Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Preparing for my tablescape tomorrow night, which features a transferware pattern depicting a French Manor I did a bit of research and came across some beautiful French Chateau's and Manor's.
In France, the terms chateau or manoir are often used synonymously to describe a French manor-house.
Although not typically built with strong fortifications as were castles, many manor-houses were partly fortified: they were often enclosed within walls and included various outbuildings.
This particular manner was rebuilt in the 18th Century. The pepperpot towers framing the pediment were added in the 19th Century.
I love these rooms of the home. In fact, this is kind of my dream interior. I'd decorate differently and not so sparsely. I think my needlepoint rugs, traditional Old World furnishings and of course my English transferware would fit right in. Oh, to dream.
One of the outbuildings on this property is the barn, whose originations have been dated to the 15th Century. Don't you love those arched doors? I'd be happy just to have the barn to renovate into a home. An old church would suit me fine to. My Mom went to high school and college with a man who bought a barn and renovated it into his home. Everyone thought this to be strange since it was not common 35-40 some odd years ago to move into a barn or church. You may have heard of him, his name is Charles Faudree.
This Manor is in need of restoration, oh but what potential it offers. It origins date to the 16th Century.
The property is enclosed by a large stone wall and the house can be seen through the gate.
Close up of the front door. Charming.
Now you cannot say you've never seen a clothes line strung across a living room.
I love the beams, wood ceiling and the stucco walls.
Would this room not be beautiful fully restored to its original state and used as a study or den?
Another room in this house I'd love to get my hands on...
I hope noone really sleeps here.
I like the beams here to.
Another lovely Manor Home
Look at the mossy steps leading to the front door.
A side view
The back of the house...see the lanterns hanging in the tree?
More lovely, French facades
I love the roof!
All of the properties above are in France, and they are all for sale.