Expatriates planning on relocating abroad to France and purchasing property in the nation have a number of things to consider.
A FrenchEntree.com spokeswoman said some of the things that can impact a decision include nearby employment opportunities, schools and transport links.
Furthermore, the "softer aspects of atmosphere and that treasured mental image of the ideal home" can come into play for people seeking a permanent residence, she continued.
The representative noted that the "postcard vistas and benign climate" of Charente and the Dordogne have made these locations popular choices, although she explained "real value" can be found by families who are willing to search "further inland".
"France has a way of surprising you," the spokeswoman said, declaring that generalising about particular areas would be "misleading".
According to the US Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook, there are around 75 million tourists in France every year, making it the most visited country on Earth.