We don't live in our lovely house near Riberac in the Dordogne. We do spend at least 6-8 weeks there every year.
We did have a dream 25 years ago that we would retire early and emigrate to France. That didn't happen, mainly due to the arrival of 6 grandchildren over several years and strong family and friends ties here in the UK.
However, life moves on and the grandchildren are (too) quickly approaching adulthood.
We are now considering the 6 months here and 6 months there option. Has anybody else followed this path? What are the implications for...
Insurance, health care, tax etc.
We are retired and self sufficient so luckily don't need to rely on work and/or any benefits.
Intention is to spend April to the end of September in our English residence, whilst continuing to let the Riberac house for summer holiday rentals. Then live in chez nous from October to the end of March.
Quite understand the vagaries of the weather in both localities, mild Autumns and earlier Springs is part of the attraction of french living, but experiencing an extended stay with our friends and neighbours there too.
We do speak good french, but hopefully a longer stay would take it to a higher level.
Any thoughts would be appreciated?