FRANCE

    We’ve visited the country many times over the years. In fact, Nicky lived in the Ardeche region for six months as a child and so it’s always held a special place in her heart.

    Nowadays, we visit to house sit in lovely rural and village properties and to enjoy the laid-back lifestyle, with its traffic-free rural roads. And, of course, the wine, the food, the weather, the sublime scenery. The list is endless.

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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

    SAINT-AUBIN-DES-CHATEAUX

    House-sitting assignment – 3 months

    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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