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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Real French Doors in Sarlat

Thursday, May 9, 2013

All doors in France are
French doors
by virtue of being in France.

If you like the style called
French Country,
then you will love real
French doors.

From a street in medieval Sarlat, France
one can glimpse stone carvings above a door 
just visible over a flower-laden stone wall
hiding a narrow pedestrian walkway.

Just a short distance along the pedestrian way
a courtyard materializes below the greenery
and a better glimpse of the door emerges.

Blue shutters inside the courtyard
and flanking the exterior windows
echo the blue of the door coming into sight.

Real French blue doors.
Not French doors we are accustomed to seeing.
Not glass double doors with wooden pane dividers.

Real French doors.
Real French bleu color.

Massive wooden doors with floret metal studs,
a metal letter slot, a metal keyhole, and a 
single massive iron handle.
All set beneath 
intricately carved stonework
on a narrow pedestrian way
so narrow that a straight-on photo
is impossible to capture the entire door...

A side view captures the stone supports of a
balcony above the doors
and the entire intricately
carved stonework.

What wondrous rooms 
 lie behind the impressive doors and
 open onto the tree-shaded courtyard?

If only someone would open the magnificent doors,
a quick glance inside would be possible.

No one opens the doors, even into the night.
No views of an opulent French decorated foyer.
Or would it be simple French Country decor?
If only someone would open the doors...

Lo, many days, weeks, months,
and soon to be years,
since the first glimpse of the 
French bleu doors in
medieval Sarlat, France,
yet their beauty continues to linger
in my mind, captivating my thoughts,
with the allure of real French doors.
A view inside is possible.
The French bleu doors are the entrance to
Les Chambres du Manoir
(bed and breakfast in a 15th century residence)
13 rue de la république
24200 Sarlat-la-Canéda, France
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  1. Oh wow only a set of blue French doors could warrant and inspire such door envy. Lovely

    1. You see why I took so many photos of these doors and why I still think about them.


  2. Gorgeous! thank you for sharing!

  3. The door and in fact the whole building are so beautiful! It makes my heart beat a little faster looking at it!

    1. The whole town is listed as one of the most beautiful towns in France.

      I became your follower today, but Google is giving me troubles. I was not able to leave a comment on your post.


  4. Tres Charmant! What a lovely post! Love the perfect French blue against the rustic stone-
    another place to add to my someday dream vacation list!
    Thanks for visiting my blog as it led me to yours
    a new follower

    1. If you travel to France, I highly recommend going to towns outside Paris (must see the Eiffel Tower first). Sarlat is in the Dordogne area, and the medieval town is breathtaking. Thanks for being a follower.

      Happy Mother's Day..

  5. Interesting post. Thanks for joining in to Blue Monday.

    Happy Blue Monday, Judith.

  6. These are really impressive, love beautiful doors with such decoration surrounding them, great photos.

  7. Gorgeous!!! Love the first shot also, with the lantern...all so pretty!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday!

  8. That is a beautiful set of doors. Though still rustic in appearance, I like how the bright color offsets the intricacies of the stone carving. It's definitely a far cry from the French doors that are commonly seen in homes, but I have no doubt that a lot of people will want to recreate the effect. Thanks for sharing! -Isaac@Patriot Exterior Solutions

  9. Yeah, talk about real French doors – country charm. No wonder you can see contemporary versions in America, Canada and other places in the world. Nothing beats an authentic French door by virtue of location though. They're always distinguishably rustic without even trying and made from truly strong wood. Rolf@Northern Virginia Roofing

  10. Magnificent French doors are one thing that will astound you when you visit France. They are certainly part of their culture. These doors shriek uniqueness, and you really have to say that it's one element that has made the country rich in sophistication and class. The street, the doors, and the old walls resemble a Victorian feel as well.

    Roselia Mangione @ All County Exteriors

  11. Just came across your blog and love it. My hubby and I leave for Dodorgne next week and plan to visit Sarlat. I'll be looking for these beautiful doors!


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