Only my second post so dont be too harsh! You seem such a friendly bunch compared with many forums that I thought I would seek some views.
It seems that there are quite a few people who live in France but work in the Uk and I wondered how it works out for you? It is something we are considering/ working towards this year.
We have a house in 87 that I will call a maison secondaire, although it is in fact the only property that we own - we rent in UK. The ultimate plan is for us both too retire out to france full time, not sure when as official retirement still some years away. However my husband is in fact retired and in receipt of occupational pension. Last year he spent a lot of time at the house but never managed to keep on top of all the jobs and the garden........he is keen to move out virtually full time.
I work still but quite "flexibly" and have a further plan to become freelance in the next couple of years. Getting down to the house by good old Ryanair is quite easy and cheap and I've already got a few flights booked for early spring visits. If we scaled down our Uk rental to just me then there would be savings, but possibly countered by the extra flights, but what I am really trying to find out is how other people manage with the official things like residence, health etc. Husband is obviously my dependant and I pay NI and tax in UK, I read somewhere that on this basis he could access the french system with some type of 'S' form. Anyway, I would be interested in how others tackle this.