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Come and join the party! Great Pays Basque festivals to enjoy in 2018

The Pays Basque in South West France has some of the biggest and best festivals for sure. The summer months are especially popular, but in truth you will discover local festivals in many communities throughout the year. Each festival has its own traditions, although events generally will have shared themes, for example music, concerts, puppets, artisanal craft markets, plenty of food and drink as well as fireworks as a finale.

Here in the beautiful Pays Basque, we know what makes a great party…. so here are just a few that have caught our eye.

– Fêtes de Bayonne (see photo). This captivating little city of timber-framed houses is set on the confluence of two rivers. Since 1462, every spring (29th March – 1st April 2018) the town has held a Foire au Jambon de Bayonne in honour of the world-famous ham. Every July (25th – 29th 2018) a 5 day festival is held – the largest in France. Many people will dress in red and white (the colours of the Spanish city, Pamplona) and enjoy the music, street theatre and parades. 

– Saint-Jean-de-Luz. This popular fishing resort has beautiful beaches and plenty of charm. In June, the town holds a Fête de la Saint-Jean to celebrate the arrival of summer and its’ patron saint. Expect concerts, colourful costumes and lots of food and drink. The following month be sure to catch the Fête du Thon (7th July 2018) in recognition of the town’s status as the first tuna port in France. There is even a Nuit de la Sardine too!

– Anglet is home to some of the beast beaches in France and has some superb surfing conditions too. Each July (10-13th 2018) there is an international surf film festival which brings together amateurs and professionals to celebrate cinematographic achievements… all surfing related. Alternatively, if rugby’s your game, why not try beach rugby? The summer festival is held this year between 20th & 22nd July. 

These are our choices; why not tell us which festivals in the Pays Basque are your favourites?

Kiwi Construction delivers professional expertise, exceptional customer service and quality construction to all its’ clients covering the Biarritz, the Pays Basque and Landes departments. 

Contact:
Grant & Joeline Norris
+33 (0)5 58 55 35 22 / +33 (0)6 03 18 53 31
grant.norris@wanadoo.fr
https://www.kiwiconstruction.fr/ 

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3 reasons to love Christmas in South West France

If you love Christmas, then there are plenty of reasons to choose the south west France and here are our three favourites. The Landes, Pays Basque and Béarn in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region each have their own distinctive identity, culture, food and drink: and Christmas is no exception.

1. Food and drink. Le Réveillon is the traditional Christmas meal on 24th December, where family and friends gather to enjoy a feast of culinary delights, usually consisting of 7 or 8 courses. A French Christmas would be incomplete without oysters and in this part of the world the Hossegor oysters are the finest, usually served as an appetiser with a glass of champagne, of course! Seafood is an important ingredient as well, with gambas (a type of large shrimp) and other types of fish on the menu; followed by either a succulent goose, a capon chicken or a tasty duck and of course foie gras. Let’s not forget either the delicious cheeses from the Pyrénées …

2. Christmas markets. France is famous for its’ markets and Christmas is no different. You will discover Marchés de Noël throughout December, with many towns and larger villages providing the perfect opportunity to spend time looking for gifts or ornate decorations in the brightly coloured chalets and stalls. Especially in the smaller markets, the products will generally be made by local artisans and are of good quality. There is also plenty of delicious food to satisfy our appetites and vin chaud to warm us on the colder winter evenings.

3. Christmas lights. Even in the smaller towns and villages, local people take real pride in their decorations, with the sparkly lights illuminating brightly against the dark December skies. Definitely worth a trip out in the evening to soak up the festive atmosphere.

These are just three reasons why we so enjoy Christmas in this beautiful part of South West France: what do you love most about the festive season?

Kiwi Construction delivers professional expertise, exceptional customer service and quality construction to all its’ clients covering the Biarritz, the Pays Basque and Landes departments.

Contact:
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+33 (0)5 58 55 35 22 / +33 (0)6 03 18 53 31
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The Pays Basque: the best place to live in France?

Why do we believe this? The Pays Basque in south western France has an exceptional coastline, beautiful beaches, and superb food and drink, taking the very best produce from the sea and from the land. It has festivals during the year which are lively, colourful and fun, with a language that is unique in Europe and a culture which is very special.

History, culture and geography come together in this delightful region, to create a land and a people that are welcoming, successfully marrying old traditions with more and contemporary lifestyles in a way that is both inspiring and impressive.

There’s no doubt that the Pays Basque is exceptional as a place to live, to work and for a vacation. The Basque region covers both France and Spain, with the French side consisting of three provinces Labourd, Bas Navarre, and Soule on the Atlantic coast. It has a history of autonomy and independence which gives the region its own identity, flag and local cultural traditions.

Architectural heritage is extremely important. Throughout the area you will notice the distinctive style of the Maison Basque houses, either red (“Basque red”) and white or green and white in colour. As a company which has worked in the Pays Basque for many years, we understand the planning issues and cultural considerations which ensure that the region is so attractive and appealing to newcomers and those who have lived here all their lives.

Geographically the Pays Basque has the best of so many worlds, with its amazing coastline, pretty countryside and the magnificent Pyrénées mountains which are not too far away. If you are looking at the Basque coast there are plenty of resorts to choose from, starting at Hendaye on the Spanish border, next up Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Guéthary, Bidart (see photo), Biarritz before finishing at Tarnos Plage.

