Posted by SWEETPEAINFRANCE on Wednesday, April 7, 2010
We found this delightful small town of Angles sur l'Anglin in 2003We were on a French house hunting mission for Captain Sensible in Easter 2003. We had already searched in Brittany, Poitou-Charentes, Limoges, Burgundy and countless other departments but never further south than Cognac. On one occasion when CS was here in France looking near Cognac and sleeping in his VW Golf, while I was slaving in the classroom, I did, for me, a very daring thing. I left school as the bell rang, raced to the airport and flew into La Rochelle for a memory filled romantic weekend. I remember we stayed in a Maison de Maitre with a beautiful dining room and while we were enjoying a superb home cooked meal two small children suddenly appeared in the doorway having been encouraged by their Maman to come and say Bonjour, I think it was at that point I connected to France and it's culture. The dining room had an amazingly ancient, dark rich-red, tasselled lampshade to die for and at the top of the stairway I had to circumnavigate the hide of a large animal prostrate on the superbly polished oak floor.
Months later we were travelling south from my cousin’s house in Brittany where Captain Sensible had been helping to renovate her 'maison secondaire'. I had flown over once the school term had ended. It was Easter Monday and we had left much later than anticipated, so by early evening we had not got very far and it became necessary to find a hotel. We stopped in Chauvigny and next morning set out to look round this ancient Medieval town. We liked the landscape and a French market day always provides a ‘bon homie’ factor so we explored the town and it's medieval buildings.
After lunch whilst wandering and window shopping we came upon an Estate Agent's office and headed in! As a result we looked at properties in Le Blanc, Montmorillon, Le Grand Pressigny, Chatellerault as well as Angles-sur-L’Anglin all of which were temptingly too ruined, too large, or too expensive.
We looked at a small converted stable. At that time we were simply looking for a Maison Secondaire. However, it was just as well that we never bought it because 6 months later we were living permanently in France.
We can highly recommend you visit and explore Angles sur Anglin.