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Le Cuvage

‘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

Living the French Dream arrives in the Roannais!

The first edition of Brian Franklin’s new book, ‘Living the French Dream’, has finally been printed, and delivered to the Roannais ! Now expanded to over 180 pages of images and text, with a personal story of discovery and adventure, along with a history of two amazing property renovations in the heart of the Roannais, […]


Living the French Dream. A new book by Brian Franklin.

This new book by Brian Franklin provides both a comic and serious insight into discovering ‘real’ France for the first time, and a personal story of creating a family home in the Roannais region of the Rhône-Alpes. ___________________________________________________________________________ Through over 160 pages of full colour images and detailed text ‘Living the French Dream’ leads you […]


Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in the Roannais!

Yes. We were definitely not going to be left out of the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations here in France, so Purefrancenow invited some of our close French friends to enjoy the festivities with us in true British style! A little bizarre you may think for the French to celebrate with us, but as we enjoy […]


Winter Wonderland at Le Cuvage in the Roannais.

During the recent snowy period in France ‘Le Cuvage’ has looked like a winter wonderland. ‘ Le Cuvage’ is one of the best holiday rental opportunities in the Roannais, Rhône-Alpes, and a French winter break with some safe family ski-ing here is ideal. You can get the best of many worlds, with  top quality French […]


Le Cuvage Story: A Dream Home in the Roannais by Brian Franklin

The last chapter about ‘Le Cuvage’, but certainly not the end of the story! At last! The work is over, the spending has slowed down, and the results of all our efforts can be clearly seen and appreciated. In some respects, there is an element of anti-climax about it all. As we neared the final […]


Le Cuvage Story: ‘The Finishing Touches’ by Brian Franklin

One of the salient reasons our Le Cuvage project progressed with such confidence and competence was the planning. We employed a French quantity surveyor, along with an independent project assessor, conducteur/ driver, as our French friends called him. Before we moved a single lump of earth or hacked into any structure, we commissioned a comprehensive […]


‘Topping Off’ celebrations at Le Cuvage in the Roannais by Brian Franklin

Over the Autumn in 2005 our ‘Grand Design’ project in the Roannais continued apace. Incredibly, all the work progressed like clockwork. Even we were amazed at how smoothly things went. Our previous renovation and conversion of The Stables at the Château des Cresses was, to be honest, fraught with various beginner’s problems, mostly due to […]


It’s a serious business building in the Roannais, Rhône-Alpes.

So just what is involved in converting an old property in The Roannais, in the Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France, north-west of Lyon? Brian Franklin continues his story of how he and his wife, Lucy, slowly and sympathetically renovated a collection of outbuildings found in the grounds of the Chateau des Cresses, near the medieval […]


Reality arrives in The Roannais by Brian Franklin

Brian Franklin’s historical account of their discovery of the Roannais continues in This French Life  during March –  ‘REALITY ARRIVES IN ‘THE ROANNAIS’ Following on from our new discovery in the Roannais, Rhône-Alpes, and our eventual purchase of ‘The Stables’ there is, of course, much more to tell. We paid around £12,000 for this building […]


Discovering the Roannais by Brian Franklin on

Purefrancenow and This French Life join forces with a monthly editorial series featuring an historical account of Brian and Lucy Franklin’s discovery of the Roannais in the Rhône-Alpes region, renovating and developing property, and living ‘The French Dream’. For this month’s newsletter article on ‘Discovering the Roannais’ visit


Great Family Holidays in the Wonderful Roannais

Go no further ! If you want a great family holiday in an unspoilt, typical French region with great food, beautiful scenery, incredible chateaux, medieval villages, and plenty of fun activities for all the family to enjoy, then come to the Roannais. It has much to offer. Nestling between Burgundy, the Massif Central and the […]


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