Normandy is in many respects the English countryside, only in France. Beautiful, relaxed and green, with swathes of agricultural land dotted with old stone farm buildings up on the hillsides, the region is peppered with picturesque towns and villages from medieval times. It even has white cliffs.
A plus side, the weather is better than English weather, and there’s an active expat community for those want to engage. Their very presence ensures the locals are very used to Brits in their neighbourhood and you’ll find them open and friendly.
The rural life in winter is quiet, while various summer festivals from music to floral to the Middle Ages bring visitors from across the country and Europe. Along with a stack of historical city quarters, cathedrals, abbeys and ancient monuments. Access to and from the UK is very simple, whilst Paris is between 2 and 3 hours by car to the east by motorway or trains.