The place we're renting is amazing. Even though it's a 15th century farmhouse, it has all the charm of a French country house and all the conveniences Americans love in their vacation places. I'll take you on a little tour.
|The barn. Our bedroom is through the white door on the right and includes the small window left of the door. The rest of the building is unimproved storage right now.|
|An additional bedroom with bath is in the works here. the round feature at the end is la borie - the bake ovens for the community in the 15th century.|
|The entry to the 3rd bedroom with bath which we are also renting. It is to the right of the kitchen.|
|View toward Manor house from our bedroom door.|
|Aperos on the terrasse at La Borie - notice Evie's Badger hat.|
|The door links to the kitchen.|
|The shower on left is brand new. There's plenty of hot water and the floor is heated. Unbelievable luxury for a 14th century farm house.|
The first couple of days in the house were chilly. As the first guests of the season, the house was newly opened and scrubbed for our use and it takes a bit of time to warm it up with all those stone walls and tile floors. There are electric heaters in each room that do an adequate job of keeping the chill off and now that the weather is warmer and sunnier and the house has been lived in for several days, we find we are not using the heat at all.
Our kitchen is really fun to use. We have a 5 burner gas stove with huge oven. The sink is new this year as is the stainless steel dishwasher. Our dishes are kept in a glass-doored wooden armoire. There is a small sideboard where we keep our food. The top is kept clear for our sommelier, Clark's use and for storing bread. There's an island in the middle for additional prep space and a small cabinet on the back wall for storage and coffee pot.
|This kitchen is fully equipped with utensils and pots and pans. Microwave, toaster oven, and large refrigerator line this wall. The stove and side cupboard are installed inside the old farmhouse kitchen fireplace.|
|Pretty, isn't it?|
Janis and Clark are staying in the blue guest bedroom which is part of the main house. Their room is also done in French country style with a queen sized bed and armoire. Chuck and Pat and Dennis and Karen will use this room when they stay with us in May. I didn't take photos of this room as it is Janis and Clark's. Clark said he'd take some photos for us to add later.
The "Chambre Gold" is the name of the 3rd bedroom we've rented. It is set up so that it can be rented separately from "La Maison" with it's own entrance, small patio, bath and coffee service. Friends and family coming for shorter periods of time will use this room. When I took these photos, Katie, Randy and Evie had already moved in and were recovering from a very long trans-atlantic flight. They hadn't even had time to unpack yet.
|Coffee service. Their entry door is left of the coffee cupboard.|
|Bathroom of the Chambre Gold|
|Back wall of the Chambre Gold. The bed looks better when it is made up.|
|Randy and aperos|
|Janis at aperos with Manor house in background.|