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With its miles of river banks, plentiful lakes and unspoilt Atlantic coast, south west France is ideal for anglers of all varieties. Let our resident fishing expert show you where to fish throughout the year - there's nothing like local knowledge to make sure you make the most of your angling hours...

 

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One of the reasons often quoted for moving to France Profonde is 'for land' - our own garden to tend and the space to experiment with potagers and vegetables. We dream of sunny afternoons spent nurturing our crops and flowers before retiring to the terrace with a healthy glow for a well-earned apéro!

We all have shelves groaning under the weight of books advising us what to plant in shady place and how to lay out the perfect garden, but there's nothing better than a bit of local advice from people who have been here and done it. Trevor Bridge and his wife Jocelyn are just such a couple who, after running a busy landscape architect practice in the UK for 20 years, moved to an ancient fermette the region a few years ago. They regularly write for Living Magazine, sharing their advice and experience. Here we gather together a collection of their articles as well as some articles from other local gardeners....

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A - ANGELICA
B - BEER
C - COGNAC
D - DESSERTS
E - ECHIRÉ BUTTER
F - FISH & FRUIT DE MER
G - GOAT’S CHEESE
H - HONEY
I - ILE DE RÉ POTATOES
J - JUS DE POMME PÉTILLANT
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Alexa
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Think of France and our minds immediately turn to the country's wonderful food and drink. It is in the DNA of the country where a long lunch is the norm and the enjoyment of good food is considered the right of everyone. But unlike its neighbours, the Poitou-Charentes region tends to hide its culinary delights under a bushel. However, live here and you quickly discover that there is an amazing variety of local produce with small artisan producers, and large ones, showing extraordinary dedication and skill. Here, we open the doors to these delights, showing you the best that this region has to offer and how to both taste and cook with the specialities on offer.