As a village in the Var with a particularly high proportion of elderly population, Cotignac would like to attract as many young families as possible to live and enjoy the Provençale life here. By young, we mean with young children aged between 1 and 10.
One of the reasons why Cotignac is slow at attracting young families more recently is simply because of the fact that housing costs are on average 20 per cent more expensive than neighbouring villages like Montfort and Carces. We think it’s worth it, of course, but biases aside, it’s important to note that our village is particularly beautiful with our limescale cliffs and Sycamore tree-lined-main-shopping road (the Cours Gambetta), the outdoor Théâtre du Rocher, and a fantastic indoor cinema. We even have a museum dedicated to how people used to live here during and before the wars. More recently there have been spectacular renovations at La Falaise (Centre d’Art) and the Cercle des Arts behind the main church where exhibitions and concerts take place throughout the year. Cotignac is priviledged and enjoys a superior number and quality of entertainment events particularly during the warmer period between April and end of October. The weekly market (Tuesdays) is extremely popular and the village offers Wednesdays and Friday night markets in the Summer as well. Cotignac is home to one of the most talked about rock concerts “Village du Rock” which wows tourists and locals alike at the end of July. The Rosé Festival in mid July is also a “not to miss” event. The annual Festival du Rocher which includes outdoor movies, concerts, dance recitals, and theatrical productions between mid July and mid August is of top quality and the envy of other villages in the Var. We also have 15 restaurants, many of which are also open during the off season. There is also a new butcher’s shop, a fishmonger’s, several hair salons, two generalist doctors, a dentist, osteopaths, kinesthesiologists, florist, a convenience shop (groceries), a hardware shop, and three bakeries. If you’d like recommendations, please contact us.
Cotignac boasts a healthy expat/international population representing over 33 countries, corresponding to around 12 per cent of the resident population. There is international representation at the Council level also and therefore help, if needed, in the areas of local culture and language.
There is a municipal crêche next to the firestation (for babies to age 3) and the kindergarden is scheduled to move into the grade listed building that is the old primary school (for children aged 6 – 11) by the end of 2018. The building work to extend the cantine has already begun and the combination of the two schools will make for more convenient drop-offs and pick-ups particularly for families with more than one child. The biggest bonus for families is that education (including child care at kindergarden from two-and-a-half-years-old-if out of nappies) is FREE in France which takes a huge pressure off of parents’ living expenses.
Other “coming soon” improvements in the village include the building of a new Medical centre (in front of the firestation on the D13) where a bigger and more easily accessible pharmacy will be housed on the bottom level and nurses, doctors, and physical therapists will occupy the rest of the building. There will soon be disabled access to the cinema (on the first floor of the Grainage) by elevator and parking will be expanded next to the wine cooperative. The Cotignac tennis club will be getting their courts renovated this year. There has also recently been a telephone signal network tower put up for better reception and coverage and internet speed is acceptable. The stadium underwent a complete renovation last year and now has an artificial grass football field and new exercise equipment. The children’s parks (both the one on the route d’Entrecasteaux and next to the stadium) have also been revamped and made more secure.
But by far, the most attractive side to the village is its people. The locals (many of whom work in the agricultural (wine, and olive oil), service industry and construction (builders, plumbers, and electricians) are generally super friendly, considerate, and caring. If you can brush off the usual small town gossip you’ll be very happy here. I know this is true because if it were not, I’d have left by now.
So if you’re lucky enough to be able to work from home and have young children, why not give Cotignac a try? We did over 8 years ago and have not regretted our decision. It’s le petit paradis!