Thursday Doors – A Medieval Stone House

It’s been a week or three since I posted for Thursday Doors – Christmas being, fingers crossed, a busy time here for the boutique and work sometimes just has to take precedence –  but I’m surprised how much I’ve missed my regular postings and the Thursday Door community, so I thought I’d post a rather special door for this week’s contribution.

The building is an ancient ‘commanderie’, the dwelling of the old seigneur (lord of the manor) in the Middle Ages and also may have been a stopping place on one of the pilgrimage routes to Compostela.  Nowadays the old stone building is a beautiful family home which I had the pleasure of photographing some weeks ago at the end of the summer.  The door stands at the top of a flight of worn stone steps so it’s not possible to get a full front on view, so my shots show the ancient steps and views from the inside looking out to the sunny day beyond………….

Thanks as always to Norm Frampton for hosting this excellent challenge. Please click on the links to view more contributions.

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25 Comments Add yours

  1. Olga says:

    I enjoyed the very rustic quality of the ancient doorway. The shape of the door and the crooked steps are wonderful accents and speak of an age gone by. Merry Christmas, Jane.

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    1. Thank you Olga! A very Merry Christmas to you too!

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  2. Timothy Price says:

    I love your door photos. The rock work and old, worn steps are wonderful.

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    1. Cheers Timothy! It is a fascinating house, the walls in the oldest part are nearly a metre thick!

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  3. Gorgeous photographs, Jane. My favourite type of house – a stone one. That’s what I loved about France when we drove through the countryside, such beautiful old stone buildings and walls.

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  4. What an amazing looking home. Any idea of the year built?

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    1. Hi Carolyn, yes it is an amazing place full of history, the earliest part of the building dates from the 12th century with 15th and 16th century additions – hard to imagine isn’t it!

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  5. Norm 2.0 says:

    I’ve missed you too Jane – so glad you were able to find the ti,e to join us this week. Your posts always leave me with a desire to jump on a plane and go see these places for myself 🙂

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    1. Cheers Norm! It’s funny how you get attached to certain posting habits isn’t it?! I really have missed doing this one and if you ever catch that plane to visit France let me know, I can organise a good door tour!

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  6. Looks indeed medival. Great shots (as always)!

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  7. Exquisite, Jane! Such perfect captures for a door lover comme moi!

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    1. Hi Sarah! Thank you! I’m sure you’d love this house, it’s not that big but very dramatic, I could imagine Ivanhoe popping by for a quick joust in the garden! Haven’t had much time for WP this last month so hope you’re well and that your Christmas items are selling by the truckload! 😀 🙂

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  8. Truckload might be pushing it but better than previous years. 😀

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    1. Has to be good – onward and upward ! 😉

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  9. History + handsome door + amazing hardware = great entry. 🙂

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    1. Cheers Judy! Delighted you like it 🙂

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  10. So glad you’re back, Jane. I missed my glimpses of France. Oddly, I just sent a package to France this morning, to my s-i-l and b-i-l who used to live in Provence but are now in NE France in the Voges. Hope all’s well and your enjoyed (and getting done) your Christmas preparations. Have a ways to go here, yet. 🙂

    janet

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    1. How nice of you Janet! It’s funny but I’ve really missed my little blog chats and exchanges with everyone, Christmas preparations are done for the shop – even though French customers are very slow to start their shopping this year – and for the rest I’m working on it! The amazingly mild weather is very confusing! Hope you’re well and enjoying the run-up to festive season! 🙂

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  11. Beautywhizz says:

    Beautiful stone work and I like the uneven steps. And oh, the haze of summer days!

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    1. Glad you like it Beautywhizz, it is a beautiful building, and it’s certainly seen a few summers in its’ time – probably over a thousand of them!

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  12. Wonderful, Jane! Those worn steps!! Hundreds of years of people walking up and down them. I also love the soft lighting and coloring of these photos.

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    1. Many thanks indeed Debs! It would be wonderful to know even a fraction of the history of the place and just who all those footsteps belonged to!

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  13. Inger says:

    Wonderful! Love the sunlight coming in through the door.

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