Piece of history
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!