My brother and some friends purchased an old farmhouse complex in Southern France several years ago. They have divided it into condominiums and rent it out when not enjoying it themselves. This French country kitchen is, of course, our favorite place to be! Note the charming centuries old curved doors and two foot thick stone walls.
The old wood beams of the farmhouse have been left exposed, but the kitchen has every modern convenience with a lovely farmhouse sink and a dishwasher, of course.
There is decorative tile throughout the kitchen with accent tiles of olive branches -- we're in southern France, of course!
The focal point of the kitchen is the fabulous Lacanche range made in the Burgundy region of France. The Lacanche Ironworks was founded in the 18th century. They have been making the high-performance gas ranges since 1987.
We serve dinner in the old barn on a huge country table with benches. It is also the site of wedding receptions and seminars when rented out.
The loft above the dining table shows the exposed ceiling and beams of the old farmhouse. It is perfect for parties. We are already looking forward to celebrating my brothers' birthdays there in April!
Maria & Dieter
We are a German couple living near the romantic Rhine valley and the cities of Cologne and Bonn in Germany. Three years ago we met Susan through the internet and have become great friends. We have so much in common and share a passion for antiques, good food and traveling, that it is fun to meet and do things together. Over the last 3 years we have met Susan and her sister Eileen in Paris, Germany and the USA. We are already planning our next trips to Provence and Prague and Dieter and I feel honored to provide photos, comments, reports and recipes from Europe to Susan and Eileen's blog.