Friday, May 17, 2013

My French House - Dream came true.

I just came back from my 2 months trip to Korea and France.
I loved my recent french trip you will know why shortly.

France is a great place for shopping as you all know, but I am not interested in beautiful clothes or shoes. I am interested in old French Chateau, French Farm house and Maison de Maitre.

My dream is to live in France before I die ( LOL).

My trip to France this time was  for " House hunting " My family and I spent whole month to look for a house. I was determined to find a chateau but after we learn what to expect having a chateau from a close friend in France, A Chateau was off the list,so I was looking for a farm house or Maison de Maitre.

I am proudly announced that I found the house I love to live in beautiful Loire valley. We signed the contract ( Yes, we will be a new owner of the house as soon as everything finalized)  Unfortunately, My family won't use as a main resident for a while. There will be many flying between France and Australia for next 5 years. Meantime we will be using as a holiday home and holiday renting once house is renovated. I left my heart in this beautiful Country Maison.

I will be  posting  more about my dream home in Loire valley in France in the future.

Here is the overview on the house.

It was built in 1850 .
Maison de Maitre . ( A Master's House)
Located in Pays de la Loire.

6 bed rooms,
Formal Living room,
Formal Dining room,
2 bathrooms.
Chapel (but unfortunately, the chapel was donated to a local church so we don't own it even though it is in our garden)

and two out buildings, all set in little over 2 acres.

The house need a renovation and a lot of painting to do, but I am willing to do whatever it takes.

Here are some photos of my French House.

 Previous owner has a photo of the house. I guess it was taken a long time ago.

the trees next to the house is now taller than the house itself.

Welcome to My House. 
The Grand Gate.
Once we are inside the gate, you will have a very private surrounding.

This is the back of the house.
I like the back of the house more than the front of the house. don't get me wrong, the front of the house is as beautiful as the back of the house.

Can you see the car on the left hand side of the house?
you can judge how big and tall is the house. (smile)

This photo was taken our first visit with a Realtor followed by my hubby and a little princess.

Entrance to the house.

Ground floor hallway.
Look at that beautiful tile floor!!

This is a living room on the ground floor.
I felt in love with the fire place.
Yes, I bought the house because of the beautiful fire place that is 163 years old. (lol)

The house is not very visible when you drive the circular driveway to the front because of the big trees in front of the house.(I see a lot of trimming to do)

A lot of gardening to do. 
There are small pond which need a big cleaning job.
but I can imagine it will be gorgeous after the cleaning up.
Can you imagine water lilies and koi fish in that pond?

This is the corner of the Kitchen which need a total renovation.
New cabinets, new plumbing, new everything. 

I will keep update on the house.   A lot of paper work to do before we get the key to the house. I can't wait for my next trip back to the house. 

Hope you are having a wonderful day wherever you are

Julie xx


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

JULIE!You and me both; my dream house is a French country château, and my current home is close to it. How lovely to meet you tonight as I just found your comment! COME BACK tomorrow night because I'm hosting a FRANCE link party. I will have many links from bloggers all over the USA and Europe who will present beautiful posts regarding France. LOVE this house you photographed and I hope you get your dream one day. VIVE LA FRANCE! Anita

donna baker said...

The chateaux looks incredible. I love the Loire Valley. We spent a day poking around. It is so different than Paris. I'll have to find more time to spend in the French countryside.

La Brocanteuse said...

CONGRATULATIONS Julie!! Oh and what a beauty, I can fully understand how you could fall in love with this gorgeous property. What a dream to come true! I am looking forward to hear all about this exciting new " road" you and your family will be following. Wishing you only the best with all the formalities. Big hugs with celebration whoo hoo! Colette XX

Heritage Keepsakes said...

Congratulations Julie! Your house is stunningly beautiful. I am glad to hear your trip was so successful for your family. Looking forward to seeing more photos and hearing about your recent trip to France.

Fabulously French said...

Wow the house is stunning, lucky you to find such a gorgeous house.

It has lots of lovely original features and I am sure that you are already planning the interior :-)

amicalement, Leeann

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour Julie! How lovely to see your comment early this morning, as I head out again to visit more blogs for the party. I must say again that your photos here are just lovely, UN RÊVE!!! Anita

Erin~Just*Grand said...

Wow! What a fabulous house! And what a fantastic adventure ahead of you! I love the setting and the original features. Have fun! Visiting from French Country Cottage.

Botanic Bleu said...

What a fabulous French house. I am green with envy and cannot wait to see all the posts about upcoming renovations.

France, Loire Valley, 3-storied, six-bedroom house...just keeps getting better and better with every word...


Botanic Bleu said...

Oh,yes, I am now following so I don't miss any renovation posts.

I invite you to visit my blog anytime.


Ange said...

What a dream!!!! I shall keep it in mind for possible holiday accomodation in the (distant) future!!
Ange x

Kim @ French Country Antiques said...

What a dream house this is. You will have some much fun decorating it. I just returned from France and will headed back to Paris and Normandy in September.

Lee Caroline - A World of Inspiration said...

I have just added myself as a follower as I want to follow your house renovations. What a STUNNING! building, I am mesmerised. I too would love to live in France and have looked around for places but we could only afford a small cottage. Meanwhile we are settling on building something with a French feel in New Zealand but could never achieve something like this. I am soooooo envious, but also excited for you as I am sure you will make it look simply amazing.

Lee :)

La Brocanteuse said...

O yes, now I see your special fire place- YES it is gorgeous!! And L O V E the tiles ! And also the pond- is so beautiful.. You must try and find a old cement garden frog to position teas to little princess! Xx Colette

Genny said...

Wow! That’s a beautiful big French house! You can see with its historical architecture. It looks a little rustic, but with a few renovations it’ll surely return to its former glory. You must’ve been very excited to finally get to settle down in this house. Congrats, btw!
Genny Stutesman @ Churchill Mortgage