Moving to the Var

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Hi everyone! I will be visiting the Var mainly the Cotignac area in the late spring and really would love to meet up with some local english people who have been living in the area, particularly those with young children. We are thinking of moving to Cotignac in 2015 and will be bringing our daughter and husband and three small children and are very excited.. Our trip is one of many we have done over the past year in deciding where we want to finally put down roots, and are very keen to meet up with people to find out more about life in general in the Var area and in particular in Cotignac! If anyone is able to meet up with us for coffee that would be fantastic!  We will be renting in the village...Look forward to hearing from you... Philippa

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Rosie25-646598 1389812377

It is indeed a lovely place and there are quite a few expats around there. There is also a group on Facebook who post about life in the village. Here is the link to it;


https://www.facebook.com/ProvenceLiving?fref=ts


I am about 40 minutes from there near Le Cannet Des Maures and love it except in January and February. 

cetrange-643750 1390206992

You will not have too many problems locating English-speaking foreigners in the Cotignac area; it is vert popular with Belgians, Dutchies and Brits in general as it is a lot more affordable than the coast and the area around the A8. Late spring is when a lot of the non-locals come back for a visit or from their urban city retreats so the villages will start to be a bit more lively then.


Since you are not certain re. exact location I would like to advise you against Salernes, despite its school(s). Same for Carces, weird vibes...


Cotignac is the most lively village in that area, albeit a bit touristy during market days and in the summer.


I spent a bit more than a year in Entrecasteaux, a cute village but only if you want to spend all year there; if not it will always seem like an expats' place.


Happy living in Provence!


 


 

forever-917600 1390209444

Thank you for your reply! 


If you had to make a choice then, in Provence,  or otherwise,where might be a great place to live?


We toured the Luberon, we love Provence, but cannot afford to live south of the A8 due to costs... Any help regarding great schools, great village with a lovely atmosphere, would be very useful.


Kind regards,


 


Philippa

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Hello Rosie,


Thank you for your reply! 


If you had to make a choice then, in Provence,  or otherwise,where might be a great place to live?


We toured the Luberon, we love Provence, but cannot afford to live south of the A8 due to costs... Any help regarding great schools, great village with a lovely atmosphere, would be very useful.


I hear the Var is very cold in the winter months? But then it is here too - however, we dont want to be anywhere desolate in the winter months! Any suggestions?


 


Kind regards,


 


Philippa

cetrange-643750 1390226233

Most villages north of the A8 are very calm in the winter months but that's the charme of rural living, isn't it? Stay as close to the A8 as you can afford, I suggest, also for schools. Not really "la Provence" there but at least mild in the winter.


The Luberon is super dead in the winter plus the mass exodus of the Brits due to the nose dive of the pound against the Euro but affordable housing as a result ;-)


Anything close to any major city is going to be congested, busy and well, touristy.


 

forever-917600 1390229261

Thanks Rosie, whats it like with or near you?

winephil-644537 1390297804

You might like to look at the British Association of the Var  www.baofthevar.com or call the chairman Rob Flanagan chairman@baofthevar.com who can tell you where the next meeting will be held. Ther are about 450 members all over the Var and 7 in Cotignac. Lindsay Phillips in Lorgues www.stmarcdesomedes.com 

forever-917600 1390298910

Thank you!


 

winephil-644537 1390311074

You might like to look at joining the British Association of the Var. Look at www.baofthevar.com. There are about 400 members in the Var and 7 in Cotignac. I have lived in Lorgues for 20 years which is the geographic centre of the Var and we think Cotignac is rather off the beaten track. Have you considered Lorgues? It is bigger and easier access.


