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Situated at the northernmost part of France, a mere thirty-something miles from England, the Pas-de-Calais region has glorious countryside, beautiful sandy beaches, lots of golf courses, lovely seaside towns with great seafood restaurants, not to mention the sophisticated charm of Le Touquet and the stunning Flemish architecture of the market towns in the region.

The Dover ferry and Eurotunnel crossing points mean the Pas-de-Calais is a popular destination year round for tourists looking for an easy foray to France and equally as popular for people looking for a bolt-hole across the channel to enjoy la belle vie without the big road trip involved with travelling further south. 

  

A budget of £150,000 might not stretch that far when looking for property in the UK, but it can go a long way in France.  Here is a shortlist of properties that we think are fantastic value for money.  

 

 

So, there's a rumour, summer may actually be on it's way........ at last!   I came across this recipe the other week and it is so good in so many ways I thought it was too good not to share.   If you're looking for a guilt-free, healthy snack to cool you down on a hot day this Dole Whip beats ice-cream hands down, it's perfect for children too.  It takes less than 5 minutes to make and it's like a smooth creamy ice-cream but it's dairy-free and the only ingredients are banana, pineapple, maple syrup and lime.  This will definitely be my poolside essential this summer.

When done properly, properties for sale with a swimming pool will always see a good return on investment and a ‘statement’ pool can really help you achieve a premium.  If you are planning to rent out the property or offer B&B or gîte accommodation, installing a pool instantly makes it more attractive to potential clients, and can definitely give an edge in a crowded market.  Whether thinking about resale or rental, if you’ve got a great pool, just the photos alone will make your property stand out from the competition.

 

 

If there are any other Brexitcasters out there (the BBC daily podcast that tries to predict which way the wind’s blowing in Parliament and the EU on all things Brexit related), there was a very interesting nugget of information at the end of Tuesday’s edition.

 

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