Live the French dream: WIN 1 of 3 copies of ‘Our House is not in Paris’



Imagine making the plunge and moving to France to start your new life. Can you envisage the old chateau you would buy, and spend months painstakingly renovating it? Can you see yourself sitting in the backyard in the late afternoon sun, admiring the house you have brought back to life?

For Susan Cutsforth and her husband, dreams became reality when they moved from Australia to a quiet pocket of France to buy and renovate an old farmhouse.


Susan chronicles her experiences in her new book ‘Our House is not in Paris’. She explores the wonderment, hardships and rewards that came from such a daring and life-changing adventure.


Recently, Susan wrote for MaVieFrançaise®, describing her journey from Australia to France.

“This is not what everyone’s dreams are made of,” she explains, “a house with just a sink and old wood stove as the kitchen, the last update, tartan 70s wallpaper and a bathroom that resembles a box without air or light.


Are you imagining your French dream? Time to make your fantasies realities! And where better to start than reading the experiences of someone who has lived the dream for themselves?

WIN 1 of 3 copies of ‘Our House is not in Paris’

MaVieFrançaise® magazine and the Melbourne Books would like to give three lucky members the chance to WIN a free download of Susan Cutsforth’s book ‘Our House is not in Paris’.


To win, all you have to do is:

1. JOIN the Ma Vie Française® community for free and

2. In a COMMENT below this article, tell us:

If the only limit was how big you can dream, where in France you would move to, and why?

We will then select the best answer as our winner at 11.59pm AEST, Saturday 16 March 2013.

Bonne chance!

All images by Susan Cutsforth.
Book cover courtesy Melbourne Books.

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Judy MacMahon

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  1. marymont Mar 13, 2013 at 1:14 PM - Reply

    Oooohh, it would have to be somewhere close to Orx, a little place near Bayonne in the south! My brother, his wife and their three adorable children live there. All of the cousins could grow up together…

  2. ladylink Mar 13, 2013 at 1:26 PM - Reply

    It doesn’t take much for me…I’ll be by the water in Briitany. Brest, Dinan, Quimper…near the water. Besides being of French desvent, I want to give back to France all the kindness, assistance and prayers all the people of Chalons sur Marne (where we lived when I was little.). I didn’t want to leave then, now I’ll spend the rest of my life there, for the French people.

  3. larissa Mar 13, 2013 at 9:34 PM - Reply

    I’d go with Paris, with a country house in Nice. (You did say no limits.) My family is from Rouen, but the arts and culture scene in Paris would be impossible to resist.

  4. snoezig Mar 14, 2013 at 9:12 AM - Reply

    I would love to have a country house in Corrèze. I am absolutely enchanted by Corrèze. Many people might say that it’s in the middle of nowhere, but I like France Profonde precisely for this reason. You can hear the birds chirping, the air is crisp and fresh and the grass is green from the rain.

  5. veramay Mar 14, 2013 at 8:23 PM - Reply

    In the shadow of Carcasonne. That wonderful old Cathar castle where independence of belief was fought for and lost on the old French border. I could happily live there either swanning around the castle or in the village below. Green fields,flowers, rustic markets, hearty food, fresh air and the warmth of the locals are a few draw cards.

  6. pamelajayne Mar 17, 2013 at 4:19 AM - Reply

    I live in France but love the life so much,I enjoy reading other peoples adventures, trials and tribulations! We live in the Poitou Charentes but if we ever have the chance I think we would re-locate to the West Coast just to be near the sea!

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