Finally, let’s not forget the delicious food and drink! Tasty Bayonne ham, sweet chilli peppers, excellent local seafood, especially oysters and mullet fish; perhaps enjoyed with a glass (or two…) of Jurançon wine.
We love living here – why not discover this stunning part of France for yourself? Whether you are looking for a second home or a permanent residence, it’s the perfect choice.

Kiwi Construction delivers professional expertise, exceptional customer service and quality construction to all its’ clients covering the Biarritz, the Pays Basque and Landes departments.
Contact:
Grant & Joeline Norris
+33 (0)5 58 55 35 22 / +33 (0)6 03 18 53 31
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Creating a dream swimming pool in your French property

When you have found the French property you’ve been looking for but it does not have a swimming pool or the existing one doesn’t quite live up to your expectations it can be disappointing. But with the right advice, planning and construction you can have the swimming pool that you dream for… and what’s more you will add value to your house as well as making it more attractive as a holiday let.

Whatever the nature of the project – replacing an entire roof, installing a new kitchen or bathroom, re-wiring a property or plastering the walls and so on – it’s important to ensure that the build process is in keeping with its’ existing surroundings. Renovating or installing a new swimming pool is no different. That’s why even if you are seeking a pool and a terraced area which is modern and contemporary in design, we’ll work closely with you to ensure that the look and the feel is sympathetic to the setting. You can be confident that you will have a great finished product which is affordable and uses quality materials.

Kiwi Construction can attend to the groundworks, installation and plumbing as well as the deck area. We can offer a choice of reinforced concrete or fibreglass pools. In the photos you can see how we have approached a range of different swimming pool projects. These include a pool area where we are currently constructing a feature wall alongside the terrace using original stone from the property; another where we have installed new sleepers using high quality timber to provide a solid construction for the new terrace; and finally a project where you can see members of our team carefully providing the finishing touches to the tiles.

The final result will look fantastic and enable you or your guests to relax and enjoy a sunny day by the pool.

Kiwi Construction delivers professional expertise, exceptional customer service and quality construction to all its’ clients covering the Biarritz, the Pays Basque and Landes departments.

Contact:
Grant & Joeline Norris
+33 (0)5 58 55 35 22 / +33 (0)6 03 15 53 31
grant.norris@wanadoo.fr
https://www.kiwiconstruction.fr/

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Marrying the old with the new

What’s your preferred style of French property? A traditional farmhouse set in the countryside; an elegant town house or maybe a villa that’s perfect for a short trip to the beach…. Finding a dream in France is an exciting project and one full of possibilities. And if you’ve already bought your home, getting started with the renovation is the important next stage.

France has a rich and varied local heritage with different architectural styles evident in each part of the country. In the Landes and Pays Basques regions in south west France property construction similarly reflects the traditions and culture of these areas with a several distinctive building types.

The pretty red and white houses are typical of the Pays Basques region, generally rectangular in shape and constructed using stone; the Maisons Béarnaises identifiable from their steeply pitched tile or slate roofs; and half-timbered colombage farmhouses and houses which are popular in various parts of the Landes and Pays Basques.

In the Pays Basque the majority of colombage properties are farmhouses which have upper floors generally constructed in an oak timber frame. In the north Landes area – notable for the huge Forêt des Landes that covers two-thirds of the area, providing plenty of wood for local building trades – you will also find beach style houses and Oustaù properties notable for their wood pigeon wing-shaped roofs.

Once you’ve found your dream home in France and you’re planning your renovation project, deciding how to marry the old with the new is crucial: modernising your house whilst ensuring that the essential character of the building is sensitively retained.

We love these projects; working with you to create a home that has the look and feel that you’re seeking, whilst respecting the culture and traditional heritage of the local area. Often aspects of a build project can appear tricky, but with our know-how, experience and practical approach we will find a solution that works. And the finished article will be well worth the time and investment.

With us, we’ll make what may seem an impossible dream… possible.

Kiwi Construction delivers professional expertise, exceptional customer service and quality construction to all its’ clients covering the Biarritz and the Pays Basques and Landes departments.
Contact:
Grant & Joeline Norris
+33 (0)5 58 55 35 22 / +33 (0)6 03 15 53 31
grant.norris@wanadoo.fr
https://www.kiwiconstruction.fr/

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Transforming your French house into your dream holiday home

France is an attractive place to buy property and with idyllic countryside, pretty villages and towns plus a superb coastline so it’s not difficult to understand why people love the French
way of life.

With a good supply of houses available to purchase, there is no shortage of properties to invest in whether as a second home or for a permanent move. Your money will buy you more than is the case in the UK and in many other European countries, but once you’ve acquired your new French home choosing the right contractor is crucial. You will need people who understand your requirements with the right expertise and experience.

At Kiwi Construction our passion is creating beautiful houses and we love working with clients to make their vision a reality. Joint business owners Grant Norris who is a quantity surveyor by profession and his wife Joeline, an accountant, are skilled at project managing complex and large build projects. Together they have assembled an experienced in-house team of artisans that can take on any type of development: carpentry, masonry, tiling, electrics, plumbing, plastering and painting, kitchens and bathrooms… and more.

However w
e know that there are many other aspects to consider, especially for property owners who live abroad and want to work with a firm they can trust, confident in the knowledge that they will get on with the job. That’s why we can assist with build permits and all aspects of a project, making certain that when you arrive at your home in France you’ll find a quality finish, great attention to detail and superb workmanship: allowing you to relax and enjoy French life.

Kiwi Construction delivers professional expertise, exceptional customer service and quality construction to all its’ clients covering the Biarritz and the Pays Basque, the Gers and Landes departments.