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Abandoned Normandy; a cottage by La Varenne

La Varenne river winds through the high cliffs and low fields in the Orne, Normandy. To find one little cottage that may no longer exist along it’s 40km was a challenge that we accepted…

Hidden cottage in the valley of La Varenne river.

And won.

Abandoned cottage in the Orne Normandy by La Varenne

Uncared for, unkempt.

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Easily missed in the undergrowth, sturdy cottage steps took us up to the front door.

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Lockless, paint peeling, the door stood ajar.  Inside shafts of dusty sunlight revealed desolation.

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Panels and doors leaning against walls and heaps of tiles on the floor are all that remain of an abandoned attempt at renovation.

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Thick walls nearly two ft. deep would have kept out the harshest Normandy winters.

Daylight barely penetrates windows obscured by years of neglected plants forcing their way ever closer to the house, windows that once framed views of La Varenne river.

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Remnants of lace curtains are neatly tied with satin bows by a long forgotten owner.

Bright carpet on the stairs and layers of peeling wallpaper reveal the vibrant personalities of previous owners.

Bright carpet on the stairs and layers of peeling wallpaper reveal the vibrant personalities of previous inhabitants.

Up the stairs

Upstairs the bones of the building are revealed.

Here the bones of the building are laid bare.

Wisteria in the old garden

A fireplace hangs precariously on ancient joists.

Has the neglect gone on for too long? Could the cottage be renovated?

Has the neglect gone on for too long? Could the cottage be renovated?

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A stone cottage abandoned, neglected, near ruin.  In our dreams we take on this extreme restoration project and breath life into an old home to live, hidden by the trees, by the prettiest Normandy river.

Wisteria in the old garden
Wisteria in the old garden

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2 thoughts on “Abandoned Normandy; a cottage by La Varenne

  1. What a lovely cottage. I am stunned at the fact that you actually found it! I wish you had given more details of the search… And how did you resist those lace curtains? Near where we live there is a beautiful house, not that old or damaged but falling apart nevertheless. It breaks my heart every time I see it. Thank you for sharing this lovely story.

    1. PS: I got to your page when looking for historical accounts of Gabriel de Montgommery, while finishing “Les Deux Diane” by Dumas.

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