We bought the property, classified as a ruin, in 1988. The property was in a rough state but had been lived in previously and had electricity, mains water and telephone lines close by. Christmas 1995 my husband, a builder, myself and our two children aged 6 and 9 years went out to France to renovate the property. We were there for ten months, staying close by in a flat for 3 months, in a caravan for seven weeks, then in the house as renovation continued. A detailed diary of these months and photographs can be found at the property. The children went to the local French primary school which became a unique episode in their education.


La Couronne meaning "the crown", our choice, is a modest stone house in an area of natural beauty and farmland. It is surrounded on all sides by the estates of 5 chateaux and manors just 5 km from the bastide of Monflanquin. Chateau de Roquefere is the largest and most prominent, on a hill overlooking the valley of the Lede and the road leading to Roquefere, Martel, La Couronne and Laroque below. Martel has been in the same french family for 400 years and is passed on the right hand side. Laroque, Pautard, Bennet and another large recently renovated property are all owned by the relatives of the owners of Laroque and are found beyond La Couronne.


The property is set in approximately 8 acres of privately owned fields and woodland with an area that is put down to lawn with post and rail fencing and a kissing gate leading to the field and wood beyond.

There is a large hardstanding area behind the house in the shade for parking and entry to the utility room. There is also off-road parking for anyone needing a level entry to the house.