Think many of you know that myself and OH have been here for 3 years full time. We have had our holiday apartment in St Cyp, Languedoc for 5 years. When we first moved over, we lived in our apartment then went out property hunting...we had chosen half a dozen areas....all in the Southern half of France, but diverse...parts of the Gers, Provence, Dordogne, Languedoc etc. These were all places we had visited on holidays or stopped on route to holiday destinations, and had left us with a positive feeling.
We visited the Dordogne first, we started with a town we had spent a week in a couple of years before. Day 2 we fell for a house. It fitted most of the requirements, position perfect...exactly 1 mile from town so walkable...(though a one in seven hill to get back to the house!) an acre and a half of wonderful land with views to die for. Enough space for the kids to come and visit...altogether...(was dreaming of Christmases with a 20ft tree in the Grande Salon...and all 3 kids, partners..and in time, grandchildren) in fact we have only ever had 2 of our kids here at the same time, crossing over for a couple of days!
We had agreed the purchase and exchanged within 3 days!.....what have we learned? it was a mistake, we fell for the house...but the area is wrong. We prefer much further south where our holiday apartment is...we should have stayed closer to the apartment and the beaches we so love.
Here we are 2 hours from the nearest beach. This part of France profund is too quiet for us, not enough of...well, any of the things we enjoy. We have lived in the country before...but in the UK where the nearest large town or city is always within half an hours drive.
Given the chance again, we would aim south...probably around the Perpignan area. Did you find the right place for you first time? have you bought somewhere and wished it was somewhere else? did you hope to find work in your area and realised it wasnt the right place to find work easily? or have you changed your mind about areas and looking to relocate?