Monday, July 28, 2014

The house we rented when on vacation in Normandy.

Today I thought I would show you a few photos around the outside of our rental house in Gouville-sur-Mer, and of some 'local residents'.
 

 This is the front of the property looking from left to right. Isn't that stonework gorgeous?   I fell in love with this house as soon as I saw it and have to thank Gregg for finding it in the first place.  He googled it!  There were ten of us who slept here and the bedrooms were very comfortable. 


The front door.

 
 A lovely line of old green bottles were in the front.....


You know me and rusty old things, I adored them.


These were at the front also but on the side wall.
 

 This was in the back garden.  Looking over the hedge you could see the next door neighbors' house.


 I had not one peeve about this place.  Well, maybe one, we we had to leave eventually!  Next time I will have some inside pictures.


And now we come to the 'local residents'.  We used to pass them on our walks and weren't too far down the road.  They weren't too chatty, more curious than anything else.





 

 

 Gouville-sur-Mer is marked in red.  You can see how near we are to England - to Plymouth - which wasn't too far from where I used to live.  As the crow flies I think it is about 60 to 70 miles from Normandy to Plymouth.  

 

 

33 comments:

Beatrice Euphemie said...

How beautiful! I do love the stone cottage and all the wonderful green bottles and rusty things - also, the 'neighbors' are quite interesting! I can't wait to see the inside! xo -Karen

TexWisGirl said...

what a great looking place and just my kinda neighbors!

Betsy Adams said...

What a neat place. I'd have to pinch myself each day wondering if I were really in NORMANDY...Amazing!

By the way, how did you all work out this big trip? Did you go through a travel agent to find rental places, decide where you were going or what you were going to see, etc????? I wouldn't know where to begin planning a huge trip like this...

Hugs,
Betsy

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

You and Gregg have such a rough life! Love the rustic exterior!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Simply beautiful.
There is something so welcoming about a stone property, reminds me of the ones in the Yorkshire Dales.
Love those old bottles and implements.
~Jo

Elephant's Child said...

What a glorious spot. Old buildings have sooooo much more charm and beauty (in my eyes).
Love the goat too.

Karen S. said...

Ah yes, the neighbors were a bit too busy munching to chit chat anyway! What a grand place it was, and not just the structure alone, but the artful designs about the place. Lovely green bottles indeed, I be worried about them breaking! The place looks as though someone truly loves and lives about the place!

Penelope Puddlisms said...

The stonework has incredible old world charm and seems would be invincible in any storm. I can see why you were drawn to it. The neighbours are cute too. Looks like they have enough grass to keep them munching forever!

William Kendall said...

The stonework is indeed beautiful, and quite ancient looking. And those bottles really draw my eyes. The neighbours look like good company too.

eileeninmd said...

Denise, the stone house is lovely.. I think it was an awesome find. And perfect for you all to stay in the same house.. Love the cute goat and sheep. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

Ginny said...

This is wonderful. And I bet this old house has many stories to tell.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

What a pretty house Denise. Clever Gregg for finding it. Love the pictures of the locals. Did you sing "10 green bottles"?Anyway, hope you all enjoyed your time there. A x

Jane and Chris said...

Such a pretty house...but I'm concerned that the sheep is chained.
Jane x

Marie said...

Oh, how I love this house, too! The stone-work is wonderful! I love the front door! And the ornaments outside (plus the "neighbors"!) are great! This had to be a dream vacation in so many ways!

Stephanie said...

Wow, I do love the look of that place and love the rust and assorted bottles, beautiful stonework and love the critters. Looking forward to seeing the inside of the place.

Adam said...

It's hard to find any kind of house like that around here

Vagabonde said...

I saw the picture of your Normandy house and it reminded me of a house I have not thought in decades – really! My mother and I (when I was a teenager) rented a house in Cherrueix, Brittany and it looked just like yours. It was supposed to be by the sea, but there were a lot of swamps in front and the sea was barely visible. The worse is that the house was full of mice as I don’t think anyone had lived there in years. So we packed and rented a flat in St Malo. I had forgotten about Cherrueix – I bet it is still a small village with those grey houses, but then again that was in the 1950s!

Cloudia said...

Lucky for Gregg you love rusty old things. Sorry, couldn't resist a stupid joke. What a nice place to spend time and make memories together.



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Gail Dixon said...

That is one beautiful estate! The old stone is so charming and your "neighbors" are wonderful. I hope you get to return soon.

Sandy Carlson said...

Thank you for taking us there.

Pauline said...

I'd have to pinch myself to see if I were awake if I arrived there to stay. Looks straight out of picture book. Can't wait to see the inside!

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

What a splendid place to stay - certainly beats camping! Looking forward to seeing the inside.

diane b said...

It is a great stone house and able to sleep ten. That was a good find. The bottles give the place character.

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

Lovely. Normandy is great - so much to see and just so charming. Except for Cherbourg! Wonderful pics - sounds like a great holiday.

Valerie said...

I like stone cottages. By the number of kilner jars on the rusty table it looks as if the owners did a lot of fruit bottling.

George said...

What a shame you had to leave this place -- it looks wonderful. The fact that you had such nice neighbors was a great bonus.

orvokki said...

What a lovely stone house to spend the holiday.
I thnk you was very happy to get this house.

From the Kitchen said...

This is exactly how I'd picture a Normandy vacation abode. I look forward to seeing inside. Thanks for stopping by and leading me here. Those Sunday dinners I spoke of were in Virginia!!

Best,
Bonnie

Felicia said...

It's a beautiful stone house. Are alot of the homes stone like this one. I love how quaint the villages and towns seems to be. Not at all urban like our cities and towns.

gigihawaii said...

Such a pastoral and idyllic place. I would like to be there some day.

Linda said...

I love the old stone house you stayed in. It has so much character inside and out. I can see you received a warm welcome. When I went to Normandy as a mature student our group stayed in a Youth Hostel based in Caen and that was a memorable experience too. I remember the food was very good.

Andrew Fulton said...

It's a wonderful post...

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

I am not sure which I like better, the inside or outside...but I do love the old stone