Honeysuckle Cottage

image from: http://www.honeysucklecottageaude.co.uk/

image from: http://www.honeysucklecottageaude.co.uk/

Today I am featuring historic Honeysuckle Cottage in southern France.

Honeysuckle Cottage is a vacation rental and a dream come true for UK expats Sue and Paul Brooke. They took early retirement when they bought this holiday guest cottage and now live in the cottage next door which is named Rose Cottage.

The two houses share a garden courtyard that is lush with cherry blossoms, Jasmine, Virginia creeper, and of course, honeysuckle.

image from: http://www.honeysucklecottageaude.co.uk/

image from: http://www.honeysucklecottageaude.co.uk/

We found it all by chance and it was a very impulsive buy as we were just on holiday in this beautiful area at the time.

– Sue Brooke

(Sound a little reminiscent of Frances Mayes in Under the Tuscan Sun who bought her dream house while on vacation in Tuscany!)

Paul and Sue’s cottages are located on the southern edge of the quaint the medieval village of Alaigne. The conjoined cottages feature abundant views of the rolling French countryside:

image from: http://www.honeysucklecottageaude.co.uk/

image from: http://www.honeysucklecottageaude.co.uk/

The couple have lived in this sun-kissed region for nearly four years now, hosting guests from around the world.
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image from: http://www.honeysucklecottageaude.co.uk/

The cottages date back to the year 1870. According to Sue, three generations of previous owners are still living in the area.
Have a look inside…
image from: http://www.honeysucklecottageaude.co.uk/

image from: http://www.honeysucklecottageaude.co.uk/

Honeysuckle Cottage features cozy country décor with tiled and wooden floors and beamed ceilings. The hosts have also thoughtfully provided bookcases full of books for their guests which include regional literature.
image from: http://www.honeysucklecottageaude.co.uk/

image from: http://www.honeysucklecottageaude.co.uk/

Each quaintly shuttered window features views of vineyards and rolling fields of sunflowers…
image from: http://www.honeysucklecottageaude.co.uk/

image from: http://www.honeysucklecottageaude.co.uk/

Honeysuckle Cottage has one bedroom and bathroom, both of which are tucked onto the upper floor:

image from: http://www.honeysucklecottageaude.co.uk/

image from: http://www.honeysucklecottageaude.co.uk/

So how do Paul and Sue feel now that they have been living their dream in southern France for 4 years? (Are they experiencing any of the “buyer’s remorse” that Frances Mayes suffered from in Under the Tuscan Sun?)
Nope.
Best decision we have made as just a year later we moved here lock stock and barrel and are having a wonderful time.
The region is mostly a sleepy place, but imagine how it comes alive with tourists when the Tour De France goes through in the summertime!
image from: http://www.honeysucklecottageaude.co.uk/

image from: http://www.honeysucklecottageaude.co.uk/

According to Sue, the locals are hospitable and friendly and will take the time to teach you French if you help them with their English.
image from: http://www.honeysucklecottageaude.co.uk/

image from: http://www.honeysucklecottageaude.co.uk/

Looking for a unique vacation spot? Honeysuckle Cottage provides a historic, romantic atmosphere within walking distance of French cafes and rolling fields of sunflowers…

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image from: http://www.honeysucklecottageaude.co.uk/

image from: http://www.honeysucklecottageaude.co.uk/

Special thanks to cottage owner Sue Brooke for allowing me to share the story of her beloved Honeysuckle Cottage.
For more information and further images, please see the cottage website.

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