“La Maison Perrotin” – by Debbie Ambrous

Streetview of La Maison Perrotin

Streetview of La Maison Perrotin – top window is our bedroom

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.

Entry area from the garden and courtyard

Entry area from the garden and courtyard – La Maison Perrotin

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. 

I think they are watching us.

I think they are watching us.

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! cr19 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.

"Push me higher, Grandeb!"

“Push me higher, Grandeb!”

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.

cr9The 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. 

Kitchen is larger than it appears in the picture and opens to an area with closet space, a washer and toilet room.  A small table with coffeemaker is not shown.

Kitchen is larger than it appears in the picture and opens to an area with closet space, a washer and toilet room. A small table with coffeemaker is not shown.

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. CR3Juanella 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.

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Door opens to a nice bathroom with deep bathtub and a closet with shelves for all of your bathroom necessities.

Door opens to a nice bathroom with deep bathtub and a closet with shelves for all of your bathroom necessities.

Downstairs bedroom - Two more bedrooms with either twin or single beds are upstairs along with our master bedroom with bathroom. The twin bedroom has white duvets and cute furnishings for children along with many storybooks.

Downstairs bedroom – Two more bedrooms with either twin or single beds are upstairs along with our master bedroom with bathroom. The twin bedroom has white duvets and cute furnishings for children along with many storybooks.

My new work desk.  Good internet connection here also.

My new work desk. Good internet connection here also.

After a comfortable night’s sleep and a nice breakfast, I had to hang our washing on the line to dry. cr17 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.

Warm up your crochet hooks.  The lovely lady owner crocheted the pretty window covering inside.

Warm up your crochet hooks. The lovely lady owner crocheted the pretty window covering shown inside this blue-shuttered window.

Downtown Crouzille - more pictures of the village and house later on Facebook

Downtown Crouzilles – more pictures of the village and house later on Facebook

cr23You can find La Maison Perrotin on Homeaway.  cr26 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?

10 thoughts on ““La Maison Perrotin” – by Debbie Ambrous

  1. I love this cottage! Everything about it!!!!!! Was’t that a baby’s high chair by the dinning room window? I see painted furniture is also popular there! Enjoyed your description of this lovely place.

    • Phyllis,
      You are observant. Yes, that is a sweet baby’s highchair in the corner, complete with tiny beads of different colors for baby to play with. Remember? Older highchairs and playpens had those on the sides, but everything is much more splashy now. This house would be great for a family with nice bedrooms for children and a sandbox outside with little chairs. Very cute!! You can see pride of ownership all through this lovely home. I believe it is value for money also. I hope they get lots of renters, but not when I want to come again – if possible. We went to a very enjoyable town today, and I hope to share it later. So nice to hear from you.

  2. Everything looks so beautiful and you two kids look like you’re having a wonderful time. Enjoy!

    • Audrey,
      The first place we stayed is in the midst of the best of the best. Like they say in real estate, it is “location .. location” and it is steeped in atmosphere. However, this cottage is only a few miles away from Saumur, Chinon and Richelieu. Vineyards and wine-tasting caves surround us. Either place is great! When you decide to come over, just send a message and I will be glad to talk it over with you.

  3. The place is lovely, and your description of it is simply amazing. Such attention to detail, both you and the homeowner! Enjoy my dear friends.

    • Lisette,
      The house seems like it was prepared for friends with care for their enjoyment and well-being. Jim is preparing breakfast now while I am writing this comment. We go to the boulangerie many days, but a few days here and there Jim will prepare scrambled eggs, sausage (very good sausage over here) and bake some baguettes prepared to go into the oven. We don’t know the true origin of French toast, but we have decided on our version. The baguettes get very hard within a day’s time, so when we have an accumulation of partial loaves Jim uses them to make French toast. Voila! Always so happy to hear from you. Give our love to your family.

    • Kristy,
      Thanks for sharing with your friends. I hope they click on over and take a look around. We are having a rainy day, perfect for catching up on messages and just plain taking it easy. I clipped a few roses between the raindrops and replaced faded bouquets. I noticed that we have more ripe strawberries, but I will save the enjoyment of picking those when the sun is shining. Take care. I’m always happy to hear from you.

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