Planning Your Viewing Trip After Lockdown

Planning Your Viewing Trip After Lockdown

Those three words location location location have rarely been more important when it comes to house hunting in France than in the current circumstances, this is why …

France is a big country, in fact it’s the 2nd largest in Europe so it’s crucial to narrow down your preferred area (and fine tune your criteria) in order to maximise your chances of finding your dream house when the crisis has ended.

French newspaper Le Figaro reports that after weeks of confinement in small flats many city folks are looking to move to rural areas, particularly Parisians and Londoners. And judging by the substantial increase in web traffic on My-French-House.com in recent weeks we’d tend to agree.

Once the lockdown is over and travel restrictions start to ease, motivated buyers will be quick to go out and secure their ideal country retreat as soon as possible. This is especially true for brits and europeans who can travel by car or by rail.

In other words our top tip is to prepare and make each trip worth three, and that you are ready. But for now the advice remains stay home, stay safe, and keep looking at our website, our blog and social media channels.

Did you know the SW France area alone (Occitanie + Nouvelle Aquitaine) is larger than England? And you probably didn’t know the surface area of France is almost 5 times larger than England!  The land size of England is 130,395 km² and France is 643,801 km², we’ll let you do the maths and feel free to share on twitter.

It's essential that you research the various regions before you start thinking about your dream french property, this will be usually influenced by access, climate and of course property prices.

See below some other facts that may be of interest and perhaps influence your decision when it comes to choosing a town or an area. England vs France, here some interesting facts you may or may not know … enjoy and stay safe.


UK & ENGLAND FACTS


England is country of the United Kingdom UK. The land area of England is 130,395 km² and its population is 55.98 million (source  ONS UK)
  • The highest point is Scafell Pike at 978 meters
  • The longest river is the Thames (346 km), but the Severn is officially Britain's longest river as it flows through both Wales and England.
  • The largest Lake is Windermere (14.7 sq km).
  • The highest Waterfall is Cauldron Snout (Cumbria) 60 metres high.
  • The Tallest Building is The Shard in London at 310 metres
Food
The UK’s favorite dish is a traditional Sunday roast cited by 43% of Brits as their favorite comfort food, followed by the pub classic steak & chips by 35%.

Climate in the UK
In general the climate of the UK is cool and often cloudy and rainy, and high temperatures are infrequent. Northern areas are generally cooler and wetter, and have slightly larger temperature ranges than southern areas. The UK is mostly under the influence of the maritime polar air mass from the north-west.

Monthly average temperatures range from 3 degrees in winter (feb.) to approx 17 degrees celsius in summer (2018), although this seems to be increasing due to climate change.


FACTS ABOUT FRANCE

France is a country of the European Union (EU).  The land area of the meropole is 643,801 km² while its population is  66.99 million (source  insee). England and the UK are 35 km from France (approx 20 miles) and is linked by a tunnel under the English Channel.

  • The highest point is Mont Blanc at 4,808 meters, the highest in the Alps.
  • The Longest river is the Loire, its a length is 1012 kilometres.
  • The largest Lake, is Lac du Bourget; a lake at the southernmost end of the Jura Mountains, it is the deepest lake entirely within France and has a surface area of 4,450 hectares.
  • The highest Waterfall are Gavarnie Falls (Hautes Pyrenees) with an overall drop of 422 metres.
  • The tallest Building is the world famous Eiffel Tower in Paris at 300 meters
French Food
Also called beef Burgundy, this is one of the most classic French dishes, and usually ranks as France's favourite food. And the famous steak frites with it's many sauces and variants, our favorite being a bavette a l'échalotte.

Climate in France
France has cold winters and hot summers in central and eastern France (continental climate). Warm and dry summers, rainfall from October to April (damp but mild weather) and ample sunshine all year round in South Eastern France (Mediterranean climate). Monthly average temperatures range from -3 in winter to 22 degree celsius in summer.