a pretty cottage in normandy

by Sharon Santoni

timbered cottage in rolling green countryside

It’s time to fuel our daydreams of buying a place in France.  Even though I live here already, and I love our house, I still enjoy wandering through real estate listings and imagining what I’d do with a property, or how it would feel to wake up in a particular room each morning.  This one has my head spinning with possibilities!


Today I want to show you this sweet cottage in a particularly charming part of Normandy, in fact the name of the local town should be familiar to you … it’s called Camembert!  Yep, the famous cheese is made here in Normandy, where the fields are rolling and green, and life is gentle.

sitting room with comfortable seating and eating area

This house is 17th century, and is the perfect size for a holiday retreat or for a small family.  It has three bedrooms, a bathroom and a shower room.  It looks like a little cottage but actually there is  a ground floor with entrance hall, dining and sitting room and a lovely kitchen; a first floor with two bedrooms and a bathroom and also a second floor with the third bedroom complete with shower room.



There is a lot to love about this house, not the least of which are the beautiful unspoilt views and the light streaming in through the windows.  A house that feels cosy and happy.


I love the space and the light in the kitchen, looks like a good spot for morning coffee.  And I can imagine this entrance hall with an armchair,  a table and a welcoming bouquet of flowers.


If you would like to know more about this property, then click on the link  where there are some additional pictures as well as all the important information.


Oh yes, and this place is about 90 minutes from my home, so if you buy it I’d love to invite myself  round for tea and see what you do with the garden!




Julie June 2, 2015 - 1:39 pm

Love it! I’ve moved in already

Vicky from Athens June 2, 2015 - 2:08 pm

I love it!! Now if only my ship would come in so I could buy it! You could come round for tea any afternoon!

Debi June 2, 2015 - 2:10 pm

Perfect morning light….so soft.

Chrysanthemum June 2, 2015 - 2:17 pm

So beautiful and restful!
It is a little distance from NA, but, oh my, how enticing….
I do love to dream……
Thanks for the inspirations…..

Vicki Sewell June 2, 2015 - 2:25 pm

I so love this place. Live in the country now. I am 70 and love country french decor. I could have so much fun decor this place ! Thanks for sharing

Kandy June 2, 2015 - 2:31 pm

Beautiful…I could move right in…

Sandra June 2, 2015 - 2:44 pm

How absolutely beautiful! And if I had magical powers, I would be moving in today and you would be visiting often for tea and strolls through the garden.

Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us. Your blog is always a bright spot in my day!!

Kathryn Gauci June 2, 2015 - 2:55 pm

I have fond memories of Normandy and this house is wonderful. Love it. The light and shade created within the space is wonderful.

Hattee Christian June 2, 2015 - 3:25 pm

This is a little gem. Is the house being sold furnished? Thanks.

franki June 2, 2015 - 3:34 pm

Hattee…that was my question, too, does this cottage come furnished… Wonder if there are any restrictions to “renting” it when not in use… franki

Sharon Santoni June 2, 2015 - 3:43 pm

Hi Franki, hi Hattee

I think you’d have to ask the estate agent that question. It is unusual in France for a house to be sold fully furnished, but it does happen now and again. As for renting a house, once it is yours, you can do as you wish!


Jeanne Henriques June 2, 2015 - 3:52 pm

That was fun! More please…xx

Nancy June 2, 2015 - 4:24 pm

Oh it is stunning! A fairytale cottage for sure….Thanks for sharing…

Marian from UK June 2, 2015 - 4:31 pm

Oh love it, love it, love it!!! Everything. Usually there’s something you’re not sure of, but not here. I could move in tomorrow and never tire of looking at that fabulous view! If we could sell our cottage here in England, we could buy this. But then the family…. the grandchildren…. the friends…… healthcare…… language to be learnt….. oh dear, you’ve got us all in a quandry Sharon! But thank you for showing us this beautiful home.

Sergent June 2, 2015 - 5:29 pm

Im French and live in a very nice house but this one is gorgeous!!

Judy Bales June 2, 2015 - 5:40 pm

What a lovely home in such a beautiful setting! This is really enticing, especially with today’s exchange rate. We love Provence, too, so it would be difficult to decide on north or south of France! Plus we have 9 grandchildren, all of whom live closeby to us here in California! But oh, the thought…..

