Villa Valentine
Fronthouse 'La maison de Valentine'
Villa Valentine Villa Valentine is a so-called 'longere', a longhouse (25 meters long) dating from around 1850. It was named after the first inhabitants, farmer and wife Valentin and Valentine and the village Villapourcon to which the hamlet where it lies belongs.
It consists of two parts: at the front was the farmhouse where Valentine used to live, at the back the barn and the stables where the animals were kept. Both houses have their own private terraces and a separate piece of garden. They can be hired separately (minimum stay is one week).
The front house we call 'La Maison de Valentine'. The old farmhouse is a charming ,simple and authentic place, where the farmer and his wife used to live .It has been respectfully renovated, bringing facilities up to date, while keeping its old rustic charm.
The barn and stables have been converted into a beautiful barn conversion which has a lovely covered veranda of more than twenty square meters. Here you have breathtaking views of the valley, the skies and the green hills. That is why we call it ' Le Balcon du Ciel', meaning 'The Balcony of Heaven', after a poem by the French poet Baudelaire. Truly a place to let your mind run freely and relax.

'La maison de Valentine'

You enter Valentine's old farmhouse at the front through the blue wooden door, and come straight into the cosy kitchen /diner, with wooden beamed ceiling, old French terracotta tiled floor, wooden dining table and old kitchen stove. There are modern facilities such as dishwasher, washing machine, fridge, gas oven and a Belfast sink. Through the kitchen you walk into the living room, also with French ceiling, big wooden beams and terracotta floor. The living room has a wood stove /logburner that can be used for a fire in the evening, two comfortable sofa's, a round wooden table with two chairs and an antique French bed for a daytime nap. In the corner you find the bathroom with bath/shower, wash basin and a toilet. The stairs in the living room lead up to the master bedroom in the attic, with original oak boams and two velux windows, a make-up table and a cupboard. The double bed is two meters long by one meter sixty wide.

From the kitchen the stairs lead up to the second bedroom in the attic with two single beds (two meters long by ninety centimeters wide). There is a small low door connecting the two bedrooms which could be convenient for people with small children. There is a baby bed that can be placed in one of the bedrooms.

Access garden: from the living room a door leads to a stone staircase taking you down to the secluded courtyard (cour interieure) and the garden. There is garden furniture: a hard wooden table and four chairs and a large umbrella for some shade. Apart from the courtyard there is also a sun terrace with two wooden deckchairs to relax in and look at the views of the garden and the hillside beyond. From this terrace you step down to the garden with a lawn, some fruit trees and a pond.



Surroundings

Near Villapourcon is a small farmer hamlet with some twenty five houses and barns. The houses in the hamlet are built in natural stone (in French called 'pierres apparentes'). The village lies on a hill on the edge of a forest at an altitude of approximately five hundred meters. A perfect environment for long walks and cow watching! Or just lie in the hammock in the garden and do nothing.