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Côte Roannaise

Up, up, up in the sky they go!

Amazing planes at the Aerien Internationale Roanne this September.



Critérium du Dauphiné – June 2015

The Critérium du Dauphiné (UCI World Tour Stage Race) is being staged during June. (7-14 June 2015.) Luckily it is once again visiting the Roannais region, and our home-base, Perreux. Starting in Roanne and finishing in Montagny. We’ll be watching it as it finishes this 3rd stage of a great precursor race to the Tour de […]



‘Le Cuvage’ in the Roannais: “One of the best holiday rentals in France!”

”Le Cuvage” – originally a very large ‘Pressoir’ (winemaking barn)  servicing the household the Château des Cresses. Situated in original chateau woodland 18th Century Le Cuvage has been superbly renovated into a stunning character property with contemporary interior design styling. Architecturally designed by a renowned French Architect. Beautiful grounds and countryside around Le Cuvage are […]


Fields at Le Cuvage

English Wedding with French Wine made by an Englishman in France!

How about that! The recent Saddleworth wedding of Olivia and Christian, near Manchester was a stunning affair. Set in traditional English countryside with the beautiful bride riding to her wedding reception on her own horse called ‘Max’, and accompanied by her new husband, Christian, and terrier dog called ‘Bella’. An absolute classic! Following a traditional […]


Olivia on Horse

Simon Hawkins and his Domaine du Fontenay Wines.

Simon Hawkins, artisan wine-maker in the tiny Côte Roannaise appellation.  A range of authentic wines from sustainable viticulture and natural, hands-off wine making. HANDS-OFF WINEMAKING Simon Hawkins says: “Although our attitude to producing grapes is definitely hands-on, we adopt a completely hands-off approach to the wine making. Having worked hard all year to obtain high quality grapes, […]



The best French Property opportunities in the Rhône-Alpes.

Pure France Now is teaming up once again with major regional property agency, Cabinet Ginet. Our mission is to offer prospective UK buyers a direct and responsive service when looking for a holiday property or main residence in France, and, more, specifically showcasing what the beautiful Roannais in the Rhône-Alpes region has to offer. Pure […]



Pure France Now presents the Pure Genius of Emmane Designs.

Pure France Now is promoting the remarkable, creative genius of Emmane. Our new updated website coming soon will feature a selection of metal and ceramic gift products which reflect the unique originality of Emmane designs. Each product is individually handcrafted in Emmane’s studio in the heart of the Côte Roannaise in France. Her design collection […]



Maison Pralus opens new shop in Lyon.

François Pralus opens his first main Lyon shop in October/November 2013 at 32 Rue de Brest, Lyon. So far this new Pralus Boutique has hit record sales during its opening month. The Lyonnaise has been waiting while to taste the quality of Pralus’s chocolate products and patisserie selection, including the famous Praluline brioche. It looks […]



Chateau de Champlong should be a Michelin-starred restaurant in the Roannais! By Brian Franklin

There is no doubt following our recent visit to Château de Champlong for a celebratory family meal that the accumulation of stunning surroundings, service, quality and imagination of menu from the kitchen of Olivier Boizet, that this superb establishment should be awarded a bright and shiny Michelin star very soon. This month we came away […]


Balloons at Dawn in the Roannais.

If you get up early enough in the morning (around 5.00) and drive to the foothills of the Monts de la Madeleine, near the little village of St Haon-le Vieux, you may be in for a great surprise. When the weather is good, and the sky is blue The local Montgolfiere Group are often preparing […]


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