Saturday, October 27, 2007

Inside the Chateau de Nans.

From the reception area, climbing to the top of the stairs, you enter a large sitting room on the second floor from off of which all five guest rooms are entered. This room is very comfortable and tastefully decorated, inviting one to relax, read, write, and/or play games.

When we travel to France our plan is to spend the first week soaking up the razzle dazzle sparkling city of Paris with it's sidewalk cafes and museums and all the other amenities associated with the City of Light. We seek out the quiet spaces also, to escape from the cacophony that is an intregal part of the city. Because, after all, this is a vacation; time to sleep in, leisurely enjoy the city and still take time to sip coffee, and wine and read, take photos, write postcards and really, just do what comes to mind at the moment. Taking time to enjoy a leisurely meal with friends also ranks high on th list of priorities.

Always in the past, the second week is spent in the rural areas of France; Southwest heretofore, and this time in the southeast. We look for chateau B&B's in isolated and rustic locations. This allows us the time to take a slower approach to life, stop to smell the roses, and indulge ourselves of favorite pass times that too often get put aside in the regular tedium of job and household chores of regular life. We spend a lot of time reading, writing, sleeping, bathing, eating, sipping, and some occasional sight seeing.

This post is about the places, inside and out, where we indulged ourselves of spirit renewing activities. Taking a laid back, enjoyment of each day as it presented itself, attitude.

Not only did we spend time in this sitting room reading and writing it also served us well as a picnic venue. The stairs just visible on the right and more so in the following picture leads to a suit on the top floor that is the quarters of the manager and her family.

If you walk down the left side pictured here, past the stairs, there will be a door on the right, unseen here, that enters our room.

The room, more of a suite than a room really, has a large entry/sitting room of it's own. Off from which you have a bedroom in the turret, an open spacious, sumptuous marble bath area. There is a separate room for the toilet, and enough closet space for a family of four easily.

rel passing the time in a common manner.....

D. admires numerous and varied antiques and collectables.

Inside the suite, looking back to the entry door.

Looking to the front from the bath area. To the left and to the left again of the red suitcase is the water closet, (toilet). The door ajar on the right leads to the turret bedroom. The doors nearest are to some of the closet spaces. The entry is to the immediate left.

This is the bath/shower area. There is a bidet just behind the jut-out.

The boudoir with tele-vision and tele-phone.

Our guardian angel

To the right of the reception desk is the indoor dining area, through which you can enter the greenhouse dining room and the on out to the terrace dining area.

The chateau's Santon, found during renovation and restoration of the Chateau. You'll learn more about Santons in a future post.

Tomorrow (Sept. 23rd) we go flea marketing with Corey and Celebrate my birthday.

The Herb garden.
Warmed by the sun and protected from the Mistral, it is a super place for an early morning read.


Blogger Eleanor said...

C'est tres magnifique! Et mon dieu, la salle de bain - oooh la la!!!

Oui, je parle le francais. Un peu. :) I even know where to place the accents, but my keyboard doesn't. C'est la vie, n'est ce pas? :D

I've really enjoyed your holiday thus far, Rel. Probably not as much as you enjoyed it, but travelling vicariously is better than nothing. ;)

I'll keep this short and sweet as I need to go and mark up the walls at my own blog before people think I've abandoned it. I haven't - I just needed a break. I've been blogging for over five and a half years now, and the words well had been running a bit dry for the past while. We shall see if the break has replenished it sufficiently!

Hope you and your lovely wife are having a splendid weekend. Very belated birthday wishes to D, and a long distance pat on the back to your brave police officer son. What a family! :)

2:59 AM  
Blogger Hootin'Anni said...

I'm here from Pea's Corner....let me understand correctly---you're in France? Or have gone to France ---right?

Fantastic photos!!

AND---was your birthday yesterday? [My Dad's birthday was the 27th of October too]

Well, if so, then...happy belated birthday to you.

8:56 AM  
Blogger paris parfait said...

Lovely photos of a lovely idyllic place!

9:02 AM  
Blogger jellyhead said...

What an incredible place to stay - just gorgeous!

5:22 PM  
Blogger Churlita said...

How beautiful. Did you use the bidet? I've never used one before.

10:54 PM  
Anonymous gel said...

Very Belated Happy Bday to a fellow Virgo! I've never been to France, although I was once fluent and invited to go on a school trip there and wanted to, but it didn't happen. This is GORGEOUS. I hope your trip was everything you wanted it to be.

Stunning photos- ahhhhhh.
I feel relaxed reading your account of your vacation.

3:11 AM  
Anonymous tongue in cheek said...

Whenever I drive past Nans and the Chateau I think of you and Diane and blow you a kiss.

5:09 AM  
Blogger Mélanie said...

I love this place in Nans . Now as Corey , when I pass by the Chateau I will think of you

9:31 AM  
Blogger Elisabeth said...

This is way beyond great, Rel. I'd love to do something like that someday, but I am not sure whether or not I could ever afford it. Wonderful place! And a very happy belated birthday to you!

6:51 PM  

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