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Buyers Guide: From ‘Angel’ Tim in the Chatel/Abondance Valley

Buyers Guide: From ‘Angel’ Tim in the Chatel/Abondance Valley

In my experience with clients looking for property in the Alps the most important thing to think about is what will the property be used for. There are so many variables that you must take into consideration in order to find the right property that suits your needs and wants. Of course there are no […]

Our top 5 summer events in the Alps

Our top 5 summer events in the Alps

It’s time to sort out your sporting calendar for the Summer – here are 5 events that will get you off the sofa. Haut Chablais Cyclosportive, June 18th Choose from either the 100km (2500m climb) or 155km (4000m climb) race. The last climb on both routes is the iconic Joux Plan, so make sure you […]

Morzine is Top Pick For a Second Home

Exceptional Ski Chalet For Sale in Morzine

It seems we are not alone in thinking the Portes du Soleil ski resort of Morzine is a great place to invest in a property. In a recent article in “A Place in The Sun” magazine, not one BUT two TV presenters of “A Place in the Sun” namechecked the year-round French ski resort as […]

The ski property market in 2017

The ski property market in 2017

Halfway through the 2017 ski season, snow falling in the Alps and where are we? After the unpredictable events of 2016, it’s probably safer not to make too many predictions for 2017, especially with a Trump in the White House and the start of Brexit is just around the corner. So what is most likely […]

Samoens welcomes skating royalty

Samoens welcomes skating royalty

Only the most avid British skating fans would recognise him, but to the French, he’s Torvill and Dean rolled up together. Philippe Candeloro is a French double Olympic Bronze medallist (1994 and 1998), and on Saturday 18th February, at the newly named Philippe Candeloro ice-rink in Samoens, he was given the keys to the town. […]

Moonlit ski touring in St Gervais

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After a slow start to the winter in the Alps conditions are finally coming good with a week of new snowfall last week down to 800m ski conditions are now good in most resorts. The storm cycle of new snow moved through on Wednesday evening being replaced by a high pressure, which has meant clear […]

The Good Life – Alpine Living

The Good Life – Alpine Living

Keeping Chickens Keeping hens in the garden has become a popular pastime for many people living in urban as well as country environments. For years, my husband gently resisted my suggestions that it would be a fantastic idea for us, imagine I said lovely fresh eggs every day and the gentle clucking as they go […]

In honour of a legend

In honour of a legend

 On January 2nd local legend Jean Vuarnet passed away, aged 83. Vuarnet achieved fame when he won gold in the downhill at the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley. In claiming the gold medal he became the first skier to win a gold medal on metal skis, favouring them over the over flexible wooden versions. […]

Snow comes early – confounding the doommongers!

Snow comes early – confounding the doommongers!

Whisper it quietly, but with only a few weeks to go before the Winter Season starts, there is a chance that one of the best piste-bases to have been set down in years could just have arrived! If it is the case, and the cold weather continues, we could be in to one of the […]

Living with our eyes open

Living with our eyes open

It occurred to me the other morning whilst out walking with friends (in the pouring rain I hasten to add) that my recent appointment as an agent for France Property Angels, has reopened my eyes to the splendour of living in the mountains. How come, you might ask? Without being aware, I’d become complacent to […]

Brexit, two months on: what now for the ski property market?

Brexit, two months on: what now for the ski property market?

As the dust settles on the UK’s vote to leave the EU, it’s time to reflect on what the decision could mean for buyers – and owners – of property in the French Alps. There are still many unknowns (not least when will Britain trigger Article 50), but for Brits the Bank of England’s decision […]

Samoens Joins the Club (Med!)

Samoens Joins the Club (Med!)

To ‘Club’ or not to club has been the question in Samoens for some time, but when the announcement was finally made that Samoens had won the bid to become part of the Club Med family, it all came as a bit of a surprise. No sooner had it been confirmed than the cranes appeared […]

L’Oreal Putting St Gervais on the map!! 