The schools are very good for all ages and have many non French pupils.  Lindsay Phiilips  www.stmarkdesomedes.com or winephil@aol.com

winephil-644537 1390311586

I have lived in Lorgues for 20 years and we think Cotignac is rather off the beaten track as a permanent home especially if there are school age children involved. The Lorgues schools are known to be very good. You might contact the British Association of the Var - I tried to put their web site but it was deleted by Anglo info. I should be delighted to help you when you arrive. Lindsay Phillips in Lorgues 067070 7881

forever-917600 1390323282

Thank You Lindsay! Yes will be in touch, any other villages you can recommend whilst we are down for our whistle stop tour to visit?


 


Much appreciated.


 


 

forever-917600 1390323408

Hi Lindsay, do you do long term rentals? We will be looking to rent initially before we settle - or can you point me in the right direction?


Thanks


 

winephil-644537 1390328623

I do not post replies very often hence I did not see there was a second page repeated my message three times. Sorry.


If you look at my site www.stmarcdesomedes.com or look at Alistair Sawdays French places to stay you will see the ground floor of our old house. We rent this for holidays in the summmer for serious money but if you wanted it for a month or two any time before mid June it is empty. It is quite separate to our part on the ist and 2nd floors and has it's own entrance on the south side ground floor. For a month we could think about £ 1600.? Ring me for more info..


There are lots of charming villages north of the A8, but Lorgues is a small market town big enough to have good shops, many doctors, banks, and most important schools. And it is only 12km from Draguignan,a subprefecture, where you find more doctors, hospitals and other things which you hope not to use, but it's good to know they are not too far when you need them.


Regards, Lindsay 


 


 


 

forever-917600 1390339417

Thanks again! Yes we will be renting but it will be for long term (a year) so probably not suitable, but will be in touch soon, thank you!


 

Parman 1399282630

We looked around the area but decided to bite the bullet and go just south of the A8 to La Garde Freinet and it was less expensive than we thought and so much better in every way. Even in January we can walk on the beach in just a light jacket most days. Have a look at our lively village which doesnt close for winter. Ignore advertised prices as at the moment it is a buyes/renters market.


James

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We've lived in Roquebrune sur Argens for 10 years now, and really love it, it's quite simply, home. R s/A is a spread-out community in 3 parts, with part of it 4 kms above the A8 and the main medieval hill village a few kms below, plus there is the sea 10kms distant at Les Issambres, safe sand beach etc.


The local schools are excellent, as are the medical, dental and vet facilities, and all the major commerces are within a 10 minute drive, plus the motorway exit is ± 15 mins away. 


This area escaped the price hike of the mid noughties for some reason, guess it's too unspoilt and rural to be considerd chic, and the house prices are very reasonable. That's unfortunate for us as we have to sell and move on (desperately don't want to) and will probably end up selling for not much more than we paid in 2004!


Do give it a chance, maybe stop and have lunch and a swim at the lake to get a feel of the place. I'm sure it won't be long before it attracts the attention of those looking for a bargain!

NO TIME TO LOOK-644912 1399901936

There is an English magazine that covers life in the Var Villages, called Var Village Voice (www.varvillagevoice.com). It may give you some unbiased local information.


 


Consider the lovely Provencal village of Salernes which is mid way between Lorgues and Cotignac. It MAY turn out to be a very good investment as, from 1 May, a new golf range has opened there which, in time, will be developed into a 9 hole practice golf course (and golf tends to attract  international clientele).


 


Good luck et bonne chance

NO TIME TO LOOK-644912 1399901937

There is an English magazine that covers life in the Var Villages, called Var Village Voice (www.varvillagevoice.com). It may give you some unbiased local information.


 


Consider the lovely Provencal village of Salernes which is mid way between Lorgues and Cotignac. It MAY turn out to be a very good investment as, from 1 May, a new golf range has opened there which, in time, will be developed into a 9 hole practice golf course (and golf tends to attract  international clientele).


 


Good luck et bonne chance

Scout-989790 1438515795

This posting is more than a year old and I'm hoping I can jump in this late in the party. Cetrange writes "Entrecasteaux... will always seem like an expats' place." I can't work out what that means. Can someone fill me in? What's an "expats' place'?

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