Just across from our hillside is the wonderful property which used to belong to French poet Alfred de Vigny in the early 19th century. This medieval manoir was his retreat where he wrote some of his finest work in the wood-panelled room at the top of the stone tower and where he pottered about in his vineyards producing some highly respectable cognac in his leisure time (for a glimpse of the room as it might have been, you can visit my post Five Photos Five Stories #3 – the photo is the tower room) . It has to be said that not that many people outside France know of de Vigny or his work but here he is celebrated as a fine poet of the Romantic school and our tiny village is very proud to be named after him.
Our neighbours the Durand family, still produce the most excellent cognac and fine pineau and have restored part of the original house as a small museum to the life and work of de Vigny. The door in my post for this week’s Thursday Doors hosted by Norm (thanks Norm!) is the door to the tower and the old house. I have also included a photo of the wonderful door knocker………………
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