It’s official – France has the best Christmas market in Europe Dec17

It’s official – Fran...

Strasbourg in France has been voted the best Christmas market in Europe. But France has Christmas markets all over the country that are renowned for their beauty and magical ambiance… With Val Thorens in the French Alps just crowned World’s Best Ski Resort, Paris recently voted most...

Social charges on second homes to be stopped by the EU Dec15

Social charges on se...

Non-French, EU residents who have either sold or rented out their second homes in France over the last three years should soon be able to claim back the social charges they paid. The reason for this is down to a case brought before the European Court of Justice, which will likely stop all...

The best fairs and events to visit in Provence this Christmas Dec08

The best fairs and e...

Provence may be renowned for being the ultimate summer playground, with its many coastal resorts, warm plentiful sunshine and beautiful olive groves and vineyards. But winter brings out a different side to this region, one that is elegant, romantic, packed with Christmas markets and sparkling...

Build a vineyard emp...

For many, Christmas means Monopoly, a game renowned for bringing out even the mildest of competitive streaks. But a new version, which sees players become “négociants” in pursuit of the best vineyards and wines, could add a bit of sparkle to this year’s festive board game...

Val Thorens in Frenc...

Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley of the French Alps, has just been crowned World’s Best Ski Resort 2014. It was in the running against some tough international competition – including Deer Valley near Salt Lake City in the USA, Perisher in Australia’s New South Wales and...

Five spectacular Riviera swimming pools worth splashing out on Nov27

Five spectacular Riv...

With more than 300 days of sunshine, dozens of glamorous seaside resorts and 900km of breath-taking coastline, the French Riviera is one of the most popular destinations in the world – so much so that it attracts 34 million visitors each year. It is also a location where buyers looking for a...

From Marseille to Mi...

For those with a property in the South of France who like to spend time on the Italian Riviera too, the new Thello Riviera train will be a welcome addition to the already-plentiful transport options along the Côte d’Azur coastline. Operated by ItaliaRail, the train travels between...

2015 – The yea...

Tim Swannie, Director of Home Hunts reflects on the French property market in 2014 and gives his comments and predictions for 2015. Home Hunts is looking towards the year ahead with cautious optimism. 2014 was such a year of contrasts that we cannot really predict a huge rise in property...

Four autumnal food a...

These November events offer lovers of French food and wine weekends of gastronomic heaven ahead of France’s famous Christmas markets From the art of French patisserie to delectable regional specialities and world famous wine, France is famous the world over for its food, wine and...

Paris voted most affordable city in the world Nov17

Paris voted most aff...

Paris has been voted the most affordable city in the world, good news for those who live and work in the City of Light – and for those who want to… London, Paris and New York were recently named by TripAdvisor as the most expensive cities to have a weekend break. Costs measured and...

No need to fear proposed tax increase on second homes in France Nov14

No need to fear prop...

Potential buyers of property in France should not be concerned by the new proposed 20% tax on second homes as the actual cost impact is minimal, says Home Hunts As the most visited country in the world, with over 84.7 million foreigners in 2013, France is a second home property hotspot for...

Five vineyards for sale in Provence Nov08

Five vineyards for s...

Provence was the first area in France to be planted with grapes, and with its 300 days of sunshine a year and mild winters, it has long been a favourite with wine lovers. Vineyard properties in Provence can offer a healthy income by way of a successful wine business, if that is what you are...