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A Lovely Home in France ~Winter-Summer Blessed

Updated on July 9, 2014

France... So COZY in the Winter by a Fireplace

Isn't a crackling fire, a cup of hot cocoa and a book the most delightful thing you can imagine? Winter anywhere brings that to mind. What would it feel like to open your eyes in the morning to look outside your bedroom window and see the countryside of France of your new home? Doesn't that sound splendid! It is not that far fetched!! Why not buy a house for sale in France!


Lets imagine there are three bedrooms

Bedroom 1:

This room sits in the newer part of the property, ie what was a barn before and has much light from the large window openings. The floor is oak parquet. There is an electric convector heater installed.

Bedroom 2:

This room is in the original house and has lovely big exposed beams. The chimney comes up through this room and there is a vent which convects heat from the inglenook fireplace in the living room downstairs. This is sufficient to heat the room throughout the winter.

Bedroom 3:

Large enough to be used as a single room with views over the garden. This room also sits over the original house and has the exposed beams. There is also an electric convector heater in this room.


A lovely large landing with doors to bedrooms 2 and 3 and also the bathroom. There is currently a folding staircase that goes into the attic but there is enough space here to install a proper staircase.

Glorious isn't it? Don't you just love the light coming through the window? It is like a painting.




TURN ON SOME MUSIC as you enjoy this lens

Down Comfortors For Those Chilly Winter Nights

Get out that feather down bedding and a cup of hot chocolate!

Winter Wonder

Winter Wonder
Winter Wonder

A Home in France

This could be YOU, living in France in this beautiful countryside home. This one is no longer for sale but others like it are.

Charming 200 year old 3 bedroomed country house with 153m habitable space and 2300m of land. In need of some renovation work but totally habitable. As owner Cathy Savels describe it, The house sits in the famously beautiful landscape of the massif central. From the garden it is possible to see several extinct volcanoes including Puy de Dome, one of the highest. The property is in a small hamlet containing 5 houses in the community of St Etienne des Champs with it's Marie and Church.

How perfect!

The roof was completely renewed in the '70s and is in excellent condition. We have since completely insulated the roof space. The original house has beautiful exposed oak beams which stretch the entire width of the house and are original. The converted part of the house has wooden ceilings which are painted.


The house itself offers much space. Immediately habitable is 153m but there is also an attic of 63m and a small cave of 20m.

I want it!

A gorgeous bedroom

A gorgeous bedroom
A gorgeous bedroom

The Living Room

Ahh that fireplace, can't you just see yourself all cozy with a good book?

42m with an inglenook fireplace housing a 13kw wood stove which is sufficient to heat the entire house. A vent goes up from the fireplace to the 2nd bedroom on the first floor and the convected heat is sufficient to heat this room throughout the winter months.

The Living Room.. another view

Maybe it is not just a dream to live in France

The Countryside

The Bathroom

Ahh so French, don't you just adore it? The bathroom comprises a large shower, toilet, bath and sink. There is also an electric towel radiator which also heats the room during cold winter months.

The Garden in France

IMAGINE YOU PLANNING... YOUR PLANS ... The garden has been landscaped in terraces with rockeries and lawn. Part of the garden is flat with another part on a gentle slope. There is also a small copse containing several very large and old trees, some as old as 50 years old.

There is also a strawberry bed, raspberries, apple tree, plum tree, walnut tree and hazelnut trees. There is also space for growing vegetables.

At the back of the property, there is a 50cm ladder right.

In general:

The property is still in need of renovation works but is completely habitable. It has a septic tank which was installed in 2007 and conforms to the new regulations.

There is an electric meter which was installed in 2007 but the wiring in the house still needs to be done.

There is a hot water tank of 200L which was also installed in 2007. There is hot water in the bathroom but not yet installed in the kitchen although there is cold water. Drainage is in place for a sink and a dishwashing machine.

The windows are old and single glazed and would also need to be replaced in time.

The building is stone and the stonework needs to be repointed. Some rendering was put on top of the stonework many years ago and this would need to be removed. This comes off very easily and is not a big undertaking.

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It is at 730m altitude and has stunning views, predominantly over to Puy de Dome.

The property faces south east.

