the sweetest house for sale

by Sharon Santoni

It has been a while since I showed you any houses that are for sale here in Normandy, but I think you will love this one, that a friend has put on the market.

This charming little 19th century house is in a romantic, rose filled garden, down a tiny lane.    At the end of the garden is a river, and evenings here are quiet and balmy.



This is the cottage that tales are written for and about.   Roses tumble down the stairs on the side of the guest house, and more roses cover the terrace with a fragrant arbor.

It is not a large property, but it has four small bedrooms upstairs, which the new owner may well convert  into two big rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

Ceilings are low and cosy, and the beams of the house are visible in most rooms.

Downstairs there is a wood burner in the sitting room and also in the dining room

The kitchen was converted from the old porch and is bright and cheerful.  As you can see the owners are in the process of emptying the house so it hasn’t been ‘staged’ for any photos, but buyers can see it is as a clean canvas, just waiting for them to create their own magic.

The cottage is in a charming village along the Eure valley, and surrounded by beautiful old houses.  In the centre of the village is the church, town hall and school, and at the other end lies a beautiful 18th century château.

If you want more information you are welcome to  shoot me an email and I’ll pass your questions on to the owner.   As always, I hasten to add that I am not a real estate agent, and that I do not stand to benefit from the sale … other than the opportunity to show you some pretty pictures!

Aah … the things I do for this blog!




Peggy Braswell April 11, 2014 - 3:23 pm

It is the “sweetest house” + wish I was in the market!

Florence September 22, 2014 - 8:11 am

Good morning dear Madam,
Addicted to your blog, I received your add regarding this sweet country home.
Would you be kind to put me in contact with the owner for further discussion ?
Thank you very much to you,
With my best regards,

Debi April 11, 2014 - 3:27 pm

Oh, I am in love…would you please share the asking price? Merci

Sharon Santoni April 11, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Hi Debi, sorry the link wasn’t working but it is fixed now!
all the details are there (I don’t like talking about money on the blog 🙂 )


The Enchanted Home April 11, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Charm galore….can only imagine it all done up, just needs some tender loving care, what a wonderful home it will be!

Barbara A. Powell April 11, 2014 - 3:36 pm

Warm Greetings Sharon,

Oh my……how I miss France so!!!!!! If you could pass along the real estate listing or, any information you know including asking price, I would be grateful!!!!!

Hope you are well ~ busy as a bee of course!!!! Stay well, be happy as I know you are!!!!

Thank you for sending the info on the house, we would so appreciate it!!!!!

Warmest Wishes,

Barbara Powell xx

Cynthia Watson April 11, 2014 - 3:37 pm

OMG! I’m buying it!

debbie hoy April 11, 2014 - 3:47 pm

can you let me know the price please, we often have people staying with us who are househunting in France so I would appreciate it,


Sharon Santoni April 11, 2014 - 4:04 pm

Here is the link Debbie, sorry it wasn’t working


Agnès Baboo September 21, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Hello Sharon,

The link doesn’t work, but it’s maybe too old, or this jewel is sold ?
Bravissimo for this amazing blog !!

Terri September 26, 2014 - 10:58 am Reply
Colleen Taylor April 11, 2014 - 3:49 pm

What a darling cottage this is. The scents must be divine with all the blooming roses.

gabi April 11, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Sharon hopefully I can get this to you….your kind and beautiful blog is the imagination of my day. You and dogs…beautiful photos… your fiction…your wonderful photos. I would love you to look at Chateau de Gudanes . I don’t know how far away you are (most proabably an afternoon drive in
Western Australia:)
4 hours to the Pyrenees?
I don’t know.
Please have a look at my friend’s wonderful restoration.
I know you will love it Sharon….and hopefully….Have somehing to say.

Thankyou for alwys sending me your gorgeousness….may you feel just so so proud…. and very very happy xx Gabi

Carolynn April 11, 2014 - 4:03 pm

A delicious dream………

marcelle la cour April 11, 2014 - 4:06 pm

It’s simply a fantasy ready to be become a tale; its fantastic!!

It would be perfect for us right now . . . I would love to have any information you have: the real estate listing, asking price, etc., if you have it?

