France, maison

more peeks into the tiny maison


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Here is another view of the little old stone cottage. Of course it is most certainly not a grande maison & definitely not a chateau! Alas, no Escape to le Chateau for us! And, no, I’m definitely not a chatelaine! 🤣 🇫🇷  We are out the back looking up to the rear roof of the house, clad in Roman tiles as is required. The building closest is the small stone barn which can be converted into living and habitable space if we want.  How I love those old clay tiles, the Roman roof tiles, which are required in the region.  Yes, mandatory to use Roman tiles. These images are of course not ours as we haven’t been to France yet.  The owners have kindly shared some from their collection.


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Weathered, old, rustic.  Looking back at the little old barn from the narrow back garden area, you get a wider view of both roofs clad in the Roman tiles.  The house is tallish & narrow. While the sellers use the little barn as storage we are told it could be converted to a living & habitable area, an office, bedroom & bathroom, even a gite, if we so wanted.

Obviously, the rear garden area is not in any way formal or particularly planned. By necessity it’s a free & casual space as it’s just not possible to establish, let alone maintain, a garden when you are at the house for, say, 1 month a year, maybe more. Suits me as not only am I not a gardener, I have no desire to pay somebody to garden for me!  Weeds?  Ugh! Inefficient use of time & so, so repetitively monotonous 🙂  The sellers say, as soon as they arrive every year, they throw out seeds & annuals, start watering & the sweet garden is soon blooming.






This is the dining area, a tiny space in a tiny room.  Of course the art, the trinkets you see, will be taken by the owners.  Furniture stays.


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A landing area up top.  The top is one area, one large space or room and is the main bedroom. The bathroom is in the middle as you turn after coming up the wooden stairs.


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Dining room and sofa.


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A peek into the kitchen area which, you can see, is small but very functional.  The place was used as a holiday home only. Not to live in as one’s permanent home. A small narrow dining table & chairs are on the left. We will, of course, review this space with a view to perhaps adding, removing &/or changing things around.  As I say the first trip to France is merely to assess what needs to be done, re-done, renovated, added, deleted, fixed, upgraded repaired . . .


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Looking back down past the back area to the outdoor wisteria covered pergola space.  There is another smallish storage shed further down beyond.

Because the sellers had worked with the local notaire before and have been going to France, as part time residents, for the 10-11 years since they purchased the place, and because they have purchased another place in the neighbouring region, they are quite schooled in the workings of the French Notariat. It sure helps given Australia has a somewhat different system for buying & selling property.




The Notaire is not like a Notary in Australia.  Not at all.  While the French Notaire is a lawyer he/she is not an avocat & does not go to court. The Notaire conducts the real estate transaction.  They are “public officers” & private professionals.  Public because the state designates them, relying on them to receive & preserve the required instruments & contracts required.  Yet notaries, unlike most public officers, keep the proceeds of their services, compete with other professions to perform services beyond their monopoly, & guard the clients’  confidences against the state.  More at Notaires de France.



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