Caroline LongstaffeLiving in Provence

Expat Living in Lourmarin Our House in Provence

Contributor blog post by Caroline Longstaffe:

Back in March I wrote about the excitement of returning somewhere special, to Lourmarin, quoting from Daphne du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’ “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” I also mentioned that I had an appointment with a real estate agent….

A great deal has happened since then, but it all began with an email from our charming, Swiss friend Walter who manages several Lourmarin rental properties, many of which we have rented. We met in 2013 through my blogging friend Susan, do read her recent post ‘Better call Walter’ it sums him up perfectly!

…Continue reading here to learn about how dreams of living in Provence as a part-time expat can come true. If you are thinking of buying real estate in France there are some important terms you need to know immobilier (real estate agency), Compte de Vente (preliminary contract of sale), notaire (legal specialist).

Read more about buying property in France here.

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Caroline Longstaffe

Caroline Longstaffe

A traveller at heart, Caroline says she was most probably born under a wandering star. This English girl lives in California, but has a soft spot for France. After living in Provence for 18 months, she admits that she is now torn between the towns of Uzes and Lourmarin - she cannot decide which is her favourite. During her stay in Provence, Caroline launched her blog Shutters and Sunflowers. Her blog is about passion, about living the journey not waiting to get to the destination.


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    Kristophe R.
    August 11, 2022 at 12:47 am — Reply

    We are from the UK and had been considering retiring to this region but a recent WSJ article goes into how the EU is threatening the lavender industry with regulation. As you know lavender and lavender oil go back to the Romans. What is your take on the future of lavender in France? Incredibly they point to it being carcinogenic, a joke when you consider that tabacs are everywhere and allowed to sell cigarettes without constraint not to mention how many carcinogens are allowed in so many products on supermarket shelves. THANK YOU>

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      August 11, 2022 at 8:57 am — Reply

      Hello, Thank you for taking the time to read Perfectly Provence and write a note. That is an interesting article in the WSJ. I am no expert, but there are many farmers who grow lavender organically, so that might be helpful in the future.

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