staying in normandy - la reserve at giverny - MY FRENCH COUNTRY HOME
  • facade of french house, la reserve giverny
  • facade of french house, la reserve giverny
  • facade of french house, la reserve giverny
  • french bedroom at la reserve giverny
  • french bedroom at la reserve giverny
  • donkeys in field at la reserve giverny
  • laying tabe in french dining room at La Reserve giverny
  • facade of french house
  • end of summer day in garden
  • INTERIOR FRENCH HOUSE

FACADE FRENCH HOUSE

Last week I welcomed a small group of guests on my annual Brocante Tour to shop antiques and browse brocantes with me and generally discover Normandy.

As well as having plenty of opportunities to find treasure, we also  toured this beautiful part of north west France, we had  a cooking lesson,  visited gardens and shopped to our hearts content.

facade of french house, la reserve giverny

Along the way we stayed at a couple of truly charming B&B manor houses and I thought you’d like to know about the last one, which is ideally situated for visiting Monet’s garden at Giverny.

laying tabe in french dining room at La Reserve giverny

La Reserve is run by my friend Valerie Jouyet and her husband François.   Valerie has a special gift for interiors,  and each room, and each table setting makes her guests feels welcome.    The dining room sits twelve with plenty of space to spare.

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Upstairs the rooms are also beautifully and comfortably decorated.  Spacious and elegant, true French country style that makes guests want to linger.

french bedroom at la reserve giverny

The house is generous in size, and I love the proportions of the rooms.   High ceilings, low windows with views out across the un-ending gardens to the nearby forest, the lawn only punctuated by apple trees and friendly donkeys who keep the grass in check and who are happy to pose for a photo in exchange for a treat.

donkeys in field at la reserve giverny

Every detail is just right.  The wooden floors covered in antique rugs, the enfilade of rooms from the entrance hall right down to the kitchen, each room adding an interesting layer of colour and texture.

INTERIOR FRENCH HOUSE

Valerie has furnished the house with that comfortable mix of old and new, that the French master so well, she is not afraid to use colour, and the result for her guests is the feeling of being pampered in a luxurious cocoon.

end of summer day in garden

The gardens are very big, and dotted with deckchairs and garden furniture encouraging guests to make the most of the end of summer sunshine and wander outside after breakfast to finish their coffee with a newspaper beneath a tree.

facade of french house, la reserve giverny

If you would like to know more about La Reserve, then check out their website here, or send Valerie an email here.

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