Our dream home
– says staff writer Catriona Burns
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.