Episode 38- A little street in France, part 1

IMG_0078renovation, restoration, revelations…………….

What is it that makes you want to look beyond the obvious, embrace the unexpected, and take that leap into making something beautiful from the basest of raw materials?

This is not the first time I have made a silk purse from a sow’s ear of a property, but this is undoubtedly the toughest task I have ever embraced.

When we first started looking at French houses to buy, we realised very quickly that the French tend to lavish more love on the inside of their  houses rather than on the exterior and that the concept of “kerb appeal” does not have the clout it does in other countries! Like so much else in France, this is changing, but in the little villages where we had narrowed down our search criteria this remains generally true; so if you are searching for your French idyll, be open minded and prepare to look beyond  that fading photo in the Estate Agent’s window  or the dull paint on the neglected frontage of that plain little house with the hand painted “A Vendre” (for sale) sign.You just never know…….

sept13 149sept13 150You get out of the car and look around.A tempting little street curves away from you.

A suggestion of something a little mysterious. Rocky heights, green with forests rise up beyond .

Newly painted houses frame a sadly neglected and long abandoned one.

You just have to take a look.

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About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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