In 2006, we bought a grant old stone maison de maitre in the village of Le Puy Notre Dame in the Loire Valley of France. Six years later we have begun to write about our experience renovating this 15-19th century home and living in our new French community. Until recently, we have been just too busy to write. You may see some of what we have done with our time on our real estate website http://loirechateau.wordpress.com
We have been fortunate to choose our village. We have been welcomed by wonderful French friends, and many other friends who live nearby from throughout the world.
Le Puy Notre Dame is a working village where wine has been produced commercially for over a thousand years. We recently received a sub-appellation of Saumur-Le Puy Notre Dame reflecting the unique effect of the chalky soil caused by an ancient limestone sea bed.
The religious history of the village is apparent with the collegiale church and other historic buildings (including our home). The rich history and culture of the area has been endlessly fascinating. We have yet to visit a majority of the countless chateau in the area. We are frequently surprised to discover a new village, building, wine, restaurant or other cultural phenomena.
We hope to convey some of our experience in this blog. Always feel free to contact us. We love talking about France.
Beth Parkhill and Bob Corrick
Le Puy Notre Dame and Minneapolis, Minnesota