It is no secret that I have an unending love affair with France. Yes, the love is strong. Everything, the food, the hill top villages, the brocante, the weather – all. In love. So when my pal, Justine of Harp Cottage, asked us to stay in her place in France – I squealed with delight!
During the Easter holidays (yes I am sooo behind with my posts, sorry!) we took a Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to St Malo, an overnight crossing, which the kids always love. And arrived in France, bright and early. We had a few hours road trip ahead of us, so we settled back to some good music and looking out the window at the French towns, and villages as we whizzed through.
Arriving in the pretty village of Brigeuil le Chantre in the in the Vienne district of Poitou-Charente. If you look at a map of France, it’s pretty much slap bang in the middle. Oh, the village is so pretty, charming. Beautiful little streets, and well kept houses, I could see that the local community love living there.
Walking down a small track from the main square, where we parked the car, we discovered the house, Le Coteaux. Oh my, what a pretty picture. Pale grey shutters, tumbling outbuildings and a gorgeous wrought iron gate that led into a boules pitch and up onto the terrace.
Finding the key, we opened the door into the large kitchen space. With whoops of delight from the boys as they ran from room to room. They LOVED it! Charlie said, if we bought a house in France, I’d like it like this… agreed son!
Justine‘s eye for interiors is impeccable. Old brocante finds have been given a new lease of life by a lick of Farrow & Ball paints, in soft greys and off whites. Large cupboards contain many books, boules, games and maps to relax and enjoy your stay.
The lounge has large French doors which open up fully to allow the fresh air to drift through the downstairs. Sitting on the linen covered sofa’s I could hear the babbling sound of the nearby river and bird song from the surrounding woodland. Peace! Only the odd farm vehicle trundled past on the road down the valley.
Upstairs the house has 3 good sized bedrooms, sleeping 6 people comfortably, with a large family sized bathroom with a separate shower and bath. Our bedroom, above, was a beautifully calm space, decorated in soft whites and pale grey. Linen sheets and views over the tree tops. With the window open I could smell the lilacs wafting up from the garden below.
Everything about Les Coteaux is beautiful, a real haven from the stresses of modern life. But if you do need to ‘plug in’, there is Wifi and English satellite TV.
We spent a week at Les Coteaux, hanging out, discovering local villages and visiting castles and chateau’s (more of those in another post). At the house we read, played boules and chilled.
Brigeuil le Chantre
Vienne district, Poitou-Charente
Collaboration Note: Thank you to Justine for inviting us to stay at her lovely property for the purpose of this review. All words, thoughts and images are my own.
Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.