Sunday, 13 March 2016

Our delightful French Gîte and Garden




I found these photos in one of my 'France' folders.

I had forgotten about them

however they are perfect to tie in with the

parties I'm linking to this week!




I can't remember if I told you that I organised a gîte to rent


for our time in France last June/July.


The family have been doing major renovations

so we thought it best that we had our own retreat!

It was within walking distance of the family and as

you can imagine there was much excitement and 

toing and froing with the girls!


The house was built in the 1700's

it had two staircases inside

which indicates part of it was probably a barn

originally.





This photo is of another barn on the west side of

the house.

You can just see the ping pong table on the right,

this was our entertainment each afternoon!


The girls had wonderful fun exploring

every nook and cranny in the house.


It was a very comfortable house to stay in

 and well stocked with books and music CDs.

The elderly owners were originally from England

and lived there for several years.

Sadly they have both died but the house is still

in the family.

They befriended my daughter and kindly lent

her books to read in english.




I'm joining Karen for Sunlit Sunday
Judith for Mosaic Monday
Stephanie for Roses of Inspiration
Bernideen for BTTCG
and
Jess for The Art of Homemaking Monday



Thank you for your visits and comments

Take care and
be kind to one another.

à bientôt




Shane








29 comments:

Breathtaking said...

Good morning Shane!:) Thank you for following my blog, and I will follow yours starting today. Lovely pictures of a country home and garden. I'm glad your stay was enjoyable.:)

Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

Beautiful sunlit picture of the Ivy on the house. What a great place you chose to stay. Sounds like a great learning experience for the kids too!

Linda Kunsman said...

I am fortunate to have family to stay with when in France but it would be so fun to rent a gite like this charming place and just explore other areas! Glad you and family had such a good time, and how nice to lend your daughter some books too. Happy Sunday!

Madeline's Album said...

The country home and garden are just beautiful. I know you enjoyed your stay there. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Bernideen Canfield said...

Dear Shane:
I love these photos - so wonderful. Love all the "very old" architecture.

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

What a lovely place, dear Shane!
Admiring you photos, I can almost feel the warm sun and the scent of the flowers. :)
Have a great new week! xx

Michelle said...

Oh, I would have loved exploring that lovely old house with the girls! I have always been a sucker for architectural details, floor plans, construction materials and the like.

Vee said...

A book could be written about such a place! I can just imagine how much the granddaughters enjoyed exploring. I would like that, too.

podso said...

It looks like a wonderful place to stay, and probably added to the memory of your special visit. Sounds like the girls loved it!

Mary said...

Wish I could have been there with you dear Shane - looks like a perfect French home to hang out in! I love places like this - and of course it makes me want to return to the Minervois and my brother's beautiful home there! Doubt I'll get there any time soon as we were there last Oct. Are you back to France this coming Summer?

Hugs - Mary

Marilyn Miller said...

Swooning! How I would love staying there. It is beautiful!

Lorrie said...

How lovely to have a place where you could host your family during your time visiting them. It looks like a place that's full of character - if only the walls could speak.

Claudia said...

DEar Shane,
this place is heaven ...such a wonderful place to be ....
Thank you for sharing all those wonderful pictures!
Wishing you a lovely and happy new week,
sending love and Hugs and Blessings to you, dear friend!
Claudia xo

Jackie @travelnwrite said...

What an enchanting setting! This would be a place that I wouldn't want to leave. Simply open my book and take over one of those lounges, eat some bread, cheese and sip wine and life would be perfect!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, what a lovely place to stay during your visit and trip! It is nice that it was within walking distance of the family. The flowers are lovely. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

ellen b said...

Oh so lovely. It was nice to scroll down your post! What a nice home to be able to rent. RIP to the elderly couple...

Cathy Keller said...

What lovely photos of flowers. I really am anticipating Spring!!! You brought me a wee bit! Thank you!

Sylvia said...

Shane, It looks wonderful. The green covered walls are my favorite. It's sunny and seems delightful to have time with grandchildren. Sylvia D.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a wonderful place to stay! It makes me dream of traveling....! Hugs, Diane

Barbara Lilian said...

The gite you stayed in looks full of character, it's always fun for the family to be together and when it's in a holiday home even better. We are spring cleaning our gite ready for the first letting at Easter. Thank goodness the weather forecast is looking sunny. We are still clearing up after our storm damage. Will you be visiting France again this year ?

Daniela said...

What a stunning unforgettable place, my lovely Shane, I'm so thankful to you for sharing such wonderful images !

Hope your week is off to a great start,
I wish you all my best for your days to come
sending love to you

Dany

Gina said...

Shane, what a gorgeous cottage! Thank you for sharing your lovely photographs with us.

Pondside said...

What a lovely nest to have for your visit. When we visit The Great Dane's family in Denmark we do the same thing. I find it easier to have my own place to which I can retreat - or invite cousins and friends over as we please. It's win-win!

Beth @ Conversations from my House said...

What a lovely place to stay!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Sounds like a delightful house you rented Shane and sometimes it's nice to have your own place when visiting.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I could happily spend an afternoon in one of those chairs - good book and cup of tea in hand.

JES said...

Oh Shane, your pictures are just delightful and truly a sight for these eyes! I felt like I traveled to the French countryside. Thank you for sharing this on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week! :)

Parsimonious Perfection said...

What an absolutely romantic home! Just so beautiful. Visiting you from Bernideen's.

My Little Home and Garden said...

I would have enjoyed staying in such a place, Shane. It looks so beautiful and has such a long history. My apologies for being so terribly late to visit. Some weeks provided occasions to pull one away from more pleasant activities, like fantasizing about being in France! Lovely.

Karen

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