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Forum: The Sand Pit
Jun 17th 2013, 7:23 am
Replies: 22
Views: 1,949
Posted By DKP

Re: Mandela - What next for South Africa

I do not believe that it will make the slightest difference to the Political situation in SA when Mandela dies.
Jun 16th 2013, 7:35 am
Replies: 68
Views: 4,085
Posted By DKP

Re: What Car in the UK?

I would suggest you look at a VW golf or Polo, and any of the new Audi range, depending on the size of vechicle you require, remember size does not always equal safety.
Forum: France
Jun 3rd 2013, 7:20 pm
Replies: 54
Views: 6,967
Posted By DKP

Re: 3 Winter Months in France

The cold weather does not last for so many months as the UK!

There are some very beautiful areas close to Perpignan, have a look at Le Racou, Collioure, Port Vendres on the coast.
From Thuir you...
Forum: France
Jun 3rd 2013, 7:09 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,737
Posted By DKP

Re: Living/Property Prices in Montpellier

Port Marianne is a good area to look at, Lattes is also an area worth checking out, and Juvignac bit further out.

La Grande Motte is great in the summer, but very high proportion of flats and...
Forum: France
Jun 3rd 2013, 5:22 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,047
Posted By DKP

Re: Moving to Lyon

Macon is about an hour from Lyon.

Lovely area, but I do not have any idea about schools there.
Forum: France
Jun 3rd 2013, 5:19 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,737
Posted By DKP

Re: Living/Property Prices in Montpellier

Montpellier does seem to be thriving, but look at the areas very carefully, there are some very "rough" areas, that seem to have become immigant dumping grounds.

Having said that, it is a...
Forum: France
Jun 3rd 2013, 5:12 pm
Replies: 54
Views: 6,967
Posted By DKP

Re: 3 Winter Months in France

if you google "Long Term lets in France" you will find a couple of sites that have properties available to rent over the winter period. They are usually properties that are rented out as "holiday...
Forum: France
Jun 3rd 2013, 5:01 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 373
Posted By DKP

Re: Son leaving UK today for Europe charity Bike ride

Fantastic Challenge!

What a great thing to do, wishing you a safe and successful journey.

Bon Voyage
Forum: France
May 5th 2013, 5:24 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 9,374
Posted By DKP

Re: Touring France for property and avoiding Sand Flies!

I do not think his fluffy coat will deter the mosquitos at all.

Re the ticks, I have in the UK removed them myself on occasion, because they are not a regular occurence.

However when we arrived...
Forum: France
May 5th 2013, 4:47 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 757
Posted By DKP

Re: We need to rent out our property

You could rent the property out as a long term holiday rental which would safeguard your interests.
Forum: France
May 5th 2013, 4:39 pm
Replies: 50
Views: 16,627
Posted By DKP

Re: House renovation english or french builders

I think one of the most important factors here is whether you have any experience of organising builders and running a renovation project?

If you do not and your french is limited, then really you...
Forum: France
May 5th 2013, 4:31 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 9,374
Posted By DKP

Re: Touring France for property and avoiding Sand Flies!

I spent last year travelling in the Southern part of France, starting near the Spanish border and travelling through to Marseille, always within 1 hour max of the sea.

I was also travelling with...
Forum: France
Apr 25th 2013, 8:29 am
Replies: 4
Views: 1,968
Posted By DKP

Re: Cheaper areas with nice weather in mid-south France

Anywhere in the Southern regions in France is expensive in July and August.

This is the time of school holidays, and it is when Gite owners expect to make some money, naturally.

I would also...
Forum: France
Apr 4th 2013, 5:28 pm
Replies: 61
Views: 6,187
Posted By DKP

Re: Gite/Chambre de hote business

That is an impressive "Line Up" Wetwang! Well Done!

What occupancy rate did you have over Easter?
Forum: France
Mar 30th 2013, 7:49 am
Replies: 7
Views: 9,210
Posted By DKP

Re: moving to Perpignan,France

Perpignan is a lovely city, and close to areas of outstanding natural beauty.

I would certainly suggest that you settle close to a town with good facilities for your on going medical needs.

You...
Forum: France
Mar 30th 2013, 7:41 am
Replies: 15
Views: 1,429
Posted By DKP

Re: planning permission

Do you know the area?

Never be seduced by a "pretty picture" of property on the web!

It is massive! Can you afford to run a property of that size?

There are so many properties on the market...
Forum: France
Mar 22nd 2013, 8:06 am
Replies: 61
Views: 6,187
Posted By DKP

Re: Gite/Chambre de hote business

H--l!!

I will have to re look at the advertising budget!

That is a hefty chunk of money!

However is that strictly speaking advertising alone? or is it a fee based charges when clients make a...
Forum: France
Mar 21st 2013, 7:20 pm
Replies: 61
Views: 6,187
Posted By DKP

Re: Gite/Chambre de hote business

Always difficult to guess an advertising budget!

If you get it "right" first time it can be suprisingly little.
Often the early days can be trial and error.

Since 2005 ------- 2100...
Mar 17th 2013, 7:28 pm
Replies: 1,942
Views: 156,104
Posted By DKP

Re: Location, location, location

http://www.primelocation.com/

I think that there are a number of locations in Kent that might work for both.

Also look at Auction websites over a period of time.

Barnard Marcus
Allsops...
Forum: France
Mar 17th 2013, 7:15 pm
Replies: 61
Views: 6,187
Posted By DKP

Re: Gite/Chambre de hote business

Thank you Wetwang.

That is really helpful info re the break down of nationalities.

Whilst my income/deposit covers a normal family home, to go that little bit larger I need to demonstrate that...
Forum: France
Mar 17th 2013, 7:01 pm
Replies: 61
Views: 6,187
Posted By DKP

Re: Gite/Chambre de hote business

Thank you for your reply.

I spent most of last year travelling in France to the areas that I felt might be of interest from a business perspective.

I decided that I wanted to be in an area that...
Mar 17th 2013, 6:45 pm
Replies: 1,942
Views: 156,104
Posted By DKP

Re: Location, location, location

Have you thought about Kent?

There are still some very good buys, not too far from the coast, and not too far from London?
Forum: France
Mar 17th 2013, 6:34 pm
Replies: 28
Views: 1,921
Posted By DKP

Re: doggie advice please

I have always travelled back and forth on Eurotunnel.

Because you remain in the car with the dog, it is a very easy stressful journey.

I live in the South of the UK, so no long journey to Kent...
Forum: France
Mar 17th 2013, 6:24 pm
Replies: 61
Views: 6,187
Posted By DKP

Re: Gite/Chambre de hote business

Thank you both for your replies.

I am so sorry to hear that you have been very ill Wetwang.

It sounds as if you made a very wise choice initially. I have a business background and it was always...
Forum: France
Mar 12th 2013, 1:05 pm
Replies: 61
Views: 6,187
Posted By DKP

Re: Gite/Chambre de hote business

I was very interested to see this thread. In particular the experiences of an established "chambre d'hote" owner.

I have been exploring this possibility and researching areas for a year.

I am...
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