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Simon Pocock - Blues in BrittanyA couple of fields away from our house, there is a chateau: not massively big, but bigger than a manor house.

I have often wondered what it looked like inside as I drove past over the last 20 years, and a week ago the new owner (who inherited it and bought out her sisters) asked us to do a clean on the “gite ” which is attached to it.

We didn’t hesitate to say yes, so on Monday we got started.

It is a bizarre gite.  I have seen a lot over the years, good, bad, indifferent and boring, but this one is in a class of  its own, with two big wooden doors opening onto a space which can only be described as a workshop full of gardening tools and a ride-on mower.

To the right there is a white kitchen, very boring, with minimal furniture. Then there is access to the upper floor, across the workshop, via very fine oak stairs (the best feature) and three bedrooms.

At the top of the stairs is a door to access the chateau, so we took a quick tour.

There were two enormous bedrooms with very grand fireplaces, and an 18th century ensuite in a tower (a wash basin), as well as four granite sets of stairs: we almost got lost.

The downstairs living area has been altered, as the brother in law is an achitect. It is fitted with a very compact kitchen which would suit an appartment in Paris rather than a 17th century chateau.

Still, in general, a very interesting house, but I think the owner would make much more money renting the chateau rather than the “garage/gite “.

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