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I never considered moving […] We talk to British expat Linda James who with her husband Alex runs Le Pommier gites and a cake making business in Riberac, Dordogne department, Aquitaine, south west France. Coming here on holiday, I fell in love with the sunny weather, the stunning countryside, being able to swim […] We’ve all heard about the high quality of life, superb climate and low crime rate.
It was a permanent move for us and we considered the pros and cons, lifestyle changes and the affect the move would have on our families back in the UK. Quiet roads, a wealth of wildlife, vineyards all around us.Do you consider yourself a member of the local community – anything you get involved with?We have only been here a year and have integrated well with the locals and try to get involved with most of the village activities.Tell us about your job in France I’m an agent for Leggett Immobilier.It’s a great job and I get to look around some fantastic properties, learn about the area and meet interesting people.Our village has approximately 800 residents, and all the amenities, tabac, pharmacy, doctors, boulangerie, restaurant and a market twice a week.
We are lucky that when we close our massive wooden gates we feel we are in the middle of the countryside with the peace and quiet of the countryside surrounding us.
Fields of poppies in spring and sunflowers in summer.
The air is clean and the weather is sunny and bright most of the year round.
With the beautiful historical towns of Cognac and Angoulême and being not far from La Rochelle – we think it has everything. As soon as we walked through the large front gates into the walled garden we knew we had found our dream home.
There is a lot of renovation to do including plumbing but it’s absolutely worth it.
David’s wife Jacquie is from South Africa and the couple thought about moving there but decided it was too far from their families.