Le Petit Marais – Au revoir

June 10, 2020
On the 9th March 2020 we sold Le Petit Marais to a buyer from Normandy. We were happy to learn from his Agent that he was a cash buyer who could complete very quickly and wanted the house as his family home. We were really pleased that Le Petit Marais would be occupied full time by a French family bringing children to the school.
Of course he did everything possible to delay completion past the year end, wanted to build five gites and applied for a mortgage because appearing to have cash was a foolish thing to do. After the compromis he commissioned a survey to justify a price reduction and refused to share the results of the survey claiming he was in dispute with the expert. The expert confirmed that he had delivered his report, as promised on 28 January.
As it happened we were lucky to complete at the last possible moment before France headed for lock down. He can’t visit from Normandie and the gates are chained up and the grass grows ever longer. I suspect he is a property developer and his plans for Le Petit Marais will give the house a new lease of life and hopefully his family will move in and help sustain St Julien de l’Escap.
Most of all I wish the house well, we had it for almost twenty nine years and thanks to the Tempete in 1999 and our rebuilding of the batiments we probably left it in a better state than we found it.
I loved the place and I share that love with all the family and friends who visited Le Petit Marais over so many years.
I miss it – every day.

Is there anybody there?

April 8, 2016

Ann Walters has politely suggested that a blog with no activity since 2011 leaves a bit to be desired. This is a start.

le Patron

Fran & Ian and…

November 8, 2011

Clocks gone back
Fran & Ian and Holly & Jodie handed over Le Petit Marais in fine order including flowers in the hall.

Max at Le Petit Marais

September 25, 2011

Max at Le Petit Marais

Ruthie insisted on a traditional steps photo for Max’s first visit to Le Petit Marais. He had a great time throwing sticks off the treehouse, playing on/off, on/off, on/off….. with the fountain and hurling himself fearlessly into the Moody pool. Shame about the weather.

Beam Restored

September 6, 2011

Orthopaedic splint on dodgy limb.
Pascal Champion’s equipe have installed a splint on the dodgy beam – excellent.

Another video

September 2, 2011

Neveudave and the Berliners clearly had a good time at Le Petit Marais.
Thanks to Gemma & good to see the trike in another starring role.

Preserves for Codgers

August 30, 2011

Preserves for Codgers

Codgers love tradition which means doing exactly the same as last year unless the Maire has banned them. Last year Le Patron brought along some of his finest preserves so in October……

Figs in Wigs

August 20, 2011

If you go to http://www.figsinwigs.com you will find other Petit Marais based videos from Suzanna Hurst and the Queen Mary’s team who are currently in Edinburgh on the Fringe.


August 19, 2011

Whoops - one too many shuttlecocks lands on beam
One too many shuttlecocks has landed on the beam and the whole north end roof is about to fall down. Quel calamity. The acrow props look a bit dodgy – hopefully scaffold and jacks will be in place pretty soon.

Spike climbing treehouse

September 21, 2010

Spike climbing treehouse

Originally uploaded by Le Patron

The tree house was built by the Codgers a long time ago and its floor had rotted and rungs on the ladder kept snapping under your weight. Not a good look for a tree house. A few decking boards b(r)ought from B&Q and a few hours later and it was restored ready for Spike.