Sunday, December 28, 2014

French Vintage finds and a dream French home!

 A French home in France and a French Vintage Store to turn your home into a 'Chateaux' too

L’Apartment ~ L’Escapadou ~ L'Echoppe
An Australian journey into France

Australian/French couple Claire and Thibaud journey to France, buy a home, re-invent, renovate and relocate.

 INTRODUCING their 13th Century Medieval ‘Residence L’Escapadou’ to Australian travellers, located in Cordes-Sur-Ciel, winner of France’s most beautiful village 2014 (France Tourism Bureau) &
 their French Vintage Online store, for those who wish to turn their home into a rustic French ‘chateaux’ of their own:

L'Escapadou is our NEW home in France as featured on our French website HERE
Here is a little bit about our home owners...

We purchased our house in 2007, having only seen it online. We asked a friend to look at it for us and not long after the house was ours. We knew the village, as Thibaud is from the town Albi, 25km away so choosing this area gave us a home away from home, close to friends and family.

There are many beautiful villages in the Tar region, but Cordes sur ciel, voted Frances most preferred village in 2014, is particularly beautiful, as well as being a very practical village, with supermarkets, butchers, banks and the all-important Saturday market.

We spent our first extended holiday in the home in 2008, with 2 small children in toe, and began making plans to restore the original building and to extend. The process took 2 years, with our holidays becoming more like episodes of grand designs, but it was great to see the house restored and extended to allow us to invite family and friends from Australia to share our experiences.

We share a passion for hunting flea markets for vintage finds, so the home is filled with authentic pieces. Many holiday rentals lack personality and charm. Our house is unique and feedback is always positive with an emphasis on the beauty of the house matched with its practicality. The renovated area includes an open kitchen and living area so preparing meals as a group is enjoyed and the views are breathtaking and always difficult to leave behind. But we cannot live in France full time, we love to share our home with like-minded people who appreciate something just that bit more personable than your average holiday rental.

As Interior stylists we bring back pieces from the Tarn region and have created a business in Melbourne showing/selling our vintage finds that are also sold online here:

ABOUT LeChoppe Vintage Shop:
Lechoppe is a small pop up shop and showroom, a treasure trove of items hand picked from flea markets in France and available for a fleeting moment in the St Kilda East space. The collection ranges from small items to furniture selected for their character and charm. 

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