Monday, September 17, 2012

First Sight of "La Roseliere"

Marina and Pierre...pictured above...arrived at the Gite.  They had named it La Roseliere...Rose Garden.  They opened the heavy wooden gate and we saw it.  We immediately fell in love with what we saw!

This was a completely authentically restored french farm cottage that was built in the 1500's.  We were in awe of Marina and Pierre's abilities to do such a thing.  Pierre was an iron worker....a very artistic iron worker and all of the iron work at the cottage was by his own hands over a 5 year period.  Pierre was employed by Euro Disney to create iron work needed there.  Marina was from Russia...had visited France several years ago for the university...met Pierre, fell in love and never left.  They had two wonderful sons - Danille and Jean Marie.  Marina's artistic touch was evident inside and out...with the flowers, gardens, yard, cherry trees, lavender and perfect accents inside.

We lived in this fairly tale cottage for a week and will never forget the warm hospitality that they showed us.  Seriously, if any of the readers ever visit the Loire Valley in me and I will put you in contact with them to stay there.

The cottage was surrounded by quiet, flowing wheat fields which added to the charm of this once in a lifetime   chance for us.  More about Marina in another post but my next post will take you inside the cottage.



shabby girl said...

Oh my Lord! How many of these photos would have ended up on PPP! Gorgeous, Dan!
I'm so happy that you have done this trip! So good for your soul!

DawnTreader said...

Looks like you stepped right into a fairy tale there! :) Wonderful.

Dan Felstead said...

Shabby girl and Dawn Treader....thank you both for visiting! It was a journey I will never forget and after looking forward to it for almost 40 years and after a year of planning...I didn't have it idealized. I love France and the people...everyone was so nice to us...not once did we encounter a rude person...not once. Anyone that tells you that the French are sometimes arrogant or aloof...take it with a grain of salt. I really do miss PPP, I am so glad you posted about it...bought back so many good memories of a great site and in fact that is where I met most of you guys!


J Cosmo Newbery said...

Charming! In the nicest possible way.