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a country farm house for sale

If ever you have come on one of my brocante tours, or if you’ve been to shop with me privately, or if you bought my first book then you’ll recognise this beautiful farm house that my friends Cecile and Franck have put up for sale.   Whenever I come here with guests, they never fail to ooh and aah about the property and say how comfortable they feel here. After many happy years here, Cecile and Franck are about to embark on an exciting new project, and as much as they love this...

normandy manor house for sale

If you have a secret, or not so secret, wish to buy and restore a century old manor house  in Normandy;  if you dream of patina, exposed beams, century old tiled floors and sprawling orchards….. if you’d like to live in the country where the only noise to be heard from behind your old stone walled garden is the chiming of the village church bell …. then you may want to read to the end of this piece. This stunning property is 90 minutes drive from Paris in the green...

stunning 18th century property for sale

I am very excited to share this very special property with you.    It is a house that I have admired for a long time, belonging to the über-talented antique dealers and stylists, Pascale and Olivier of Le Grillon Voyageur. The construction of this property is 18th and 17th century, and it lies to the east of Paris in champagne country,in a little town called Sezanne, surrounded by Champagne vineyards.  From here it takes about 90 minutes to drive from here to Paris centre, or to the airports....

for sale – Patricia’s Wells cooking studio in Paris

If you are a fan of Patricia Wells, or if you have one of her many cookbooks on your shelves, then maybe you’ve dreamed of being able to cook like her, to host delicious dinner parties at your own place in Paris, to live the life that she so vividly evokes in her guides to food and life in the capital.   Well if that’s the case, then here is some very exciting news!   The studio that Patricia has used for the last twenty years to host her Parisian cooking school has just gone up...

for sale – a writer’s retreat in the south of france

While in the South of France this week, I visited some friends near the pretty town of La Garde Freinet and  whose home is up for sale.     They have lived here happily for many years, but it is now time to move to something slightly smaller and closer to the children. Obviously I thought of you, and that you’d like to see the house and dream a little. This beautiful home was built in the 19th century as a stone farm building  not far from a small river that today runs through the property. ...

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