In 2012 I made a life changing decision; I took early retirement from teaching in order to follow a long held ambition of opening a Chambres d’Hotes in France. I made it over the Channel (or should I say under it), in 2014 and have since been working hard to make this historic house into a home I can welcome visitors into. I have lost track of how many wonderful friends and family have helped me reach this point, but one thing is for sure, I couldn’t have done it without them. Needless to say, with a house of this age, there is always a project on the go but the bedrooms are fresh and newly decorated and ready for guests. Since day 1 of being here, I have written a blog (https://myfrenchhaven.wordpress.com/) about the work on the house, visitors and helpers, the weather, daily encounters, significant events, animal behaviour and much more. You can read my blog and see photographs of the work on the house by clicking on the tab above.
The house was built around 1880 and is full of original features and charm. I hope you will fall in love with it as I did. Since living here, I have found out a few things about its previous owners and can share some interesting stories with you! The south facing view from the house over the town and River Vienne is wonderful. You can watch town life unfolding, gauge the weather from the hill tops and see the Cathedral. Walking down into town is quick and easy. The walk back is uphill – be warned!
There is a small market every Saturday morning and a bigger one fortnightly on a Thursday. In the town itself, there are several places to eat, coffee shops and tabacs. You may even stumble across a television crew; a French TV drama is filmed here twice a year. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1288631/)
On the 14th July you can come celebrate France’s Bastille Day in Eymoutiers town square and high street. Throughout Bastille Day the town will have a street sale during the morning. Then there will be fireworks, food and music in the evening time for all of Eymoutiers creating a party atmosphere. Eymoutiers is also visited by a fabulous steam train (http://www.trainvapeur.com/eymoutiers/) which travels through the Limousin region.
I hope I’ll be meeting a lot of new people very soon.