The brilliantly entertaining true story of how one couple set out with a dream of moving to France - and got far more than they ever bargained for. HOME & DRY IN NORMANDY is the first of two books following the adventures of George and Donella East as they try to realise their dream of living the good life in rural France. After months of property-hunting, the couple arrive at The Mill of the Flea, a dilapidated and long-abandoned eighteenth-century water mill set in ten acres of fields, woods, streams and mud in the heart of the magical Cotentin peninsula of Normandy. There, the Easts set about renovating the farmhouse and tiny mill cottage on a shoestring budget. As they struggle to adapt to a very different life and culture, the Easts find themselves with an unofficial estate manager as René Ribet moves on to their land in his ancient caravan. René will, he says, help them learn the ways of the countryside while returning the mill to its former glory. To the innocents abroad he appears a godsend. To the locals in the nearby village of Néhou, however, René Ribet is known as The Fox of Cotentin, notorious for his wily money-making schemes. Financial success eludes the couple but they gradually find their place amongst the characterful locals and develop an unlikely and enduring friendship with René. As the seasons pass, the couple finally realise that the real treasure has been around them all the time...
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-09-07 - Publisher: la Puce Publications
This hilarious collection of cautionary tales and anecdotes,discusses all the delights and drawbacks of finding,buying and restoring French property. Significantly subtitled A Year in Purgatory,Home & Dry in France follows the initial adventures of our innocents abroad en route to their 18th-century water mill.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002 - Publisher: How To Books Ltd
Completely revised and updated with new material, this second edition provides detailed information on purchasing property in France, with specific information on different regions of France and types of property. CONTENTS: Why France? - where and what to buy - renting a property and timeshare - settling in France -
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-10-17 - Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
Straightforward, practical and independent advice on a broad range of subjects related to French property, based on my own personal experience. This includes choices about buying and renting, the costs and intricacies of the legal processes, and how to avoid some of the pitfalls.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-06-03 - Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers
Despite the current financial climate, this book demonstrates how buying property to let can still be a sensible and profitable investment option. The Complete Guide to Letting Property includes comprehensive information on rental legislation including: the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, HIPs, safety and energy requirements for rental properties, and Landlord Accreditation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-11-25 - Publisher: la Puce Publications
It was from this unique Island city that Richard the Lionheart set out on his Crusades and Horatio Nelson sailed to meet his destiny at the Battle of Trafalgar. More recently, Portsmouth played a key part in the D-Day invasion which turned the tide of World War II. In Just