The house is situated in the community of St Etienne des Champs which has a church and Marie but no shops. The property sits exactly in the middle of Giat and Pontaumur, both with supermarkets and both journeys are 17kms. Both towns provide us with everything we need from DIY stores, garden centre, bio shop, doctors, dentist, bars, restaurant and hotels.

The immediate area is made up of partly woodland and farm land making for a very peaceful setting. The local farmer and his family live in the same hamlet and they are super friendly and accommodating to anything the neighbors may need.

Ahh so very LOVELY!! Again it is sold but you may find your dream too!


How BEAUTIFUL.. A Lake nearby at Les Ancizes

The property would also suit someone who wants to run a gite and everything is in place to achieve this in a relatively short amount of time and without major work needing to be done.

Many people in this area have secondary homes here. There are people from Paris, Holland, Belgium and also nearer, Clermont Ferrand. Because of it's peaceful setting in this beautiful landscape, it makes for a wonderful retreat.

Alternatively this would also make a great family home.

Convinced? Boy this is just a glorious spot in paradise.


A Little French Music?

Simple yet elegant... When preparing the caramel for this quick and simple skillet-baked apple tart, be sure to remove the pan from the heat when the caramel is just amber -- the sugar will continue to cook from residual heat, which could lead to a bitter, burned sauce. Recipe taken from Thanks so much!

Cook Time

Prep Time: fifteen minutes

Total Time: thirty three minutes

Serves: ten


  • pound(s) (5 to 7 large) Golden Delicious apples
  • peeled
  • cored
  • and cut in half
  • 2 tablespoon(s) butter
  • 3/4 cup(s) sugar
  • 1 (half 17.3-ounce package) sheet frozen puff pastry
  • thawed as label directs


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place apples in 9-inch glass pie plate; cover with waxed paper, and cook in microwave on High 7 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in heavy 10-inch skillet with oven-safe handle (or with handle wrapped in a double layer of foil for baking in oven later), melt butter over medium-high heat. Add sugar and cook about 5 minutes or until amber in color, swirling skillet frequently. Immediately remove skillet from heat (caramel will continue to darken).
  3. With tongs, transfer apples from pie plate to skillet, coating flat sides of apples first with caramelized sugar. Then arrange apples, rounded side down, rotating them slightly to fit in a single layer in skillet.
  4. On lightly floured surface, unfold puff pastry sheet. Fold in each corner of puff pastry about 2 inches and press down to form an "octagon." With lightly floured rolling pin, roll dough into 12-inch round. Place dough round on top of apples in skillet; tuck in edge of dough around apples. With knife, cut six 1/4-inch slits in dough to allow steam to escape during baking. Bake tart about 25 minutes or until crust is golden.
  5. When tart is done, cool in skillet on wire rack 10 minutes. Center large platter upside down on top of skillet. Wearing oven mitts to protect your hands, and grasping platter and skillet firmly together, quickly invert tart onto platter. Cool 20 minutes to serve warm.
  6. Ohhh YUMMY!
  7. ~~*~~
Cast your vote for Winter calls for baking: Recipe for Tarte Tatin~apple tarts, quick and easy

French Proverbs ~"After the rain, the nice weather."

quelque chose malheur est bon.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

"Unhappiness is good for something."

Aprs la pluie le beau temps.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

"After the rain, the nice weather."

L'arbre cache souvent la fort.

Can't see the forest for the trees.

"The tree often hides the forest."

Aussitt dit, aussitt fait

No sooner said than done

"Immediately said, immediately done."

Autres temps, autres mœurs.

Times change.

"Other times, other customs."

Bon sang ne saurait mentir.

What's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh.

"Good blood doesn't know how to lie."

Ce sont les tonneaux vides qui font le plus de bruit.

Empty vessels make the most noise.

"It's the empty barrels that make the most noise."

Chacun voit midi sa porte.

to each his own.

"Everyone sees noon at his door."

Wouldn't it be grand to look outside your kitchen window and see the French countryside?

Outside your window

Outside your window
Outside your window

Relocating to France

by Carolyn Clayton

More and more people are moving abroad these days and France is one favourite destination. Its not surprising people are choosing France as the country has a style and look of its own and is steeped in history, it is also well known for its love of the arts and architecture. The country has a population of 64.1 million with 51% being catholics the other half pretty mixed. Its economy is the sixth largest in the world, the currency being Euro or French Franc and the size of the country is 674,843km2.

