The little village of Giverny, where Monet settled a hundred and something years ago, is just twenty minutes from my home in Normandy.
Thanks to his fantastic garden design, and to the proximity to Paris, the gardens receive hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, and rightly so. The dedicated team of gardeners work hard all year around to ensure that it is picture perfect from April to November, with an ever changing ballet of plants and colours.
Most people come for the day, but it is a great option to stay overnight in the village, and stroll the evening streets that seem strangely quiet after the bustle of the daytime visits.
Since last year there is a new place to stay within easy reach of the gardens and the impressionist museum. La Dime opened its doors last fall and welcomes guests from all around the world.
It is a family home to Fredeique and Laurent and their children, and offers five ensuite rooms and two independent suites, all furnished with that fine mix of old and new that we love so much.
They also have a large reception room, and are happy to host weddings and parties at the weekend, when the house is closed to other guests.
Parts of the house are 13th century, and the garden is extensive. Frederique and Laurent renovated all the rooms and shall soon be undertaking work on planting the gardens too.
This is a great address, away from the buzz of the gardens, it is lovely to find this haven of peace and feel that you are part of the village of Giverny, if only for a night or two.