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Ihave just read the ar­ti­cle ‘Sis­ter Act’ in the Novem­ber is­sue of Liv­ing France about the two sis­ters who own a Dor­dogne re­treat. They said they would love to know more about their prop­erty’s his­tory. Well, I know quite a lot about my lit­tle two-up-two-down cot­tage in the small vil­lage of Came­tours in Nor­mandy.

It is in a ter­race of build­ings built around three sides of a square op­po­site the church, and up to the 1950s all the cot­tages seem to have been not just ac­com­mo­da­tion, but shops too. My cot­tage ( see be­low) was the vil­lage milliner’s shop and work­shop and I still have a small se­lec­tion of the hats which were made there, together with a cou­ple of the tools of the trade. Next door was the post of­fice and gen­eral store. There was also a far­rier, a small ho­tel with a dance floor and even a prison! The vil­lage now has about 300 res­i­dents, but at the turn of the cen­tury (19th to 20th) there were over 1,000 res­i­dents mainly em­ployed in the linen-mak­ing in­dus­try that thrived there at the time.

I have owned the cot­tage for 10 years now and have man­aged to turn it into a cosy home all by my­self at very lit­tle ex­pense. It is just per­fect for me and my lovely Labrador com­pan­ion.

Peg Brown­ing Came­tours, Manche

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