From a steady job in the UK to a renovation project in France – One man’s journey

After 25 years in business Andrew Hazlewood decided to sell his shares in an engineering business and reinvest his money by buying a derelict farmhouse in Brittany, France.  Why?

Andrew says “It was now or never for me, I could see myself spending the rest of my working life doing the same job and I needed a fresh challenge. My wife and I saw the house for sale in an estate agents window in the medieval town of Dol-de-Bretagne; we viewed it that afternoon and found ourselves signing on the dotted line very quickly.”  Andrew moved to France leaving Clare to look after their teenage children and keep the family finances going.  Clare says “I missed Andrew but I was wrapped up in work and the children so had to get on with it.  The farmhouse was originally renovated for us to live in so Andrew spent a long time and a lot of money installing insulation and completing the renovation to a high standard.”  However after much soul searching the couple decided that they were not
in a position to move out to France full time.  “The dream turned into reality” says Andrew “and we decided to rent out the house for holiday lets via  Renting out the farmhouse to couples, groups and families has been a great success as the house is so well placed for beaches and the many attractions the area has to offer.  We spend as much time as we can in France and as we have 5 enormous bedrooms and plenty of bathrooms visitors are always welcome!” What next for the family?  “I’m a glutton for punishment” says Andrew, “I am working on short contracts in the UK so that I can have the freedom to go out to France and start on property number two.  It is a smaller project with three bedrooms but now I have gained so many renovation skills it would be a shame to let them go to waste!  And Clare?  It looks like she is resigning herself to another long winter on her own and expensive phone bills.

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