What a long strange trip…

…it’s been.

After being over here in France for 8 months, and with an initial completion date of 31st August, we’ve finally signed and the house at St Erblon is all ours – lock, stock and fucking barrel.

I wouldn’t say it’s been an easy process, although, from our side of things as cash purchasers with no chain, it should have been. One – if not both – of the vendors has quite frankly been a cunt, but as the story is a long one and I’m a tad pissed, the full account is something I’ll have to save for another day…

…but it will be told,

It’s been – as they say – a fucking emotional rollercoaster…

We signed with the notaire at about 4pm today, went over to the house and changed the locks and then sorted out changing the billing for electricity and water with the help of our estate agent.

We then came home and sank a bottle of Veuve Clicquot with our French neighbours.

Now we’re in for the night after pizza and a bottle of cheap Sauvignon Blanc feeling that we’ve finally reached the start of what we really came over here for.

Various tradesmen are booked for the next couple of weeks as we get estimates for work to get the house at St Erblon the way we want it.

The real French experience starts here…

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3 Responses

  1. You are only a couple of hours from our little Hideaway near Gace, sadly we only get over there for visits. Hope all goes well, France can be a funny place!

    We bought our place from a rather difficult man too, first he would sign then he wouldn’t then he did, but then he wanted to stay there for the summer and not move out! I think it slipped from about May to mid August. C’est la vie as they say.

  2. Congrats! It’ll all be worth it once you are in and settled. 🙂

  3. Well done and congratulations to you both.

    I look forward to hearing more.

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