Paul and Rita's Place in France


The Search
The Purchase
Moving In
February 2007
March 2007
April 2007
May 2007
June 2007
July - Oct 2007 home

We've really gone and done it now!

I've been interested in buying a place to do up for several years, and have even contemplated building a brand new place from scratch, a prospect that worried Rita no end.  But England has got so expensive for old barns and even a small bit of decent building land can cost a fortune, so we started looking at Europe.  

These pages are a brief account of our search for and purchase of our property at Le Vivier, near Tinchebray in Normandy, and our diary after we moved in.  It's an old farm with a house and several barns, built towards the end of the 18th century, around the time of the French revolution, set in a couple of acres of farmland.  It needs a lot of work to make it habitable, it hasn't been lived in for thirty years, there's a large amount of clutter accumulated over the years and there's no sign of a toilet, let alone a bathroom.  The main house does have a corrugated fibrous cement roof, which at least keeps out the rain, but the rooves on the barns are either in the process of falling in or already have.  

The plan is that I will be working on the buildings, probably for several years, and Rita will be working the land to feed us.  Simple really.  If anyone wants to come out and help, or just watch and laugh, you're more than welcome.  Accommodation may be limited to tents and possibly a caravan at first, but things can only get better! home