Our property includes roughly 1.5 acres of land on which there are apple, peach, cherry, walnut, hazelnut, and other bearing trees. Structures on the property date from the 18th and 19th Centuries. The house, the covered well, and the two-level stone barn form the sides of a private courtyard that is quiet and peaceful. There is also a working outdoor bread oven next to the house, with a Secadou, or "drying shed,'' attached.

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The house is really two of the region's typical farmhouses contiguous to one another, on two different levels. The old part, the maison-mère, is 18th Century. The newer part is 19th Century.

Downstairs there is one large room on two levels. There is a dining table, a walk-in fireplace and a sitting area near a large window looking onto the courtyard. There is a full bathroom, in which we keep the clothes washer and dryer. There is also a kitchen downstairs. The kitchen is in the old souillard, separated from the main room by a brick-and-timber bar. It has a four-burner Godin stove and oven, a double sink, and a full-size refrigerator and a dishwasher. There are pots, pans, and all necessary cooking utensils.

Upstairs there are two bedrooms and a smaller full bathroom. Each bedroom has its own large sky-light for air and light. One room has two single beds and a little dormer for extra light and air. One room has a queen-size bed. Instead, there is a small armoire.

To get upstairs, you pass through the downstairs of the maison-mère. That consists of one large room with another walk-in fireplace. There are French doors out to a patio under the apple and walnut trees, and there is a loft overhead just beneath the intricate wooden charpente that support the massive stone lauzes roof. There are also two caves in the house. The largest is used for storing wine and the smaller one houses tools and supplies.

Visiting Nadal