In 2002 Anne”s sister approached us with the idea of jointly buying a home in France. She knew that we often dreamed of the idea and she wanted a project to work on. It just so happened that it came at the right time for us and we said yes. So, in the middle of the summer, we set of as three innocents to find our dream home.
Of course, the first decision we had to make was: where? We loved France and could have gone anywhere. Anne”s sister was interested in the Vendee. In the end we chose the Loire valley because it was as far south as we felt we could travel regularly without being dependent upon planes.
So we spent a few weeks house hunting. In fact the first house that we looked at ticked all the boxes but it was the first, so we said no. Eventually, we decided to go for it … but it was too late.
We saw so many great houses but all lacked some key element. I could bore you with the one”s we didn”t buy. In the end, we bought an old farm house on an acre of land. Dad had died and Mum was moving into a rest home, so we negotiated with the four children for the purchase of their family home.
Here”s the house we bought. Take a look at http://www.HolidayInTheLoire.com to see what we made of it.