We have signed the compromis de vente, waited for the cooling off period to expire, paid our deposit and finally we can now start to advertise our new property; a gite rental in our historic, meteoric and extremely charming home town of Rochechouart. Well, we can at least show you some pictures and a little more detail such as location, as perfect as it is on the edge of countryside yet just a five minute stroll up the ancient ramparts to the 13th century chateau and pot pourri of shops, bars and restaurants. Over the next few weeks we will begin to set up pages on gite rental sites, but for now here’s a little more information.
We take ownership at the beginning of June and for a few weeks following we will be making the property perfectly safe, secure and immaculate. We are purchasing much of the current furnishings as they are in keeping with the feel of the gite, the rest will be hand-picked to compliment and add to its charm. The house is ancient, built in 1646 partly from meteorite stone, despite its age it will be equipped with all the mod cons such as electricity and water. And TV, WiFi, fresh cotton sheets (sleeping up to 4) and a barbecue.
The gite is nestled near the bottom of the ramparts, the chemin leading down from the chateau in the ancient quarter of the town. One side of the property is on the pretty path leading up to town, the other side looks out to the lake and countryside with a small, very conveniently placed car park less than a minute’s walk away. A few steps away from the property and a magnificent view up to the chateau reveals itself. We’ve decided to call the gite La Terrasse du Citron for two reasons. One, it sounds lovely and two because the gite’s private terrace will be home to a fragrant lemon tree and complimentary décor.
The gite is currently occupied so our ability to go in and take enticing photos is non-existent, so the exterior photos above are ours and the interior images below are borrowed from our kindly agent. The terrace for example will become more lemony, and the large hamburger art in the lounge is not an item we’ve purchased. We are looking to make the gite available for rental from the beginning of July and hopefully in a few weeks we will be able to point you in the direction of some rental sites, until then if anyone would like any more information we’re here and very much happy to help.
In other business news our Etsy page has taken on a rebrand, now named French Curios Cave. Our lovely neighbours have been kind enough to take us on weekly jaunts to hunt down some vintage treasures, but with fingers very much crossed we’re hoping to be reunited with our car this week, two months after the accident took it very much off road. We’re getting to know our business whilst also being aware that whether on the high street or online any new shop will take time to build up a loyal customer base. Our customers so far have been here in France, across Europe, the UK and a couple in America. Our business is international and we have a growing pile of customs forms to show for it. Onwards and very much upwards.