France has a significant English speaking expat population, which mostly consists of retired and so called inactive expats which are people below retirement age but not working.

France has plenty to offer families and singles wishing to emigrate to the country. It is an exciting place to live but not easy unless you learn the language. The French take pride in their languages and foreign languages are not commonly spoken. There are bilingual schools but even so you should really be thinking about teaching your whole family the language. There are plenty of French language schools offering courses to foreigners.

With regards to employment there are plenty of opportunities however you really will have to learn the language. The French government (Unitary Republic) are very committed to encouraging the unemployed back to work. The French state benefit is one of the most lucrative of the developed world. The jobless in France are very well compensated for when out of work. If your planning on moving to France you can be safe in the knowledge that you will be looked after by the state if you were to lose your employment in the future.

If you are looking for property in France then you will find your money will go further. Property prices are on average substantially lower than property in the UK. Location makes a large difference on pricing as does the age of a house. Newer houses are a lot more expensive than older houses and property in the city's are a lot more expensive than those in the country side. In fact you can live a good life in France for much less than it would cost you to have a similar lifestyle in the UK. That and the lower property prices are nothing but enticing.

France has an excellent healthcare system but you will have to register with their mairie within 3 months of living permanently in the country. This is to provide evidence that you have financial resources to live there. You will also need evidence of personal medical insurance.

While France has many attractions to foreign nationals looking to relocate, there are a number of areas which need to be addressed. While there are genuine gaps in the employment market which can be exploited by overseas workers, the downside is the taxation situation.

It is easy to see why France has the most foreign visitors of any other country in Europe and why more and more people are relocating there. However relocating to France requires careful planning and an appreciation of the cultures of this beautify country.


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Winter through Summer

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My FAV Isabelle Boulay song- Mieux qu'ici-bas

French Decor

If you don't see yourself living in France perhaps a little French decor/

Paris - 10 Things You Need To Know

Merci beaucoup and a few other French lessons

FRENCH: thank you very much - Merci (beaucoup)

So You're Moving to France?

by Helen Cox

t has been said that more than half a million people from Britain have second homes in France while a further 100,000 live there permanently. One of the most compelling reasons for many Britons to relocate to France is the price of the property and the fact they fall in love with the country.

Sadly however out of all these people who make the decision to leave the UK behind for a more idyllic life in France it has been said that two thirds of British expats go home after less than three years of being in France. The main reason for this is that people fail to plan ahead for their move.

It is essential that you thoroughly plan your move to France well in advance of the date you are due to leave to make sure that you have considered everything there is to know as well as filling in all of your application forms to do with your visa or permit. You are also advised to spend at least two weeks within the area you want to move to so that you can get a feel for the lifestyle.

More important than anything else when it comes to moving to France is learning the language. It is highly important that you learn the French language before you move, even if you only learn the basics. The French take high pride in their language, which is why it is so important that you make as much effort to speak French as you can as you will be more welcomed and are more likely to make friends. You have to except the French way of life and the French way of doing things. For example if you are involved in a business with clients or investors etc you will always have to meet them face to face as it is highly difficult to get any answers via email or telephone. Also the way in which the French interact with each other is less casual than people in Britain, for example here when we arrive at work we shout hello to each other then get down to work, whereas in France colleagues shake hands every morning and say bonjour. It is good to be aware of aspects such as these as you should be sensitive to such differences.

When it comes to community life, again, the formalities are different to what you may be used to. In Britain the way we invite people round is telling them to 'pop round anytime,' in France you will be formally invited on a certain day at a certain time, so to get to know people it is advised to introduce yourself to the neighbours and get involved in community events, this is what many people in Britain aren't aware of; you need to put yourself forwards. If you show you are willing and eager to become involved, you will be welcomed with open arms.

One of the easiest ways of getting around France is via car, so if you are moving to France you are able to bring your car over, subject to restrictions, and if your driving license was issued by an EU county it will be fully valid to be used in France. Other driving licenses may be valid for a limited period before they must be changed to a French license.

Helen Cox is the web master of Overs International, specialists in all of your Moving and Shipping to France.

