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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