My husband and I suddenly find ourselves in the luxurious position of being able to consider living abroad for a few years. While Chow-ish-ness won't be the only consideration when picking somewhere, it will be pretty high up there. Right now, we're considering France, Italy, Spain and Portugal. We need somewhere with mild weather (daytime temps in the 50s in winter, 70s/80s in summer, medium humidity) and probably in the hills rather than near a beach. We'd prefer to live in or just outside a small town or perhaps a wine village, and yet be an hour or so via train or freeway from a larger city.
We're thinking the Loire Valley for now, as we've been there and loved it. I know there are a thousand or more choices, but anywhere very special that comes to mind?
And even more so, I don't suppose anybody here actually has a 3 bedroom house in such an area available for long-term rental?
Thanks in advance!