Helen's website on MOVING and SHIPPING to France

Before you leave can you take my 3 polls? Sign my Guestbook and give me a Thumbs UP! Yay!

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Wouldn't it be grand to have this as a second home even?

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      6 years ago

      I would really love to visit France.

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      6 years ago

      It would be so lovely to visit France any time of the year.

      Even more wonderful to have a home in such a beautiful area. :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I love it when the past and present collide. An old home with all the convenience of it's modern counterparts is my dream home. This home in France has all that and more. How wonderfully romantic it would be to step back in time in that beautiful home in France. What a showcase home.

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      7 years ago

      I can't believe the trouble Kathy went to to produce this amazing lens! I'm blown away too by all the wonderful comments. Thank you Kathy and thanks everyone for your wonderful comments. It's much appreciated.

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      7 years ago

      @Andy-Po: It is a bargain! We want to move south for health reasons. Thanks for your interest.

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      7 years ago

      This house looks wonderful and a bargain too (especially compared to some parts of London where a two-bed apartment can easily cost more than ten times that much) I love France and go there a lot. In fact I shall be going in a few weeks time. But I rarely go to the same place, so I'm not in the market for a house in France just yet... In a few years time I might be though.

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      7 years ago

      France is my "Plan B". When I get crabby at my husband and kids, I tell them I am going to go live in a windmill in France by myself. This house would work too, though.... ;-) Fun lens!

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      goo2eyes lm 

      7 years ago

      returning to give this lens some squidangel *blessings*.

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      7 years ago

      I would love to one day live in France, that's my dream! Another beautiful lens! =)

    • TransplantedSoul profile image


      7 years ago

      i lived in F|rance for a few years, A great expereince - but like a lot of Europe nothing is "easy". Everything takes longer than you think - so get ready to change you expectations of instant gratification and realx into the jouney instead.

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      Miha Gasper 

      7 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      You are right. It is lovely! Could make perfect home for romantic artist...

    • dahlia369 profile image


      7 years ago

      I hope this house finds its perfect match soon! :)

    • LornsA178 profile image


      7 years ago

      So peaceful and lovely.

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      Brian Stephens 

      7 years ago from France

      Looks like a lovely place.

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      7 years ago

      A wonderful presentation of this property and the French landscape. Absolutely beautiful!

    • Brandi Bush profile image


      7 years ago from Maryland

      I visited France as a's on my bucket list to return someday! Absolutely gorgeous! :)

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      goo2eyes lm 

      7 years ago

      i would like to go for a visit in france though. my second home is malaysia, next is canada.

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      7 years ago

      This has been a fun walk in your neighborhood

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      SecondHandJoe LM 

      7 years ago

      Clever! It looks like you worked hard to build it. Feels like Europe!

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      7 years ago

      Ah, this sounds like the answer to my dreams ... contemplating putting my house on the market this year ... a bit more than the selling price on this home ... and I have considered retiring to Europe ... France would be an option. Are there realtors/sellers arranging property sale trades? What about the utilities, amenities, perks, transportation, neighbors there?

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      7 years ago

      What a unique, clever and absolutely wonderful lens. While I can't afford to move to France and am happy where I am at now I love France and love seeing the pics of this home in France. All the info you need at your fingertips if you want to move to France, house for sale included. Very enjoyable reading and this lens is great.

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      Pam Irie 

      7 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I just shared this page on FB. It's a wonderful opportunity for some lucky person.

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful lens - I really would love to buy the house if that was possible for me!

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      7 years ago


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      Laraine Sims 

      7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Congratulations on being one of the best winter home decorating ideas on Squidoo. I really love to visit other areas of the world. Right now this is the only way I am able to do it so this lens was a real treat.

      Angel blessed.

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      C A Chancellor 

      7 years ago from US/TN

      I wouldn't want to live there all the time but this would be an amazing retreat to get away from it all!

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      poppy mercer 

      7 years ago from London

      I'm on a long term project building a garden for a London client in Gascony/ Midi Pyrenese..I stay twice a year, and have to deal with local builders etc.

      Language is a must, you are lost with out it. Also, I do find that visiting is very different to living there...depending where you locate to, the community can move in ways that might be alien and frustrating to an outsider. You do need to be comitted, but there's no doubt that you get fantastic value for your money with property and land...beautiful landscape in parts, great food and a lovely climate.

