I'm always fantasizing about a blissful life in a tranquil rural setting, with no work obligations, but plenty of veg growing, chickens, home-schooling (two kids aged 2 and 5) and practical/creative/building projects on the go. The way property values are going I can't help but think that if I sold my (very modest) London home, once I'd paid the mortgage off the money left would go a long way somewhere like Spain. Or I could rent this place out and live off the income. Perhaps I could actually do it? But then maybe I'd hate it... Has anyone on here done anything similar? What are the francophile expats up to and how's it working out for you? @lost-en-france @tuesday_wildchild Talk me out of it and help me to be happy with my lot...or help me see that it could be a joyous reality and give me some ammunition so I can talk the mrs into it.