Hello, I’m Stephanie Dagg– and my roles in this life include wife, mum, author, chef d'enterprise, llama farmer and bird lady  

Back in 2006, we - that's me along with husband Chris, and children Benjamin (14 at the time), Caitlin (who was 12) and Ruauhdri (just 5) left this house near Bandon in County Cork.


For this house in rural Creuse, France

The French house came with an equally delipidated sister hovel, a colossal barn and 75 acres of France, including three lakes.

Since 2006 we’ve renovated the two houses and tamed a garden, built up a successful carp fishing holidays business, established a second business, and filled our fields and stables with animals from alpacas to turkeys (with budgies, canaries, cats, dogs, ducks, finches, goats, guinea-pigs, hens, huarizos, lovebirds, pigs, quail, rabbits and sheep in between). The children have steadily worked their way through the French education system, with two having emerged with degrees from university and the third currently grumbling his way through lycée.

It’s fair to say there hasn’t been a dull day in all that time and we look forward to what excitement and challenges expat life will bring us in the future.

You can follow our adventures on this blog, and also in my books, details of which you’ll find on the My Books page My books

There’s more about our fishing holidays at Alder Lake and Notaires

Notaires carp & cats lakes

Alder carp lake