Our new home in France

While looking for a house to rent, somewhere to base ourselves while we hunt for the right property, we found the perfect house in the perfect spot -and with the help of the lovely people at Cle Rouge Immobilier in Duras it is ours! This blog is primarily for our friends and family to follow the ups and downs of the adventures. However if we don't know you, I hope you'll enjoy the story too, and that one day you may consider booking into our lovely home as a paying guest - you'll be made very welcome!

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Living on a building site.....

Work has continued in the house this week, and while it is coming together, the house is definitely beginning to look like a building site!
The woodchip wallpaper had to be steamed off ready for the tiles.
  A door has been cut into the wall.....
 and a new door made and fitted.......just waiting for the handles.
 The bath has been boxed in.
 The old door into the corridor has been removed and the space closed up.
A new door fitted to the balcony - one that doesn't let in the rain!
 My new cooker has been connected and is working beautifully.
The old gas water heater has been removed....
 and a new electric water heater and tank has been installed.
That's the plumber finished for now......
and the electrician is in full swing. Everywhere has wires hanging out of the walls and ceilings and is covered in dust!
We were glad to have Mike here for the week. He and Nicole finished planting the trees - we now have a neat grid of 5 X 4 fruit trees, apples, pears, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines and almonds. They also did the horrible job of getting rid of the woodchip in the bathroom. He has now returned to his day job. Thank you Mike!
 So lots done, a very successful week but still a lot to do!


  1. All the best with all your conversion work. We never made it too France (too old when we started looking!) but we have over the years rebuilt our 16th century farmhouse, and reclaimed the garden from a wilderness.

  2. A really interesting blog and an inspiration to us as we commence on our french re-build project.
    best wishes steve brown