A NEW property company has been set up in Winchester to help people buy new homes in France.

Auvergne Sur Mesure is run by Rachel Bourrachot-Leonard and offers a comprehensive support and advice service for anyone looking to buy a property in the Auvergne region.

"We match a client's requirements with their budget and working with local estate agents in the region means you buy at local prices,'' she said.

"We work with clients through the whole process and we can also get involved in property renovations.''

A native of the region but now living in Winchester, Rachel wants to be able to share here expertise and knowledge with the growing band of people who want to buy homes in France.

"Finding your dream home abroad, buying it and having it renovated is a daunting process but I want to make sure these steps are easy and tailor made to the needs of clients. I also want to promote my home area which has so much to offer,'' she said.