Len Clark, owner of a holiday home near Saumur in the heart of the Loire countrysideMy name is Len Clark and I’d like to take you with me on a journey through memory and hope.  We have had a second home in the Loire Valley (near Saumur in Maine-et-Loire) for about 8 years.  We are hoping to make the move to France within the next 6 months or so and plan a year’s trial to see whether we make it permanent.

My wife, Anne, and I have always had a love affair with France.  She spent a year in Brittany after her A-levels and speaks very good French.  I stumbled along with French that would make Tony Blair look fluent (although I hope it has since improved).  Every time we went with the children for a summer holiday we would fantasize about buying a place in France … but that”s only for the wealthy, isn”t it?

And so it would have stayed until my sister-in-law changed the rules.  But that’s for next time.

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