IF YOU LIKED THE BOOK, you’ll love Maison Blanche, the house belonging to our friends Susan and David Stuart. Few people know it’s available to rent in the summers. Fair warning, though: One visit to Maison Blanche may convince you that a house in rural France is the only thing missing from your life. It did for us. Within months we had bought one of our own a few miles away, and the rest is history—or at least our history. (Read the chapter “Ah, the Country Life” from Beginning French.)
This Stuarts’ house lies in Puysserampion, a hamlet not far from the lively market towns of Eymet and Duras. It features three spacious bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a separate reading room, and a lovely sitting room. The eat-in kitchen is classic “farmhouse chic” with modern appliances and a view over the fields. The kitchen connects with a covered terrace for dining outdoors on warm afternoons or long summer evenings.
Feel like fresh croissants in the morning? Head to the little village of Allemans-du-Dropt, only three minutes away. It has a bakery, grocery store, restaurant, hotel bar, and café. In fact, there are charming villages all around this area.
Maison Blanche sleeps six comfortably, with an extra single bed in a fourth smaller bedroom—perfect for a child. It’s only a 40-minute drive through the vineyards from the Bergerac airport. But a million miles from hectic pace of everyday life. Did we mention the sparkling blue pool?
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