Best regards,


Marsha @ Splenderosa April 11, 2014 - 4:37 pm

Sharon, this is truly charming. What everyone envisions as a restored jewelbox. I’m sending the link to my son, who went to school at Parson’s in Paris, and who knows so many Europeans. I see someone else told you about Chateau de Gudanes, the owners sent me such a sweet FB message after I left one for them. One day………..
love you X10 !!

Sally April 11, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Dear Sharon

What a lovely cottage!

It’s like a house from a fairy tale…….or maybe one of your next stories???
Your writing is enchanting x

Emm April 11, 2014 - 4:41 pm

What a dear little house, and it looks as if you can walk out right into a garden. It says there’s a wood stove, but is that enough for winter heat in your area? I don’t know much about that practical side of French houses.

Why are they moving? That’s always one of my questions. I hope it’s for a good reason.

Karen (Back Road Journal) April 11, 2014 - 5:37 pm

What a sweet little house…it has so much character. I’m sure lots of wonderful times were enjoyed in the gardens.

Ann & Meg (Huff Harrington) April 11, 2014 - 6:24 pm

Oh Sharon! Thank you for sharing this lovely little abode, I’m afraid you’ve set our wheels in motion again on Normandy real estate. Looking at properties in France (mostly for fun!) is just about our favorite thing to do & this one is truly a sweet gem. Have a wonderful weekend!

Ta ta,

A & M

Susan Mathews April 11, 2014 - 6:25 pm

Dear Sharon. I saw the link to the Adorable cottage home for sale ,however, language barrier is so frustrating . Is there anyway to change to English language ?? Thank you so much for any help . I really would love to find out more info on & THANK YOU DEEPLY FOR SHARING WITH US !

Emm April 12, 2014 - 2:09 am

Try copy and paste into something like Bing translator. What stops me is the exchange rate: Euro is = $1.39 at the moment. 🙁

Lynn April 11, 2014 - 9:27 pm

Hi Sharon,

What a beautifully charming house and property. Am curious about the village. Is there a train station there? How difficult is it to travel throughout the area/to Paris without a car?

Thank you for always posting the loveliest pictures/stories/thoughts and ideas. I love your blog !


Julia April 12, 2014 - 12:25 am

Absolute perfection – the size, the location, the setting….It makes a real Ooh La La statement!!! ….Prey tell me who can can not help themselves and totally fall in love with France!!!…Love it….Thank you for sharing such wonderful images and if you keep this up you will have most of your followers moving promptly to Normandy…I am sure your friends will have no problems finding a new caretaker for their gorgeous home…

Vickie Cunningham April 12, 2014 - 4:25 am

Ooooh la la! Love it!

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Sue Malizia April 12, 2014 - 4:38 am

The things you do indeed for your blog…you draw me in daily. If it’s not one of your wonderful stories, it’s sharing dream come true cottages (who couldn’t magine how they could furnish and make it their own), your special vintage finds, to inspirational topics, and the most beautiful pictures of your daily life. I appreciate your talents…and look forward to tomorrow to see what you have in store for us. 🙂

zz April 15, 2014 - 5:24 am

Oh, I like …would you please share the asking price? Merci!

Judi Frost April 23, 2014 - 1:19 am

I absolutely love this house although I am probably way too late for it, because I cannot seem to get anywhere with the link???
Thank you for posting this and revving up my dream ideas.

Kim Durant September 21, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Would love to the know the price of a house in Normandy, if you wouldn’t mind. thank you!

Charlotte September 21, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Hello , I also would like to know the price! Thanks , Charlotte

Andi Naab September 21, 2014 - 4:27 pm

A dream! What is the price please in US $?

jenny September 21, 2014 - 4:37 pm

Can we get an update? Did your friend sell this lovely little home? We have been thinking of buying a home in France for a few years (relatives there and all, makes sense right?). I’d love to know if it’s still for sale.

Jacqueline Hughes September 21, 2014 - 4:43 pm

Is this sweet little cottage still for sale?? Could not find link you mentioned for price information. Would like location, as well. This could be my dream come true! Appreciate your help.

Lori September 22, 2014 - 1:00 am

Please sign me in to your blog. I would like to relocate from U.S. to France.

Elisa July 29, 2021 - 8:25 am

Wow, this is a great offer. Before buying, we also thought between buying an old house with a history, and a modern ordinary house. But after reading some reviews on the site we decided that we need to be very careful about developers and check their reputation


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