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If you’re hoping to find your dream home in France this year, the COVID restrictions on movement have been rather an obstacle, but the french government have just changed their border rules and travellers from the UK and America can now enter France without having to quarantine.

With so much pent-up demand, we are anticipating a very busy summer and rural, character properties are already selling quickly.  The days of researching specific properties in detail and having a carefully prepared short-list to view before you set foot in France is unlikely to work this summer, as the properties will sell before you get there.  However, if you are planning a trip with a view to buying a house in France, there is plenty you can do to prepare in advance, so that you can efficiently make the most of your time once you arrive in France.

If you’ve ever dreamt of a property with a sea view, a home by a lake or a bolt-hole by the river to watch the world go by, here is a selection of french properties for sale that will offer some food for thought.  Here are our favourite properties by the water....


If you're in the fortunate position of being able to work from anywhere and are thinking of making the most of your freedom and having a base in France, a good internet connection is a key consideration and essential to make the plan feasible.  The french government has committed to ensuring every property in France has a 'very high speed' internet connection within the next two years and is developing an online resource that as the programme is rolled out, could help refine the search area.


The Pre-Brexit medical provision covered by EHIC cards has been continued into the post-Brexit era.  It has been maintained with the launch of the new GHIC (Global Health Insurance card).  Under the new agreement with the EU, the GHIC cards will offer equivalent healthcare protection as that provided by EHIC cards. 

Covid-19 regulations that restrict the movement of people between France and the UK remain in place.  Keep an eye on this blog for latest updates and news on when border restrictions will be eased, what measures you may need to take in order to travel and what COVID prevention measures are in place within France.

France is currently in a 4 week lock-down that started on the 3rd April.  Information on what measures will be in place at the end of that lock-down period have yet to be announced.

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