The French Country House
by Lynn McBrideFrance Magazine Contributing Editor, Veteran French Regional Editor for Traditional Home Magazine
When you’ve worked as a magazine editor, touring beautiful homes and gardens every day, it’s easy to become obsessed with houses and design. I’m (sort of) retired now and we live in Burgundy, but the passion continues. Here in the French wine country we are all mad for the really old stone houses that are the architectural soul of this region. Expats, especially, are always seeking that perfect house with character that has a view of the lovely Burgundy countryside, in a charming village setting, and maybe even with a pigeonnier, those fashionable little dovecotes that are often attached to the houses here.
Come along on a tour of one French country house that ticks all the dream boxes. This house is in a perched village near the medieval town of Cluny, between Beaune and Lyon.
The house sits across from an 11th century church on the crest of a hill and is only a couple of centuries younger than the church. A barn, added in the 18th century and attached to the house, became the spiffy new living room and kitchen during the extensive renovation.
From the rear terrace there are sweeping views of the valley. And, of course,there is a pigeonnier, which is now a small boudoir, or sitting room, for one of the bedrooms. Sweet daydreams, Francophiles!