Maison Baleyssagues

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10 May 2021  |  Tessa Tucker  |  Holidays

Maison Baleyssagues is beginning to feel like home

Maison Baleyssagues is nestled right in the heart of beautiful Bordeaux region countryside in the small hamlet of Baleyssagues midway between Saint-Émilion and Bergerac. The unique ‘Y’ shaped villa was built by a renowned Dutch jazz pianist and has recently been bought by an English couple who are keen to continue its artistic legacy. The property is filled with original art and antiques and with three bedrooms is the perfect size for couples or friends to enjoy some peace and quiet, or a family holiday in the sun.

Saint-Sulpice

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10 May 2021  |  Nicholas Corry  |  Holidays

Manor House Reimagined for the Discerning Traveller

There are few things more tranquil than the gentle scent of lavender caught on the breeze, while the swallows soar overhead and the sunlight glints off the turquoise pool. On the edge of a rural village and dating from the 1850s, Saint-Sulpice and its surrounding two acres of enclosed gardens retain all of their original charm, sympathetically restored by the current owners to cater for the most discerning family or group of celebratory friends.

Art History Mystery

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10 May 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture

Art History Mystery

Everyone loves a good art history mystery. From the back streets of Nice to the international art auction houses of Paris, here’s a story concerning a small painting, puchased for almost nothing that sold for a huge amount. But was it real ? And who stole it ?

Le Grand Verger

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09 May 2021  |  Nicky Marson  |  Holidays

A maison that blends seamlessly into the rural ambiance of Gascon countryside

Settled at the apex of an orchard and surrounded by the many fruit trees of Le Grand Verger la maison blends seamlessly into the rural ambiance of the Gascon countryside. Many have assumed this is the conversion of an original barn complex like those seen all around the beautiful verdant countryside of the Gers but it’s surprisingly a new build!

Maison Gagnerie

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09 May 2021  |  Christine Bayle  |  Holidays

Luxurious Longhouse in Pays de la Loire

Renovated longère, Maison Gagnerie is now a beautiful family holiday rental home. They used to sleep peasants, smallholders and livestock. Now this holiday rental country home sleeps a family of 6 in a beautifully renovated interior. A longère is a traditional rural building common to the Brittany region, but also found in Normandy, Aquitaine and the Loire.

Le Malardier

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08 May 2021  |  Richard French  |  Holidays

It is another glorious Malardier morning

Richard cycled by and checked the pool at first light as he does most mornings. Without waking a soul this ex-adman living in the sun is the best of hosts, never seen or heard but available if needed. By 7.30, the sun is well up and the house begins to rise. Adults for a quick pre-breakfast dip, teenagers sleep off a long late night. This morning we lay the table on the terrace outside the drawing room overlooking a distant valley populated by miniature cows and tiny farmhouses. They look as it they have been sleeping in the sun for hundreds of years, as indeed they have.

Footix

08 May 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture, Tourism

The towns and posters of World Cup 1998

France first hosted The World Cup in 1938. The prestigious tournament returned to France in 1998 and the host nation triumphed in the final, winning 3-0 against Brazil. The games in the tournament were played at selected stadiums in 9 major cities. Can you name them ? Here they are, together with the unique posters made for each city. And don't forget 'Footix', the World Cup mascot...

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