Coin Perdu, our home in Puy d’Arnac

One day we started talking about getting  a small cabin in the mountains. We love the mountains.

One weekend, on the way back home to Tours from Toulouse, we  impulsively turned off into Donzenac, immediately fell in love with the area, arrived home and started our search for a little cabin in the mountains. In the end it didn’t turn out exactly the way we had in mind, but then,  it never does! It always turns out better. We found our house in Puy d’Arnac.


coin perdu in puy d'arnac

Plenty of work awaits us the next few months, but first, an introduction to what is going to become our little paradise. It already is. Welcome to Coin Perdu, our home in Puy d’Arnac, Corréze, where time seems to stand still, where the animals live shamelessly and nature grows wild and undisturbed, where the brooks take spontaneous turns and where the soul roams free.



…waiting to be unlocked…

waiting to be opened up

…la premiere grange…

la grange 1

…le four a pain…

Four a pain


pig house

…the view…

a view

…Coin Perdu…

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the pig house at Coin Perdu

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a weathered shuttera small doorcatching the rainpile of woodchicken coopwinter pods

The following issue will tell about the final buying, the magnitude of paperwork, the signing and interchanging of land, the handshakes, the mayor of Puy d’Arnac and the municipal road running through our land…


4 responses

  1. Pam

    Wow. You just can’t find a wonderfully (excuse the expression as it is really meant to be positive) ‘older than dirt’ homestead like this in the states. I’m envious like crazy though happy I don’t have to do the work at this point in time 🙂

    What inspiration to draw from. You must feel a rush to capture it on canvas, but do take your time. Let it sink into your bones. Your journal entries just sing!

    May 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm

  2. joanna

    well ronell so its your lost corner of the world… wonderful to finally see it, even from this distance, it brings floods of memories back of our days in France. Congratulations. I do so hope we find our lost corner one day.

    Keep up the work, get in a bigger supply of bandaids and lots of red wine to ease the pain.

    May 31, 2009 at 6:11 pm

  3. Hi Ronell! I missed this, saw the new blog just now! Ai, Beautiful! We were a little green about your atelier and house and… Now we are a bit darker green. : – )
    No, I think this is wonderful and hope you will spend the best times there. (even while you are working on the house).

    June 1, 2009 at 9:47 pm

  4. Thanks everybody!

    June 8, 2009 at 9:00 am

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