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      7 years ago

      My mum is going to France in June this year, so I picked up a few pointers, she is going over with my brother, and part of the Christmas gift he bought her was a speaking French CD, he would have bought her software, but mum says that she is to old to use a computer now (rubbish) but not going to argue with her. The travel agent did tell him that the French do like you to try to speak French. I am surprised at the cost of housing as that place is not expensive, but it is going to be quite a few years before I retire, wouldn't I just love to decorate that place. Nice information Kathy, and the music was lovely.

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      7 years ago

      When I was wwoofing in the Pyrenees, I saw houses for sale in small villages and it was very tempting. I met a few expats from various countries and they loved living in France.

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      7 years ago

      Nice location and home!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      What a beautiful presentation! I love France and I could imagine a lovely summer home there. Tis quite a temptation :)

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      7 years ago

      We have friends who gave up the rat race in Toronto and moved to the south of France - and they couldn't be happier. Love this lens, reminds me of them and perhaps (someday) I will visit and join them there.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Love that huge fireplace. Can you imagine the amount of wood they needed in the day to keep such a fire going? Mon dieu! But how wonderful to live so near that beautiful lake, and in the midst of so much history.

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      7 years ago

      beautiful home, if I had that kind of money, I'd be all over it!

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      7 years ago

      Sounds absolutely beautiful - thanks for sharing! :)

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      E L Seaton 

      7 years ago from Virginia

      South of France, middle of France, north of France, COUNTRYLUTHIER would like the second home in the country. First home in the country will be located in my home state of Mississippi. Hope to be lensing from there and alternatively from number 2 maybe in France. A luthier can dream can't he!

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      7 years ago

      Sounds very appealing with a house in France!

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      7 years ago

      Sacre vache, I would love a home in France!

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      dc64 lm 

      7 years ago

      My ancestry is French, and I wish I could afford to have a second home there. That is a goal of mine!

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      7 years ago

      May someone's dreams come true!

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      7 years ago

      A place in paradise. Just beautiful.

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens and it looks like a fabulous idea for someone suffering cold winters in Siberia or Iceland but give me the great Aussie winter with temps around the mid teens Celsius of course. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Blessings by Skiesgreen 2012. Hugs

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      OzGirl LM 

      7 years ago

      As a second home, yes, this would be divine. I would adore sitting in front of the fire, curled up with a hot cup of tea and an absorbing read!

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      7 years ago

      your making me homesick and want to live at this destination. well done on your lens, this reader sure is glad I read this.

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful lens. And you certainly make it seem easy to pack up and move to France. Dreaming.....

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      7 years ago

      I looked into buying a B&B in France 2 years ago, but ended up buying a 200-year-old estate in Georgia instead. I still would like to have a 2nd home in France. I absolutely love it. Thanks for such a beautiful lens -- and for getting me dreaming again. Here's an angel blessing for you.

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      7 years ago

      Haven't been to France yet, but it looks absolutely amazing. Love the bricks :D

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      7 years ago

      Nice lens

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      7 years ago

      I've been to France twice in winter, hope to visit summer France this year.

      Thanks for reminding me the beauty of France!

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful house and very nice lens!

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      heehaw lm 

      7 years ago

      beautiful house which has a great view beside the lake, suitable for any family. we could go fishing by the lake, picnic, enjoy the green trees and spend time at the garden. i wish i could own a house like this

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      7 years ago

      Avery beautiful home.

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      Roberto Eldrum 

      7 years ago

      Oh wow, I think I saw a similar picture of my dream house.... can;t get any better than this, lovely!!

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      Barbara Walton 

      7 years ago from France

      I've lived in beautiful Limousin for ten years now. Bring the children, it's perfect for them. Clean, healthy & safe. The schools in our part of the country are disciplined, children neat and polite. Young children learn French at the drop of a hat. My son, aged 5 when we arrived, hardly seemed to notice the language 'problem'. Now I run a B&B and gite and wrtie about France and all things French. Do come. Cathy's house looks like a bargain!

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      7 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful! Blessed!

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      7 years ago

      I love anything French! Would love to go there someday.


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