Thursday Doors – French Cottage Door and a Vine Tunnel

We have a friend in the village who has one of the prettiest gardens I have ever seen.  Filled with box and privet hedges, roses, stone walls, an old well and a chestnut tree, the garden is a perfect example of the romantic garden, always green and beautiful in every season.  The house is a traditional Charentaise village house, built of local limestone of course and has the distinction of being the only house I have ever seen with a tunnel of old flowering vines leading from near the entrance gates almost to the front door.

I think it is probably too low to walk through these days as the vine has grown and thickened over the decades but it is very inviting and I thought it would make a nice contribution to this week’s Thursday Doors (thanks as always to Norm for hosting this excellent challenge) …….

Martine's Front Door

Martine's Door 4

Martine's Door to the gate

Martine's Garden

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45 Comments Add yours

  1. Timothy Price says:

    What a nice place.

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    1. Hi Timothy, yes it really is a lovely garden, especially in the summertime.

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  2. Olga says:

    Such a lovely image of the vine tunnel leading to the door. You’re right about it inviting the observer to do a walk through.

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    1. Thank you Olga! It is a delightful feature, you often find the dog asleep in there during the summer!

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      1. Olga says:

        I did notice the dog in a photo. Cute!

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  3. that is simply perfect. who could imagine a better entrance to a home

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    1. Hello Radicalrambler – it is rather unusual isn’t it and a really delightful place!

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  4. Sue says:

    What a delightful place – very ‘Secret Garden’ with that vine tunnel!

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    1. HIya Sue! Yes it really is an enchanting garden – much of it planted by our friend’s father many moons ago! There’s a walnut tree to sit under for al fresco lunches too! PS Hope you’re enjoying your new home?!

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      1. Sue says:

        Love the idea of the walnut tree…. And I’m enjoying my new place, thanks! Still a lot of tidying away to do, but it’s gradually taking shape!

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      2. Reckon that’s half the fun of moving home all the sorting out and getting creative!

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      3. Sue says:

        Hmm, maybe….

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      4. Sue says:

        Good when I was clearing the house, different story when unpacking!

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  5. Wonderful – a place where stories begin and end.

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    1. You’re right Robin, it has something of the fairytale cottage about it – a French fairytale of course!

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  6. I love organic tunnels…as well as doors. Beautiful, Jane.

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    1. Cheers Sarah, I think I’d have spent my entire life in there if it had been my house as a child!

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  7. Beautiful door, interesting vine and handsome well. You caught it all. 🙂

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  8. Lucky friend 🙂 Lucky you that you get to enjoy it too! Just beautiful, Jane.

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    1. Many thanks Stacy! I wish my garden were like this – ah well we can dream!! 🙂

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  9. As I’m a bit late to the comment parade, I see that all the good comments have already been taken. 🙂 This is a lovely set of photos of a wonderful, inviting place and I love what they did with the well.

    janet

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    1. Hi Janet – it’s never too late for your comments! Glad you like the pics – it really is a lovely garden – I shall have to share all the other pics at some point!

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      1. Please do, I’d love to see them. I like the way the various regions of France has their own distinctive types of houses.

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      2. Watch this space as they say Janet!

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  10. Norm 2.0 says:

    Lovely. Just need to find some room for my hammock and I’ll be right over 😉

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    1. Should fit just under the walnut tree I think Norm! See you later!

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  11. Beautywhizz says:

    Beautiful, I like the well.

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    1. Thanks Beautywhizz – it is a lovely garden!

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  12. Pat says:

    Beautiful view of the entrance arch and this plant !! the well is very beautiful, rustic! I also like Charente maritime

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    1. Thank you Pat – it is a lovely place and the Charente is a beautiful region – should say both Charentes are beautiful if very different!

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  13. svtakeiteasy says:

    Such an inviting entrance, full if charm and nostalgia. This is what I miss from my homeland.

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    1. Ca je comprends bien Chris, mais je trouve que chaque pays a sa beauté particulière, ici en Charente pour moi, c’est la pierre et les vignes! Glad you like it and hope you are OK, as OK as possible anyway 🙂

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      1. svtakeiteasy says:

        Merci Jane des mots en français. Cela fait plaisir. As OK as can be… Time seems to slow right down when you feel sad, but I am gradually getting back into things I enjoy.
        By the way I visited your art card site. Superb… I love your gentle artful style.

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      2. Merci Chris! I’m so pleased you liked my card site, just about to put lots of new things on it – difficult to keep up with things sometimes. Glad you’re getting back to things you enjoy, I’m sure your photography must help, creativity is the best therapy I believe, is proving so for me at least. Take care and à bientôt!

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  14. Hi Jane, you open my mind n my eyes, before I maynot believe if place like this is real today, not only in film scene/kid story book e.g. beautifully illustrated Martine. Its too beautiful n delicate to be real.

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    1. Hi idlehomemaker, I’m glad you like this garden, it does have a fairytale quality about it, it belongs to another much slower and simpler world!

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  15. kazg10 says:

    Oh it is gorgeous Jane, just a perfect garden and that door! 🙂

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    1. So pretty isn’t it Kaz – wish mine looked like this! I have more of a semi-controlled wilderness than a garden! 🙂

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