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I found this house for sale almost by chance on the internet, and immediately fell in love with it. Being a translator and copy editor gives a professional need for quiet space, and here was just the spot. My then young children were likewise delighted by their new romping ground. The price was right, too – and so I went for it.
The style of construction and somewhat quirky mix of previous owners’ furnishings, the location in the midst of unspoilt nature yet not too far from Switzerland, my adopted country, plus the prospect of a different language, culture and pace of life: all of these were plus points.
Modernising the house was a major challenge. Yet practical tasks were a balance for professional headwork, while delightful surroundings provided steady inspiration. As a seasoned host now, it remains my wish to enthuse holiday guests for this relatively unknown corner of France – you included, I hope!