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La Petite Maison at Moulin du Pont

This 200-year-old cottage is nestled in the midst of sunflower fields and rolling hills. Recently refurbished, modern appliances and new furnishings complement the many original features the building offers and create a comfortable space for up to 6 adults. This is a place that allows you to get away from the hustle and bustle. Explore…

The gîte is finished (proud wife moment)

Have I ever mentioned how totally brilliant and talented my husband is? Six months of hard graft and he has transformed what was a run-down, old-fashioned and absolutely filthy cottage into a chic and sophisticated holiday home. He has built new walls, installed a new bathroom and kitchen, and done loads of hidden bits and…

One year on: Brexit, bureaucracy and baguettes

Just over a year ago we threw caution and Brexit to the wind and packed our bags for France. Has it been everything we expected it to be? We were still smarting from the EU referendum decision as we loaded up the van with the few belongings we were taking with us to France. Did…

There is no shortage of drama in our house

I was just in the process of setting my out-of-office on my work email yesterday when Dennis came into the lounge looking very stressed indeed. “You are never going to believe what’s just happened,” he said. The heat expansion vessel in the gite had burst, causing water to flood out of the hot water tank…

1 day to go…

… and we are almost there. Completely exhausted from all our hard work today and have no capacity for words. Tomorrow is all about our own house, which has been neglected of late, and making the last few finishing touches on the gite. Then I will share more pix. For now, bed is calling. Sleep…

2 days to go…

It’s funny the things that bring you pleasure. Today it was a pile of wooden slats. A lovely big pile of wooden slats that belonged to the beds in the gite. A lovely big pile of wooden slats that now mean our guests can sleep in an actual bed, rather than on the floor. And…

3 days to go…

“What’s that beeping noise?” enquired our neighbour, Matt, as he dropped off some straw bales for us to use as seating for the party on Saturday. “It’s the mole deterrent”, replied Dennis. “Works a treat too”. Five mins later… “That mole thing is really annoying, isnt it”, I said, as the incessent beeping began to…

5 days to go…

I haven’t stepped foot in the gite today. My day has been a whirlwind of shopping for party decorations, calls with clients and commissioning for this new magazine I am attempting to launch (more on that another time). Although I did manage to find 15 mins to sit and enjoy a coffee and a croissant…

6 days to go…

The furniture has arrived! Praise the lord! Our guests are now guaranteed a bed, which up until yesterday at 3pm I didn’t think they were going to get. The gite lounge is now full of beds, mattresses, lamps and more, all waiting to be put in place. A job for Monday, we think, as still…

7 days to go…

If furniture could talk, we reckon this cabinet would have some stories to tell. This beautiful old cabinet is as old as the gite itself, according to its former owner, and would have been privy to all the births, deaths and marriages that have taken place here over the last 200-odd years. This evening it…

8 days to go…

Today, in between French lessons and client work, I managed to give an internal door a coat of paint and hoover the bathroom. At this rate it will be Christmas before the gite is ready. Progress is slow. Too slow. Tick tock, tick tock.