Our dream home

– says staff writer Ca­tri­ona Burns

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Staff writer Ca­tri­ona Burns ex­plains why a ru­ral house in Dor­dogne is her dream buy

For me, a new life in France would be a chance to en­joy life’s sim­ple plea­sures. I’d hap­pily give up all my mod cons for long lunches, trips to the mar­ket and more time to cook and read. And if it was in this beau­ti­ful 18th­cen­tury house in Dor­dogne, I’d give up my iPhone right now.

Liv­ing on a noisy city road, I’m al­ways drawn to homes in the coun­try­side where I could en­joy a bit of peace and quiet, which is ex­actly what this house, set in 1.79 hectares would of­fer. I prob­a­bly wouldn’t see a soul as I pot­tered about the gar­den or splashed around in the out­side swim­ming pool – and I can tell you, that would suit me just fine!

But I sus­pect that I wouldn’t be on my own for long. With five bed­rooms, three bath­rooms and out­build­ings that could be con­verted, there’s plenty of room for guests. Play­ing host would give me an ex­cuse to use the built-in bread oven in the base­ment and if I had guests, I sup­pose it would only be po­lite to make sure that the wine cel­lar was well stocked...

I’ve al­ways thought that the kitchen is the heart of the home and this prop­erty proves my point. Stone walls, a beau­ti­ful Belfast sink, cosy fire­place and wooden work­tops – it’s love at first sight. I don’t think I would ever tire of mak­ing home­cooked meals from here, as I look out at the sprawl­ing coun­try­side views. Plus, hav­ing dou­ble doors that open out to the gar­den means that I’d never miss out on the ac­tiv­i­ties that may be go­ing on out­side.

But the best part of the day would be climb­ing the wooden stair­case to bed. With the last of the em­bers dy­ing out in the bed­room fire, I’d fall asleep, book in hand, look­ing out to a starry sky; and check­ing my phone wouldn’t cross my mind.

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