NO 28 Antiques A New Venture 2017
“There is a connectedness with our past when we view and touch old pieces that have been used or treasured by another”.
NO 28 is the tangible result of a spent dream…to live in France.
In my early 60s I revisited the area of the Luberon National Park with the thought of buying a property. It was winter and there were a number of beautiful houses on the market all with a history. One had been an oil press another a 17c. hospital. But most were not within my budget.
A few years later I bought an old stone house in a village square next to an 11thc. Church. It had once been the village boulangerie with lots of windows to light the rooms, beautiful tiled floors and oak beamed walls and ceilings. However it had not been lived in for some years and was in need of restoration. Replacing windows in keeping with the age of the house, a few walls removed to enlarge rooms and some parquet flooring was a definite tax on my French. That completed, the fun of painting and decorating began.
Most villages in France have brocante markets in Spring and Summer. My area was east to Bergerac, west to Sarlat, north to Monignac and south to Eymet. I would leave early and return with all kinds of French furniture and furnishings to fill a French home. An occasional flight from Bergerac to Southampton brought temptation in Sussex, a few pieces of elegant Georgian furniture, bureau chests and side tables.
2017 a barn has been completed in Mangawhai to house objects no longer required in a Dordogne home. So if you have space for something beautiful or just enjoy looking make contact by phone (02108594167) or email ( email@example.com ).