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Our Story


We've always loved France; the delicious food, neighbourly people and the breathtaking countryside. Our love for the country sparked our interest in wanting to make the permanent move to France in the near future. However, with redundancy talk looming at work, we decided the time was now or never. So, we took to the internet and began our search for the perfect home.

We knew we wanted to live around the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department,  so our search for properties began here. We stumbled across an old French estate agents website who were advertising our dream property in the area of Oloron-Sainte-Marie. We made contact to arrange a viewing almost immediately and John flew out to view the property for us. Sadly, our first offer was rejected but we were determined this property was the one, so with the help of our estate agent and a slight increase in our original offer, the house was ours. 


Unloved and unkept with nobody living in the Château for over 40 years, we knew the transformation wasn't going to be easy. Admittedly, it's been more of a challenge than we could've ever imagined.

We have absolutely no regrets though, the rewards and memories are worth every single hard day. The house feels alive, it's made for people to enjoy, full of music and laughter, and of course some amazing food and wine.

At the moment of writing this, we have fully renovated the accommodations, but only about 30% of the main Château. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us but we're so excited for the next few years.

Since making the move to France from the UK, our lives have completely changed (for the better of course). Our French neighbours have been so accommodating to us and they too love seeing the progress we make. 


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