L’Oreal Putting St Gervais on the map!! 

St Gervais has been relishing its increased publicity in the press this summer. At the end of July, we saw the first visit of the Tour de France in the race’s history … not only a visit, but a stage finish. A stage which turned out to be not only dramatic but one of the […]

Summer wildlife in the Alps

Summer wildlife in the Alps

Summer in the Alps is one of best times to see some of our most beautiful and treasured wildlife. There are many different species of animals and plant life that thrive here adding another dimension to this spectacular landscape. The opportunity for spotting these wonders happens almost every time you set foot outside as the […]

Morzine’s gone Polka-Dotty!

Morzine’s gone Polka-Dotty!

With the arrival of the Tour de France in Morzine just 10 days away, the whole village has gone polka dotty, with the red dots of the King of the Mountains jersey decorating the buildings, the ground, the sky – everything! Stage 20 of the 2016 Tour de France is on Saturday, July 23, 2016. It […]

The Critérium du Dauphiné – the world’s greatest cyclists

The Critérium du Dauphiné – the world’s greatest cyclists

The Critérium du Dauphiné was hosted by Les Gets yesterday. The world’s greatest road cyclists congregated in the centre of town before heading off, one after another at a minute’s interval, on a purpose laid road that ran to the top of the Mont Chéry télécabine. The 4km course was the opener to the Dauphiné, […]

Isobel Laing gives her take on Brexit

Isobel Laing gives her take on Brexit

Isobel Laing gives her take on Brexit and buying property in the French Alps  What will it mean? Does it matter? Dare we mention the “B” word? For any Brit looking to invest in a property in the French Alps, the upcoming EU Referendum or “Brexit” may feel like an invisible brake, bringing with it […]

Samoens Gears up for the Tour de France 2016

Samoens Gears up for the Tour de France 2016

It’s a similar feeling to late November, when the powder-hungry start nudging their noses out of the door and smelling the air for the first fall of snow. But this time the anticipation is all about two wheels, rather than two planks of wood. So, whisper it if you dare: the Tour de France is […]

Brexit – your expat property questions answered

Brexit – your expat property questions answered

THE DEBATE – should the UK leave the EU? With the UK referendum on the 23rd June no one can be sure about the impact of a vote to leave the EU. The vote is particularly relevant for those of us who live, work or own property outside the UK. With an array of differing […]

The Telegraph – Brexit and its impact on expat property owners

The Telegraph – Brexit and its impact on expat property owners

THE TELEGRAPH Brexit: What impact could it have on expat property owners? If Britain votes to leave the EU, what will it mean for the two million British expats living on the Continent – and the further one million who own a holiday home there? Could taxes, mortgages and visa requirements change? Would they have […]

Buying en copropriété in France

Buying en copropriété in France

What is a copropriété? The way ownership of apartments in France works is somewhat different to the way it works in the UK, and it is sensible to make sure you understand the differences before proceeding with a purchase. When buying an apartment in France, such as an apartment within a complex, you are not only […]

Registering as an auto-entrepreneur in France

Registering as an auto-entrepreneur in France

*please note since  2016 the name was changed to micro-entrepreneur, you may still come across websites and printed forms referring to it under it’s original name of auto-entrepreneur. Setting up as an auto-entrepreneur in France is a relatively straightforward process. However, as with all things French there is a certain amount of paperwork involved and you will require some […]

Summer, cycling and the tours!

Summer, cycling and the tours!

The ski lifts of St Gervais & Megeve have finally stopped turning, as the season comes to a close. It always seems wrong when you look up and the mountains are still white and yet more snow is forecast down to 1500m of altitude this week.   But not for long, in the valley floor […]

Why register your British car in France?

Why register your British car in France?

Many of our UK clients ask if it’s worth registering their British car in France or simply buying one over there. Here are a few reasons why taking the plunge, and re-registering your British car as a French one, might be a better option in the long term. 1. KEEP COSTS LOW Cars are a […]