The last couple of weeks we have visited many properties in France as to see what our options would be for living in France in stead of in the Philippines or the Netherlands.
Initial research showed - the best source for me was French Property - that from a way of living point of view France could be an option. The tax regime for elderly (retired) people is much better than in the Netherlands. Also the rules for reconstruction of your property are much better (easier) than years ago and last but not least property prices - in rural areas - are affordable for my available budget.
In the Netherlands you can't get similar properties for such prices, but in the Philippines you can get even more.