Honeysuckle Cottageis 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.
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:
The couple have lived in this sun-kissed region for nearly four years now, hosting guests from around the world.
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…
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.
Each quaintly shuttered window features views of vineyards and rolling fields of sunflowers…
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?)
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!
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.
Looking for a unique vacation spot? Honeysuckle Cottage provides a historic, romantic atmosphere within walking distance of French cafes and rolling fields of sunflowers…
Special thanks to cottage owner Sue Brooke for allowing me to share the story of her beloved Honeysuckle Cottage.