The Gîte

Gîte: A gîte is a specific type of holiday accommodation. A gîte is a holiday home which is available for rent. Gîtes are usually fully furnished and equipped for self-catering.

She stands tall and proud,
Elegant on the outside, decorative.

Flowers hang by the door, swaying in the breeze.
Shutters open wide,
Daring the observer to take a closer look through netted curtains.

Looking out onto fields of corn,
Nestled in the perfect spot,
Tucked away and private.

Yet inside holds a secret.
Once grand and new, once solid and clean,
Now she lies dusty and dormant.
Only coming alive when a family enters,
Bringing with them laughter and life.

Look closely and you will see the fireplace crumble,
Touch too hard and a light shade will fall,
Exposing live and dangerous wires.

She is tired inside,
In need of some love.
She is old and worn.

Strong wooden beams support her still,
Strength on the inside keeps her standing on the outside.
Looking at the outside no one could know what is hidden in the depths,
Until they dare to enter deeper.

She could be grand again if someone just took the time to look after her,
Nurture her back to her former glory.
She is not lost forever.
Appearances can be deceptive.

Prose for Thought

12 Comments on The Gîte

  1. Stephanie
    August 22, 2013 at 11:44 am (11 years ago)

    I want to live there! Did you stay here? You paint a picture of a special place.

    • InstinctiveMum
      August 25, 2013 at 6:19 pm (11 years ago)

      Yes we stayed here, the Gîte had so much character it was wonderful!

  2. uncheshire wife
    August 22, 2013 at 12:05 pm (11 years ago)

    I have a yearning to go to France, that sounds the perfect place for a home, beautiful description.

    • InstinctiveMum
      August 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm (11 years ago)

      It was perfect! And I always yearn to go to France lol!

  3. blueberetmum
    August 22, 2013 at 12:10 pm (11 years ago)

    Looks like such an amazing place….so magical!x

  4. Helen Braid (@EllieAllAtSea)
    August 22, 2013 at 7:51 pm (11 years ago)

    Oh I love old buildings and all their stories… they are always beautiful, in their own faded way. This one looks so pretty x

    • InstinctiveMum
      August 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm (11 years ago)

      The stories that building could tell…many I’m sure! x

  5. judithkingston
    August 23, 2013 at 5:50 am (11 years ago)

    Hm, thinking of buying the gite and doing her up?? 🙂 We always stayed in holiday homes like this when I was a child. Lovely memories.

    • InstinctiveMum
      August 25, 2013 at 6:21 pm (11 years ago)

      Oh if I had the money I would love to buy it and do it up…ah one can dream! 😉

  6. Verily Victoria Vocalises
    August 23, 2013 at 6:02 pm (11 years ago)

    This sounds so beautiful – it’s a shame that lovely buildings become so overlooked. There’s a lot to be said for recycling – especially of things like this 🙂 Thank you for linking to Prose for Thought x


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