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!

Friday, 14 October 2011

A whole year at Vue de Duras

Well, here we are, a whole year later!
A year ago today, we arrived in Duras, to take a look at the house that was about to become ours.
What a year since then. Look back over the blog for details!
This week has just about seen the last of the builders with the re-roofing of the back of the house. We're hoping that the coming winter will be a bit warmer in that part of the house, now that it has new insulation and is water-tight.
We have re-used all the old tiles on the lower roof, so it looks just the same, but we know it's better. Clearing the ground beneath the overhang, where all the new tiles had been stored for months, I found the remains of the roof before the last one, but it looks so much better now.

We have had a good first year for our B & B business, with guests still arriving - mostly house hunters at the moment, but the year has also seen holiday-makers -English, French, Dutch, Australian, and guests at weddings at the chateau in Duras - mostly French. We've enjoyed meeting them all, they've been a lovely bunch of people, thank you to all of them. We've also enjoyed visits from friends - none of whom over-stayed their welcome and we look forward to seeing them all again!

Our newest venture is 'tea and cake on Sunday afternoons'. 
Earl Grey cup cakes, ginger cake and coffee fudge cake
Tea with a view
Tea with a view - and some shelter!
Join us if you're near-by. Ring first just to make sure (details on our web-site).
 3-5pm Sundays.
A few photos to sum up the last month.
A Sunday morning hot air balloon.
Autumn sunrise.
Newly planted vine next to the gite terrace - grapes for eating.
Newly planted birch trees, by the pond.
Weeping willow
Passion flower to grow over the fence
Geoff and Judith, enjoying a lovely September day with us.
I'd like to think that these are the collared doves hatched in our palm tree!
Autumn sun set.
Early morning alarm call!
A beautiful car belonging to some of our lovely guests.


  1. I can't believe that it's been a whole year already! You've all done such an amazing job with the place. Looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks xxx

  2. Quite a milestone, and it's amazing how much you've achieved! The Sunday tea idea is fab and one day I hope to get there for it!