So in case you are just tuning in, we’ve been trying to decide which rental property to choose on our séjour in France. And… after much deliberation…. We chose option number 2! The village house in Puyloubier, France.
This place looks absolutely charming. It’s a traditional maison de village in the heart of Puyloubier, a small village 20 minutes east of Aix-en-Provence. I’ll be able to walk my girls to the local primary school in the morning and pick up a baguette at the local boulangerie on the way home.
As with most of our sejours, we found this house through VRBO. It was a bit tricky to find a place available for 2-3 months – most properties are advertised to rent on a weekly basis. When we stumbled upon this one and were able to work with the owner to arrange a longer term stay, we jumped on it!
Here’s why we went with the village house option (as opposed to a city apartment or house in the countryside):
- Sense of community – I love the idea of walking my girls to school, and getting to know some of the people in the village.
- True immersion – My sense is that living in a more rural community is an excellent opportunity to be immersed in the language and culture.
- The school – The Director of my girls’ school here in Washington State (FISW) called the local primary school in Puyloubier. They are eager to take in two American students for the last few months of school. We’re in!
I have to admit, the day it all came together, I freaked out just a little bit. My husband won’t be able to stay in France for the entire trip. I’m going to miss him! We’re a good team – without him, I’ll have to manage life in a foreign country all on my own. But I can do this, right? Right??