Hopeful expectations fill our minds along with a few worries when we approach our vacation destination whether it is a rental home, or a camping spot. Our few days of escape from our everyday work and routine are usually planned with research on the internet and poring over brochures until we reach a decision to open our pocketbook, pack our suitcases and hit the road for fun and new experiences.
Our first rental cottage stay began a couple of weeks ago on the site of the larger home that created so much love and warmth in my heart ten years ago. It felt like home to us already, although we had never entered the smaller cottage. I wasn’t sure it would work for a long stay, but to my surprise I believe we could be comfortable there for much longer than I had arranged, especially since the owner is making improvements with no impact to its charm and character.
We packed and moved on Saturday to our next rental house for the month of May in Crouzilles, a true French village with not a sign of tourists. The green gate to La Maison Perrotin on Rue de la Maison Sainte was open to a driveway lined with purple irises, espaliered pear trees and other shrubbery with yellow and purple flowers along a stone cottage. I held my breath hoping the home was just as lovely. The garden was filled with roses, fruit trees, a kitchen garden with fresh herbs for our use, and my heartthrob flower – peonies! Peonies are not blooming yet, but fat buds are bulging and ready to burst open. I may finish my vacation sitting beside them in admiration. Tiny touches of character appeared around the garden such as little statues and benches. Three seating areas with bistro chairs were scattered in shade and sun. I could imagine and almost see our grandson Daniel when he is older enjoying the thrill of swinging high into the air on the children’s swing set.
Florent and Juanella (I hope I spelled the names correctly) welcomed us with a bottle of wine from our village Crouzilles from Earl Charbonnier Christian, in the center of the town (children played in their courtyard today as we walked past later). Juanella had a pretty gift package with fig preserves that she had prepared and tiny sachets of herbs and lavender from the garden. Such a kind and welcoming reception! Inside we found a living room with a tall ceiling and massive beams overhead. A comfortable leather sofa faced a Godin wood burning heater, ready to light with the wood stacked inside perfectly; central heating is also in the home. The wide-screen television was set to play music and jazz filled the room. I mentally did a Bill Cosby dance from an old television episode; at least my sweater didn’t match his. Don’t mind me; I’m just giddy with excitement over this cute, sweet cottage.
The living room opened to the dining area with typical French chairs surrounding the table covered with a pretty tablecloth. A glass-fronted cabinet was filled with nice china and a teapot. An antique sewing machine from Juanella’s family was positioned at the window. Windows! Each room has abundant windows with gorgeous views.
Next the kitchen was one step up into a cozy, cute, functional area with coffee pot, electric kettle, microwave, counter top oven (on a wall shelf area) and a two-burner gas cook top. Juanella had bouquets of roses to welcome us and rosebuds by the beds. Water glasses were also on the nightstand; she must have heard about my hot flashes.
We spent a comfortable night in a bed with clean, beautiful linens. Tiny sachets of lavender were in the drawers, and all of the rooms were clean and naturally fragrant. Comfortable, charming, super-clean, and adorable are good tag lines for La Maison Perrotin.
After a comfortable night’s sleep and a nice breakfast, I had to hang our washing on the line to dry. I could imagine some tourist – like me – pushing a camera through the gate to take a picture of the quaint lady with the black leggings, white socks and a funky peach-colored hat with ribbon and flowers – hanging her laundry by the cute stone house with bright red roses and purple irises. Tourists!! Such a nosy bunch of folks.
You can find La Maison Perrotin on Homeaway. I know this seems like an advertisement, but it is only information I would like to share since this home is truly delightful. I will be happy to discuss if you have any questions. Don’t forget to leave a message. Now is the time for Alvin, Lena and Jintae to send us e-mails. Looking for other messages also. Hope to hear from you. What do you think of this cottage?