Where to go.. ?

The house search has been taking over my brain for the past few months. Here are some questions that have been constantly running through my brain from the moment I wake up until the moment my eyes close.. much too late at night.. due to too much thinking! Who would have guessed it :-p

Where to go?
What type of house?
How many bedrooms?
Small town or bigger town?
Does it have quick internet?
Is there a grocery store? Not a corner store...
Are there activities or rec centre or library?
How about a weekly market?
Does the town nearby have schools for the children?
Will the children actually be allowed to attend the school?
I hope to ride bikes.. is it super hilly?
How many minutes from a larger town is it?
Is there transit to the larger town or will we need a car?
How far from the nearest airport?
Where does that airport fly to?

I have been emailing and googling and google street viewing and searching blogs for ideas... my brain is done and I think we have found something! Phew!

I had ruled out Provence  several months ago due to the prices that I had seen when searching for a rental. I moved further south west in my search as it seemed that long term rentals were more affordable yet I had never really let go of my desire to spend time in Provence.  After speaking with a few families that spent part of their sabbaticals with young children in Provence.. I headed back on a whim to search. It's a little misleading when you search for accommodation on VRBO or Air BnB when you look at the nightly rate. However, when you email the owners for a 6 month rental price, the numbers are much more pleasing to the eye. I had done this a bunch in the South West but hadn't done it in Provence.  Anyways, we found a sweet little town that two families I know could vouch for that is located in a lovely little area near the Dentelles Montmirail mountain range. It meets my list of criteria and appears to have a very on the ball property owner. Oh, and it is an area with tons of hiking, biking, rock climbing and TONS of vineyards surrounding the village an covering the hillsides... 🍷🍷🍷

Hopefully in the coming weeks we can fully commit and put all of this property searching behind me :)


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