Life in the slow lane

Kendall Fabre and her husband Julien
Kendall Fabre has noticed how much slower life in France is compared to her native USA

Readers who have given up busy and stressful lifestyles explain why rural France is an ideal destination for people who prefer to their lives the slow lane

Paul Tennant-Moore

Paul Tenant-Moore
Paul Tennant-Moore has enough money to pay the bills and enough time to enjoy an afternoon nap

Paul Tennant-Moore left London three years ago to escape the pressure of his high-powered job as head of maintenance for Pret A Manger, organising contracts from window cleaning to designing new equipment.

He said: "It was a great job, I loved it, with fantastic pay, but I had no life to speak of, and was buying things I really didn't need in order to justify the ridiculous hours I worked. I just knew things had to change."

He had bought a ruin in Ille-et-Vilaine with a barn attached in 2004, and converted the barn into a holiday home. He later decided to leave his job to re-build the ruin and turn it into a gîte. "Work began in January 2013, and I moved out here lock, stock and barrel in February 2014. I didn't have any real plan, but fortunately the gîte took off almost straight away, and I got loads of bookings."

Paul says he's very happy with his new life, despite earning around 60% less than he did in London. "I have a new career cleaning bathrooms, and ...

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