Where would you choose to retire to in France?

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Re: Where would you choose to retire to in France?

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I would personally avoid anywhere that gets too hot in summer. I see reports of 30+ in places south of us and I am glad I am not there. But we are all different. A problem with such a question is that most of us want to defend the choice we have made. One of the great things about France is that there is so much choice and so many stunningly beautiful places.

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We are both very happy here in North Mayenne but if we were to move which we talk about often it would most likely be somewhere such as Le Morvan. When we decided to buy a holiday home we were looking at Burgundy but wasn't sure how often we'd get to visit from West Sussex and as we wanted to do as many weekends as possible it had to be nearer. It was the right decision at the time to settle on Normandy/Mayenne as no sooner had we made an offer on our house OH received th offer of a promotion which meant a move to Devon. Devon to here could be a nightmare either trying to get through the queues of traffic to get to Poole on time or a 30 minute trip to Plymouth with a four hour easy drive at this end. The problem with that was I can't stay awake in the car on a long journey and I'm usually the map reader. One time I fell asleep, woke up and said we must be nearly there. No we're not came the reply I missed the turning and we are heading to Rennes! I have had two very unexpected hospital stays and I cannot fault the care I was given in Mayenne, Laval and Angers so it's something to consider leaving behind and as I cannot drive we would now take that into account if moving plus we do not like the heat. 65 degrees is by far enough for me. Wherever it might be it will not be town living for us we are and always have been country bumpkins :lol:
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We love where we own our property in the Gard, which we bought for winter, spring and autumn, knowing very well that we couldn't stand the heat in summer there - we normally leave in mid-June and don’t return until mid-September. We knew the town and the area for years before we bought, always popping in if we were ever in striking distance and we moved in 12+ years ago.

It’s a lovely small town, surrounded by countryside, very friendly, with almost every facility apart from a hospital, although the excellent hardware shop closed a few years ago and now sells soap to tourists! There are a large number of retirees, many from the Paris area, drawn by the climate and the history of the area and the town itself, probably many more boulangeries, cafés and restaurants than one would expect of a town of around 8,000 and plenty of very good doctors. The local wines are excellent too!

But unless used to the heat, it’s not a place to recommend all year round.

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Brittany is all I have known although I have travelled France north to south to dip my toes in the Med on occasion. Too much heat is a no no for me because I just can't work in the heat and I'm very unlikely to ever afford a place that doesn't need a lot of manual work. Brittany has had some scorching (but thankfully rare) summers so this is probably the "last chance saloon" for us. Shame about the damp, grey miserable winters though. I agree with comments above about there being a lot of beautiful places to choose from. You just need to be fit, healthy, and affluent for most of them.
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Lived in the Correze, Pays Basque, Aude, but now the best place; Bearn :D

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I didn’t choose to live here, it just happened. If I could choose I would probably go nearer the coast, possibly somewhat north, and flatter than where I am now. I plan to move into a ‘senior’ flat next year, so I could then move to another part of the country, but where? I think I will probably stay near where I am...

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Hi
We also just 'happened' in Normandy which suited us fine as we still had commitments and elderly family in the UK so had to go back fairly often, and we have been happy here. Now we have very little family left over there, and it was always my initial intention to settle further south.

We thought of a 'senior' flat or village house but also don't know where to go, am presently researching. To move to another area,we will be giving up our network of hospitals and specialists, which have been excellent when needed ... so may end up staying in the same area. A large plot in the country will become unmanageable but,like the poster last week, I do worry about getting noisy neighbours with troublesome dogs in a smaller pad. I suppose not so probable in a senior flat. It will be hard to give up the outside space but it would be nice to be nearer the coast or even a lake in our dotage.

As I mentioned before, when you look at an area, it's a sign of our age that we look for the nearest hospitals!

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There is another alternative, stumbled on this on this tonight, I like that she has windows :)

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Been interesting catching up on the thread :good: .

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We are happy in Charente but I wanted to travel and see more of France and Italy.
Covid put the brakes on this for the moment.
If we were away my thought was the oh would spend less on house projects.
So that is down the swanny as well, for now! :lol: ;)

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