Finding A Place in the Sun BrittanyFinding A Place in the Sun Brittany; It’s almost everyone dream to find a place in the sun and for many people Brittany is the ideal place to own a second home or to relocate full time. There are plenty of reasons why it is such a popular location. It has easy access from the south coast English ports of Plymouth, Poole and Portsmouth; property prices in Brittany are generally lower than those in many other parts of France and the climate is very similar to that of Cornwall. If you are considering a move to Brittany, it is essential to do your research so that you can avoid any costly issues. Before you go ahead and make the move, you should make sure that you have:
- Researched your destination and the local customs and laws
- Obtained independent legal advice
- Researched the tax regulations
- Made plans for your health cover
A Place in the Sun Brittany – About BrittanyMoving to another country is a thrilling opportunity, but also one that requires dedication, plenty of organisation and time to research what is available. Thinking life will be one long holiday is a usual mistake. You'll need to prepare yourself for the physical, psychological and financial factors of moving. Brittany has many advantages; ease of access from England is a strong point in its favour. It has a number of historic sites such as Carnac, Concarneau and St Malo. There is also links with Arthurian legend in many of the Breton towns and villages. Brittany also benefits from the proximity of the Gulf Stream, which is why the winters are milder and spring seem to arrive earlier. In summer the evenings are longer and in winter the climate is milder. The Bretons are very proud of their culture and almost every town and village has a Bagad (pipe band) and Dance Circle.
A Place in the Sun Brittany- Buying a Property in BrittanyBuying a property in Brittany is generally a straightforward and well-regulated process. Prices will depend very much on which area you choose. The larger towns will be much more expensive than more rural villages. One point to remember is the process becomes legally binding very quickly so it is wise not sign anything in a rush. The cost to purchase a property in a larger town would be upwards of €4975.00 per square metre. This compares with the price of a similar sized property in a more rural village location, which would cost approximately €3,200.00 per square metre. While Brits remain the biggest foreign buyers in Brittany, foreign home ownership figures are down. Non-resident foreign buyers snapped up 1% of properties that were sold last year, figures that have dropped considerably over the last five years. Due to the economic problems associated with Brexit, French mortgage rates also at an all-time low, there are some real bargains out there for property hunters searching for their ideal property at a great price.
Property Agents in Brittany1. Groupe Bel Air Homes Immobilier - www.properties-brittany.com/ 2. Christine's Brittany Property - christinesbrittanyproperty.com 3. Getaway Brittany Limited - getawaybrittany.com
A Place in the Sun Brittany - Education & Schools in BrittanyThe education provision is of a very high standard across the whole of France, with Brittany being no exception. You will find a range of very good schools to choose from, depending on the age of your child: Nursery and primary schooling is divided into educational cycles (cycles pédagogiques). There are three cycles, each of three years’ duration, as follows: 1. Cycle des Apprentissages Premiers, this comprises of the three sections of nursery school from the age of three to six (les petits, les moyens and les grands). 2. Cycle des Apprentissages Fondamentaux, comprising the final year of nursery school and the first two years of primary school ( cours préparatoire/CP and cours élémentaire 1/CE1). 3. Cycle des Approfondissements, including the primary school years cours élémentaire 2/CE2, cours moyen 1/CM1 and cours moyen 2/CM2. 4. Secondary education compulsory until the age of 16 and includes attendance at a collège until age 15. 5. The French Bachillerato is the post-16 stage of education, comparable to the A Levels/Higher (Scottish) in the UK. See the web sites below for further education information: www.completefrance.com/living-in-france/
A Place in the Sun - Brittany Food SpecialitiesLike virtually anywhere in France, you can be sure to find some fantastic gastronomic delights in Brittany. You will be able to look forward to a wide range of shellfish, or as the French call them "fruits de mer", fruits of the sea. Coastal fishing takes place all round the shores of Brittany, fishing ports such as Concarneau, in the Morbihan, have boats specialising in crabs and lobsters, fished in the waters between the coast and the Glenan islands. Popular shellfish include a range of mussels, winkles, scallops (coquilles Saint Jacques) and oysters. Other culinary delights include "crêpes" (pancakes) and a variety of Breton pastries, the most famous being the Breton butter cake or Kouign Amann. Although Brittany is not a wine-producing region of France, white wines are produced in the Loire Atlantique department and traditional cider from Normandy is also very popular.
A Place in the Sun Brittany – Currency ConversionWhen moving overseas, making sure you get the best exchange rate possible is essential to starting your new life on a sound footing. White & Company has an exclusive arrangement an FX Firm (foreign exchange company). Simply follow the link below to see what additional monies you will receive compared to using your high street bank and to set up a free no obligation account. White and Company/foreign-exchange
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