Print Posted By Lost in France on 6 Jun 2010 in Real France - Expat Interviews

Running a Chambres D'hotes in Brittany

After spending her summer holidays grape picking Laura moved to France permanently in 2005 where she now runs a Chambres D'hotes in the beautiful town Huelgoat in Brittany.

LaurasWhat made you move to France and how long have you lived here?
I first came to France when I was about 22 years old to pick grapes, I came back most years until I was 28.

The people were wonderful even though I spoke no French, I picked up a few words.
I worked from Bordeaux up to the Cognac area each year, and then promised myself that one day I would live in France.

I moved to France in 2005 and it took 2 years to do the renovation on my house..

Which part of France do you live in, and what's it like to live there?
I live in Huelgoat, Brittany, I now have a Chambres D'hotes that I opened in April 2008 It is wonderful here as tourists come from all over the world to see the Enchanted forest of Huelgoat, 600 hectares.
We also have a beautiful Lake, which takes 1 hour to walk round..

Open quote. Interviewee gives their moving to France tips Come in the winter and see the WET side of life Close quote

What is your age?
I'm 61.

Where were you born?
Lybster, Scotland.

Do you work, if so what do you do and how difficult was it to find work or start a business in France?
My Chambres D'hotes is called 'Laura's', 2 Impasse des Cendres, Huelgoat 29690. The Marie and the locals made it very easy for me to adjust to life here.

A local bar called 'The Brittany Bar' is owned by a Cornish man named David who helped me a lot. A good friend now, called Christine Henthorne who works in a local Estate agents does all my translations and problems with tax forms etc. Also The tourism Office helps all they can. So life is good.

Huelgoat's ForestWhat was the worst mistake you made when buying in France?
Not getting 3 quotes for any work done.
Believing at face value what you are told.

Your best tip or advice to other people considering moving to France?
Come in the winter and see the WET side of life, and any problems with the house of you choice.

You must integrate and not be just ex-pats. The French are adorable.

Did you find it hard to integrate or adjust to your new life in France and do you have any tips to help others?
No problems at all. Just ask for help and you wont believe how nice people can be.

What's the best thing about living in France?
No stress. If you have a problem ....Sort it.

And the worst?

What do you think?

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