This is the top floor which is actually one room running from the front to the back of la maison. The house is quite narrow & shares thick walls with neighbours each side.
You can see the sturdy wooden staircase in the middle there. Each side of this room has a double/queen bed. There is another bedroom, the main bedroom, below this room on the middle floor which is also the general living area. Each floor has a toilet & shower.
The owners are generously leaving most of the furniture as well as white goods such as fridge, washer/dryer, TV etc which basically means a furnished home & ever so helpful given our budget & time constraints.
We will be there for 3 months at a time, for now, given we have a law practice in Australia to run & French visa requirements i.e. as Australians, we enter the country under the European Schengen arrangement.
Alas, I digress . . . Of course, the owners will take their decor, art, props & bits & pieces. Thereafter, decisions as to what we will keep, buy or change will be made when we are there. We envisage plenty of jobs to do in making the cottage ours, making it cosy & comfortable, personalising it, including working in the back garden area.
The wooden staircase, l’escalier en bois, leads you up to the first & top floors from the basement area. The top floor you see in the first image.
The first floor is home to the kitchen, living area & main bedroom.
L’escalier has sturdy hand railing on the left side so if you decide to ascend to the top floor a little tipsy or with a glass or two, or more, of wine in your hand you’ll do just fine!
Image via Queens Counsel
Unlike some of these old maisons, in which the bathroom/toilet is on a separate floor, which can be a bit of a pain in the middle of the night, both floors have a toilet. There’s a bathroom on both floors. The first floor has a shower & toilet. The second floor has a bath/shower & toilet. So there’ll be no excuse for trepidation at midnight in this petite maison!
As well as French, I believe we have several English & NZ ex pats living as neighbours, or nearby in the village some full-time, some part. I’m not sure there will be other Australians there but I’m not at all perturbed having lived in the USA for 17 years in four different states & where I gallivanted all over the place, driving on the right side of the road of course, pursuing different interests & projects including employment in the law. Yes, I was an Aussie ex-pat in the USA where I met & enjoyed people from all walks of life, from numerous countries. Nothing really fazed me.
Taking risks, moving from the comfort of ‘home’ is not new to me albeit not on a permanent basis re our petite maison secondaire. I only wish NGE & I had indulged ourselves sooner. Buying a house in France means new challenges, new culture, new learning, new friends. Just as I like it. I’m the sort of person who, sponge-like, absorbs all around me. I could live anywhere. Timidity is anathema to me. Life shouldn’t be boring, un-challenging, no matter ones age & dotage! If we can do it, anybody can.
I look forward to the new ramifications including, of course, the language hiccup, one I must conquer & one NGE will mostly defer to me. Hmph!