Karena June 2, 2015 - 5:56 pm

Sharon, simply to live in Camembert! How absolutely charming!!
Thank you for sharing the dream!

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Elisha June 2, 2015 - 6:00 pm

Gobsmacked! This is so beautiful, my idea of living in France. If it had a pool and a long distance view of the sea it would be my absolute idea of perfection. I don’t like that weird purple color in the upstairs bedroom, but that could be painted back to a soothing creamy gray/blue to match the rest. Wow, blown away thank you so much for sharing this.

Colleen Taylor June 2, 2015 - 6:09 pm

What a darling cottage Sharon. What a lovely place to live in, if only! That’s what dreams are made of no? X

Iris June 2, 2015 - 6:23 pm

Hi Sharon
What a beautiful cottage. The lottery came and went and unfortunately I was not a winner. But how wonderful it is to dream. I can definitely see myself and my family enjoying our stay in such an idyllic setting.

Dore June 2, 2015 - 6:55 pm

Oh to dream, i see my self moving right in.
What a beautiful sharing…. And tempting out dreams.


Bungalow Hostess June 2, 2015 - 7:00 pm

A gal can dream….I would love to relocate to such a beautiful home in France. I have tasted a wee bit of the country life from Auvillar to Cahors and Saint Cirq-Lapopie….I have fallen very hard for France.
Love these posts.

Lynne Redding June 2, 2015 - 7:40 pm

Oh Sharon. You are killing me! My secret desire has always been to sell everything and find a charming cottage in the French Countryside exactly like this one. I decided a few weeks ago to take a little spur of the moment trip to France to see Chateau Chantilly…..hmmm, maybe I’ll extend my trip and mosey on over to Camembert.

Suzanne June 2, 2015 - 8:25 pm

If I were alone (no husband to consider), I’d buy this place in a heartbeat and make that move ASAP. The tranquility of the setting and the simple yet so charming little cottage has my heart beating double time! Thanks for sharing these pictures, Sharon. Suppose I’ll just have to continue to dream about it though.

Kat Pearson June 2, 2015 - 9:47 pm

Thank you for sharing this beautiful Normandy home

our French Oasis June 2, 2015 - 10:56 pm

I adore this cottage, it looks as if has been renovated to a very high standard and I adore all the floors, the mixture of wood and tiles – I could quite picture myself here:)

Cindy K. June 2, 2015 - 11:19 pm

Love it!!

Jana June 2, 2015 - 11:53 pm

Oh my, is this ever lovely! It is more difficult than we might imagine to achieve minimalism that is *rich*, but this home is thusly accomplished. Thanks for the beautiful share.

sel June 3, 2015 - 1:18 am

tis a cute little cottage, though very american in the decor….the floors especially.

The Enchanted Home June 3, 2015 - 2:03 am

Where do I sign? What a beautiful charming cottage and the views..holy cow!!! it is storybook perfect!

Deb June 3, 2015 - 6:56 am

Such a lovely house. I like the layout of the rooms and the softness of the painted beams……….and the floors and the furniture. Views aren’t too shabby either. When can I move in?

FrenchGardenHouse June 5, 2015 - 4:19 pm

Oh. My. This is beyond beautiful, with the aged floors, beams overhead, but more than that, the view. Spectacular. I can’t imagine a more perfect place to wake up each morning, thank you for the share. There aren’t many places that tempt me to give up our California home, but this? Divine.

Gina June 9, 2015 - 7:10 am

Do you know of any agents who handle vacation rentals in Normandy?

Colleen Taylor January 25, 2016 - 5:08 pm

How beautiful this is Sharon, the perfect lights and darks mixed together. I’m sure someone will snag this up quickly.

Pamela February 8, 2017 - 1:46 am

What a darling home to cherish for the person lucky enough to purchase. I’m a dreamer have been for most of my 80 odd years & this beautiful home really has me dreaming yet again.
France has been on my bucket list for many years, more so now. Thank you for sharing these beautiful dwellings.

Pamela August 5, 2017 - 9:25 pm

Love it!!!

jacquelyn lopez October 26, 2017 - 5:03 pm

Sharon, can you provide the agents information for the properties here? I cannot find a link anywhere in this article, of which I’ve been dreaming about since you posted it a few years ago.

I’ve lost my link I saved and have looked everywhere, help? Thank you so much…

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