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The family of five discovered

the area through holidaying there.

"We bought it as a place to unwind

from our high-pressure jobs - we

both run businesses and it has

been bliss to spend the summer

holidays here," says Samantha,

whose children are now 14, 18 and

21. "After the six-hour drive down

from Eurotunnel it was a place

where we could instantly relax."

With a neutral, calming palette

throughout using natural materials

and textures it is easy to see why.

After some structural shoring up

and re-roofing, the stone walls were

restored and sealed, and the darkwood

beams white-washed. Used

throughout is the Little Greene

Paint Company's Dark Lead, with

gentle greens. "I like neutral shades

with a dash of drama," she says of

the touches of black, the copper

taps that the builder made for the

bathroom, or the large pendant

lamps in the kitchen.

The furnishings complement

the feeling of laid-back elegance,

with vintage pieces carefully

curated from brocantes, videgreniers

(car boot sales), Le Bon Coin

(French e-bay) or brought over from

the UK. The beds came from mailorder

companies Loaf, La Redoute

and Feather & Black. "I had great

fun finding vintage mirrors and

How to renovate

remotely

* Get quotes for everything.

Ensure you know that everything you

expect is included in

quoted prices

* Employ a French-speaking

project manager on site to deal

with the builders

* Use French artisans to keep

the locals on your side

* Virtual tours, FaceTime chats

and emails make it much easier

than 10 years ago

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