Hi Lorraine, nice to meet you! Yes, Pascal knows about the tour for sure! We will be in the area at the right time too. :)
Thank you for sharing your story. Wow! All the way from Oz!! We've only half the way to go coming from Canada and I think that's far!! Sounds like Australia and Canada have a bit in common regarding the cost of living. Big young countries with a different set of challenges than Europe!
Yes! Yes! You're exactly right! What you've done is right up our alley - somewhere quiet and peaceful away form the madding crowd - yet still close to a larger city for opera, cinema, etc - and your system of looking makes great sense. Isn't it so true that sometimes the house picks you?! I can't believe how many sites there are!! I'm still discovering new sites after ages of snooping...would you be able to recommend your site(s) of preference?
It's funny, we've been watching too much of "Escape to the Country" online - a great English show about people (with hefty budgets) looking for real estate in England. Now we just need to find a show like that about France!! We've learned a bit from looking at that program and that is often people end up with a house that they distinctly said they wouldn't want (i.e. They wanted modern but bought old, hated beams but ended up with beams everywhere, wanted land but bought a converted church with none, etc.)
Definitely it's all about location but you do have to balance head with heart as they say! And I for sure dream of a lovely little home that makes my heart sing! Are you south of Limoges? They say it looks very English Lake Districty around that area of the Limousin?