authentic French country architecture

by Sharon Santoni
One of the reasons I love this part of France so much is for its beautiful and traditional properties, it’s French country architecture.

Stone walls, white shutters, slate roofs, mature trees, green valleys … all things that work well for me.

A good friend recently asked me to ‘scout’ for him, with a view to buying a holiday home in North West France,  his checklist read as follows:

~  old – 18th or 19th century should do it – check
~  french –  ahem! check!
~  big enough to sleep 10 – check (can I be invited!)
~  beautiful grounds, but not too manicured – check
~  outbuildings to play with
~  in the middle of the countryside – easy!
he hasn’t chosen yet, but in the meantime, these are some of my favourites, hope you enjoy.
Which of these homes is your favourite example of French country architecture?


Wild Oak Designs October 14, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Each is totally drool worthy, that would be a hard decision with so many to choose from. Thanks for a dose of dreams….

Katherine October 14, 2013 - 5:25 pm

Seriously – I would take anyone of these and enjoy every moment of gently manicuring the house and property over time. Beautiful.

I Dream Of October 14, 2013 - 5:27 pm

Wow, I think it would be tough to choose. I would definitely have a hard time picking one. How wonderful to buy a vacation property in this lovely party of the world! You live in a beautiful place, Sharon. XO

aldia arcadia October 14, 2013 - 5:49 pm

ah beatiful

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) October 14, 2013 - 5:53 pm

These are all amazing. Such fabulous buildings and the architecture is stunning. I would love for you to link up to Inspire Me this afternoon. Party goes live at 2:30 PT. Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

Heather Robinson October 14, 2013 - 6:18 pm

While I love a good mas, I have to admit that these homes are just perfection. *le sigh*

Bente Holst October 14, 2013 - 6:40 pm

Thank you for showing us these beautiful properties 🙂

vicki archer October 14, 2013 - 7:21 pm

Big tick for all of them… 🙂 xv

Terra October 14, 2013 - 7:23 pm

Each one is tempting and your friend can choose from a wealth of jewels.

Anonymous October 15, 2013 - 12:28 am

Hi Sharon I love the home in picture no. 1, but then I love all of them. Thank you for sharing these dreamy properties. Regards Esther from Sydney.

Patricia Gilbert October 15, 2013 - 2:08 am

The second from the bottom with the marquise over the front door. Simply too lovely.

Rambling Tart October 15, 2013 - 3:37 am

Absolutely beautiful!! I especially love how the buildings seem to glow in the sunlight. They look so warm and welcoming. 🙂

Linda October 15, 2013 - 4:44 am

Any of these homes would make me *very* happy! Love the architecture in your area of France, so very different than in the Midi Pyrenees.


Elizabeth Eiffel October 15, 2013 - 4:51 am

All are exquisite – a far cry from our guard house in north eastern France! Warm regards

Debbie October 15, 2013 - 6:24 am

Stunning! I wonder how they look inside? How fun choosing between two or four fireplaces, steps up to the front door or not, high or low maintenance gardens etc. I love the smaller houses but the last house pictured would make a lovely business venture. B & B and Wedding business.

Rowan October 15, 2013 - 6:35 am

All gorgeous! The first five especially, I love. Depending on your chequebook, any would be fabulous! Yours is none too shabby either! What a picturesque spot you live in. A charmed existence you live, never-the-less it's busy! Dogs, organising brocante tours, kids, husband, guest writing for magazines, re-covering naked armchairs etc!
Deborah from Melbourne, Australia

Linda E Cole October 15, 2013 - 6:49 am

This blog and it's beautiful posts inspired me to create French Country Home Decor

Your blog is really something very special.

Linda Cole

martinealison October 15, 2013 - 7:02 am

… Tout ce que j'aime…! Bisous

WhiteWhispers2u October 15, 2013 - 7:33 am

Oh my gosh ! I too have friends buying in the North of France and looking next March.These are the same styles my friend adores.I so can't wait to go visit when they finally purchase their home.These are gorgeous!

Sarah October 15, 2013 - 10:04 am

Love them all. Sarah

Castles Crowns and Cottages October 15, 2013 - 1:36 pm

Bonjour Madame! I'll take anyone of these country homes for their subdued elegance and comfortable style. BONNE JOURNÉE! Anita

Anonymous October 15, 2013 - 3:47 pm

I am seriously in love with all those homes! Maybe in my next life I will have the chance to live in one of those. Maybe coming back as a "French Poodle" and live the pampered life!

peggybraswell October 15, 2013 - 4:51 pm

they are all beautiful + I would have a hard time choosing + okay, I pick # 1 photo…

sandra October 15, 2013 - 6:14 pm

So beautiful…
I am very happy because next year we will travel,for the first time, to Paris and London. It is a dream!
Would you please inform us which is the better month to go, May or June? I mean, good weather,not
cold,not very warm, just nice to walk around the cities?
We are from Brazil. Thank you very much!

My GREEN Life and Real Estate October 15, 2013 - 6:37 pm

You really do have my favorite styles of architecture covered! Cettes maisons sont superbes!! I dream of living there as well. Thanks for sharing 🙂

Hilltop Farm October 16, 2013 - 8:39 pm

Lovely. Reminds me of one of my trips to France and a stay in the Loire Valley. So beautiful!

Renee McLeod November 14, 2020 - 3:50 am

I like the first two—no need to over do it. Send anyone you can’t fit to the local B&B!

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