LA ROQUE-GAGEAC

Just as pretty is La Roque-Gageac, which clings to the hillside above the Dordogne River.

MORNING MIST IN TARN

Tarn is probably our favourite area of France. Less touristy than Dordogne but no less beautiful. And our month-long house sit included fabulous views to the rear.

AUTUMN IN TARN

We were fortunate enough to be in Tarn during the autumn – just as the forests were turning from shades of green to yellows, reds and browns. Which made our daily dose of dog-walking an even more pleasurable experience.

CORDES-SUR-CIEL

One of the many fortified bastide towns in South West France, Cordes-sur-Ciel has a stunning medieval centre high up on a hilltop. Another gem in the Tarn department.

NAJAC

Just north of Tarn is the Aveyron department and Najac, another magnificent example of a bastide town. It’s spectacularly perched along a rocky ridge and is dominated by the hilltop 13th Century chateau.

THE PYRENEES

Our visit to the Pyrenees also coincided with the changing colours of autumn. In fact, the combination of green fields and red/yellow/brown forests contrasting with the blue skies and white snow-clad mountains just blew us away.

GAVARNIE

And the Pyrenees highlight for us was the walking on offer around the mountain village of Gavarnie.
Read more at The Blazing Autumn Colours Of The French Pyrenees.

BELLAC

Further north, in the Haute-Vienne department, is another medieval gem of a village. And wandering around the streets surrounding the Notre-Dame church in Bellac is like taking a step back into the Middle Ages.

WALKING THE DOG

We love house sitting in France. And part of the attraction is being able to spend time in the countryside with our temporary pets. As with this lively dog in the Loire-Atlantique department.

LE MONT SAINT-MICHEL

One of France’s biggest tourist attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this tiny commune sits on an island just off the Normandy coast. If you’re in Northern France make sure you don’t miss it.
Read more at How To Spend The Perfect Day At Le Mont Saint-Michel.

VIEW FROM THE RAMPARTS

The walk from the car park to Le Mont Saint-Michel is one to be savoured, but the views from the top of the ramparts are an added bonus once you get there.

MORE ON FRANCE

Excellent and comprehensive guide by region

Travel and thematic guide to France

Official site for tourism in Paris

The indispensable guide for budget travellers

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