Piece of his­tory

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I thought you might be in­ter­ested in a tiny piece of his­tory con­cern­ing one of the prop­er­ties shown in the France Prop­erty Shop news­let­ter I re­ceived on 26 Jan­uary.

It is listed as a two-bed de­tached cot­tage in Cal­va­dos, priced at €122,500. Back in 1987, my hus­band and I, to­gether with a friend, stayed in that cot­tage when it was the hol­i­day prop­erty of a doc­tor and his fam­ily.

It was ad­ver­tised in FPN, and, as I was one of the early read­ers, hav­ing bought the first sta­pled copy, I saw the ad­vert and tele­phoned the owner. It was given as be­ing suit­able for a cou­ple, but my close friend was hop­ing to come with us on hol­i­day. The owner’s wife kindly said that there was a spare bed in the at­tic, though it was not prop­erly fur­nished then and one had to go up to it via a lad­der!

My friend had no ob­jec­tions to this. We found the cot­tage to be a de­light­ful place, with lovely views. The bed­room also be­came their sit­ting room, which was pos­si­ble be­cause the bed was a fold­ing one which dis­ap­peared be­hind cur­tains very smoothly – fully made up for sleep­ing.

I re­mem­ber that the kitchen was welle­quipped and used calor-gas for cook­ing. The man who was in charge of chang­ing the gas cylin­ders at that time was the Bri­tish next-door neigh­bour in the large house. I re­alised on talk­ing to him that he had been a war cor­re­spon­dent dur­ing World War II and that I had lis­tened to his broad­casts as a child!

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