In the Calvados area of Basse-Normandie, layers of color spread through the land. Somber colors of D-Day landing beaches. Vivid colors of fields and apples and Bayeux tapestries. The cuisine tops off the dynamic features of the area; as Camembert and Pont L’eveque cheeses, cider, seafood and dairy foods fill pantries with delicious, natural choices. Add the soft hills and gorgeous sandy beaches, and you might just choose this place to live or vacation.
I’m sure you won’t be surprised, when I tell you I’ve found ‘just the place’! Bien sur! I was on another of my daydreaming journeys, when I came across the Maison de Maitre. The beautifully-renovated home and garden lies at the edge of a lively village; and, in fact, was once the home and offices of the local Notaire.
Today, custom-made marble graces kitchen and baths. Imagine your tiled entry leading the way to a grand, paneled sitting room. Shall we have a glass of wine in front of the marble fireplace?
I see croissants and artisan jams in the south-facing breakfast room and, perhaps, a small dinner party in the formal dining room. Up the spiral staircase, is a nice little office – perfect for writing France Daily Photo posts. Actually, the maison features several choices for common living areas – all centrally heated.
A wide staircase leads to four spacious bedrooms on the first floor. I think we’ll make the main bathroom into an en-suite bath for the master bedroom, as there is also a WC and large shower, as well as a second bathroom with bath, basin and WC. I appreciate the vegetable garden and little orchard of fruit trees, as well as the grassy slopes than run down to a small stream.
The village offers basic amenities, and the town of St Lô is just a 10-minute drive. For the weekend, we could pack up and head to ferries at Cherbourg or Ouistreham for a nice trip to England.
Nice to take a pleasant mental journey and, who knows? Your maison may be right around ‘the next daydream’!
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