Letting your property

Whether you envisage only a temporary stay in France or plan to settle for a long period, it is advisable to rent in the beginning rather than purchase as it gives you the time needed to familiarise yourself with an area and its amenities, and to ensure that it does suit you and your family before making a significant investment.


There are two main legal stages involved in your sale, the first contract (ie: compromis de vente or promesse de vente) and the actual transfer of title, which takes place on signature of the Acte de Vente.

Setting up a gîte in your French property / Chambre d’hôte

 A bed and breakfast (typically shortened to B&B or BnB) is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and breakfast. Bed and breakfasts are often private family homes and typically have several rooms. In addition, a B&B usually has the hosts living in the house. Bed and breakfast is also used to describe the level of catering included in a hotel's room prices, as opposed to room only, half-board or full-board.