Here are links to various websites that we have found to be very useful to us on our adventure so far.
For anyone thinking of or currently having their own French Adventure, this website is the font of all knowledge and will have an answer and information to your question.
We have found it invaluable.
About them in there own words
Because you love France
FrenchEntrée.com is the complete online solution to buying French property, living in France and planning your holidays in France.
Since we launched in 2003, our site has grown to become an invaluable source of advice and inspiration to hundreds of thousands of readers looking to buy in, live in, or enjoy a holiday in la belle France.
This is a great DIY accessories website, in French and English, its a bit like Screw Fix in the UK.
Upmarket version of B and Q, all around France
The French version of B and Q and its owned by B and Q
Hotels and Guest Houses
Les Combettes – Gaillac
During our search and whilst we buying the house we stayed in a beautiful Chambres Dotes in Gaillac and we cant recommend it enough. Its called Les Combettes and its run by Madame Pinon and her daughter, who will give you a very warm welcome and treat you as friends. we found it through a great website called Sawdays and heres what they say about it
“Come for an absolutely fabulous French bourgeois experience: a wide 16th century stone staircase deeply worn, high ceilings, southern colours, loads of stairs, interesting objets at every turn. Add the owners’ passion for Napoleon III furniture, oil paintings and ornate mirrors and the mood, more formal than family, is unmistakably French. Bedrooms, some with rooftop views, are traditional and very comfortable; breakfast is served overlooking the old part of Gaillac. A treat to be in the heart of town, with utterly French people. Madame is a darling and it’s excellent value for money.”
Recycle, Renew & Reinvent
Troc is a really great idea, its a nationwide company that sells all your unwanted furniture and brica brac and takes a cut of the profit.
We have a large warehouse in Albi which i visit frequently as new things come in all the time and there is always a bargain to be found, especially if you like old French furniture, which it seems the French don’t which is great new for us as we love it and already have several great buys in the throws of being renovated.
So if you like a rummage and don’t mind a little bit of renovation work check out their website to find a branch close to you.
Le Bon Coin
This is a great website sort of an online version of Troc or a bit like our Ebay but mostly selling second hand things, translated it means “Good Corner”.
We have found some great stuff on here including our kitchen wood burning stove which was a bargain.
If any of you have pets like us you will be interested to know when your local hunting season is, the link below takes you to the official Fédération Nationale des Chasseurs on this site in the top right hand corner there is a button called click on this and you can add your department post code in and you will be able to see the dates for your area.
Vide Greniers & Brocantes
If you are like me and love hunting out a bargain, France has lots of great car boot sales which they call Vide Greniers, translated at “Empty your attic” there is usually one or two on most weekends and sometimes during the week.
Click the link below to visit the national Vide Grenier listing website
Click the link below to visit the national Brocante listing website