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The Loft - Country Apartment near Paris

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Come and live 'La Belle Vie!' Help us build a 2 bedroom holiday loft apartment in the French countryside only 30 minutes from Paris.

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About Us

Hi! We’re the Hamilton’s, a family of 5 British expats living the ‘Good Life’ in the land of cheese and wine! Starting with the most senior in life experience (yep, the oldest!), we are Grandpa Rob, Greg, Danielle, Jack and Charlie.  We also have a Golden Retriever called Rosie and 5 French hens.

Grandpa Rob is retired, Greg works at the airport and Danielle is a full time mum, dishwasher, amateur (but awesome) home baker, cleaner, artist and an amazing host!  Now that our boys are both starting school our dream is to run a little self contained holiday loft to share our little piece of heaven with others from all over the world!

Our Dream

We moved to a little village called Rhuis about 4 years ago and completely fell in love with it.  We discovered that the village has a long history, with a 1000 year old Roman church and secret underground passages built during the French Revolution.  We were lucky enough to find the perfect country home with a 2 acre garden, covered outdoor barbecue terrace and a full size tennis court.  We’ve always wanted to share our amazing home and local area with other people but just haven’t had the accommodation. With your help we want to build a haven, where people can come to be as active or relaxed as they choose, to cycle in the forest or watch birds in the garden, to play a game of tennis or relax on a deck chair.  We want our accommodation to be perfect for singles, couples and families to actively explore this diverse Picardy region and to provide a convenient bolt hole to escape the hustle and bustle of Paris without going too far from the city.  Come and escape on a romantic French getaway or use the loft as your base on an active family holiday.  However you want to spend your time in France, the choice is all yours and we'll help to make your time with us special!

The Project

We want to build a self contained 2 bedroom loft apartment with bathroom, kitchen diner, living space which opens onto a small balcony and parking bays below.  The loft apartment is a perfect choice because it allows us to accommodate guests with vehicles while making the most of the elevated views and creating a really cosy ‘home away from home’ atmosphere.

The Loft will be right next to our covered outdoor barbeque terrace which will be available to our investors.

The deck will look over the treehouse and tennis court so if you have children you will be able to keep an eye on them while you enjoy cafe et croissants al fresco!

On top of the high standard of furnishing you can expect in The Loft, we are planning on providing a few extra home away from home comforts such as a Nespresso drinks machine, well stocked wine rack, luxury toiletries, travel cot, ironing equipment, clothes washing and drying machines, Wifi internet and a brand new flat screen television for when you just have to catch up on the news, check the weather or keep the children occupied!

Getting Here

We have excellent transport links by road, rail and air and even offer lifts by car and loan our bikes to explore the area.  Whether you're coming just to stay with us, taking a country break while staying in central Paris or stopping off as part of a longer tour through France, there are plenty of options and we'll do everything we can to help you to arrange your travel.

Major Things to See & Do Nearby

  • Chantilly Chateau, grounds, racecourse, equestrian shows and town
  • Pierrefonds Chateau, lake, forest trails and town
  • Senlis medieval market town
  • Compiegne historic city
  • Verberie Lakes - coarse fishing paradise as well as waterski & wakeboard park
  • 2 Royal forests for walking, cycling and photography
  • Paris City - 40 minutes by train
  • Parc Asterix (25 minutes) & Disneyland Paris (1 hour)
  • Pony riding
  • Golf at Chateau Raray
  • Geocaching
  • ?Many great restaurants
  • On the property and around Rhuis village - Walking, tennis, bbq, treehouse, photography, reading, visting the bakery and much more!

Project Timeline

History:

We already own the land (about 6500m2 adjacent to our house) and we have spent the last 12 months making contacts in the mayor's office and village planning office to pave the way for The Loft. Right now we have secured permission to build and prepared the proposed site with landscaping work. We've started to stockpile some materials and we're working with a local architect to make sure the building meets the guidelines to fit in with the style of our 'protected' historic village. We're just waiting for the initial funds to get this project started!

Phase 1 (March 2015):

Will commence immediately after we successfully complete our Travelstarter funding period. We will engage a local companies to erect the building, complete the exterior cladding and roofing and fit the windows,doors and decking. Greg will help with a lot of the building work himself to keep costs down and because he just loves building things!

Phase 2 (September 2015):

Will see the completion of interior walls, plumbing, electrics, insulation and heating.

Phase 3 (December 2015):

Is all about fitting The Loft out with furniture, equipment, lighting, decoration and creature comforts. Dani will do a lot of the work in this phase to keep costs down and she's also amazing at focusing on the little details that will make The Loft unique. At the end of this phase The Loft will be your perfect French home from home. There will be nothing like it in the area and there will be no better place to stay when you come and visit Picardy!

Completion! (New Year 2016):

We're going to dedicate the first year of The Loft to our investors!

This year is all about you! You found Travelstarter, you saw the potential in our project, you became a part of our dream and now it's your turn to enjoy the success that we will share with all of our special investors. You're going to take something amazing away from this project, whether it's your name on our investors wall, a unique piece of French art, a great local experience, a game of tennis, a delicious patisserie or a memorable stay with us. We hope you'll never forget it!

The Future

We want to offer the loft as a fully self contained holiday let and plan to make it the best accommodation choice the area, especially as there are few similar quality family accommodation choices nearby. We want to welcome thousands of people for years to come and give them amazing French memories they will never forget!

Project Gallery

Our house and The Loft location.

Our house and The Loft location.

Visit Pierrefonds, otherwise known as the set of Camelot in the BBCs series 'Merlin'.

Visit Pierrefonds, otherwise known as the set of Camelot in the BBCs series 'Merlin'.

Spend a day at the races in Chantilly.

Spend a day at the races in Chantilly.

The Loft - design plan for the exterior.

The Loft - design plan for the exterior.

The Loft - possible interior layout (not final) to get an idea of the space available.

The Loft - possible interior layout (not final) to get an idea of the space available.

Help travellers come and see our beautiful village in Picardy, France

Help travellers come and see our beautiful village in Picardy, France

Enjoy some truly fabulous rewards!

Enjoy some truly fabulous rewards!

Style and comfort in the country. The proposed interior design style.

Style and comfort in the country. The proposed interior design style.

Burn off those French desserts with a few games of tennis here at The Loft.

Burn off those French desserts with a few games of tennis here at The Loft.

Discover Rhuis, an ancient French village just 40km from Paris.

Discover Rhuis, an ancient French village just 40km from Paris.

The children can enjoy our fun treehouse!

The children can enjoy our fun treehouse!

Come and see some of the best local sights like the chateau at Chantilly.

Come and see some of the best local sights like the chateau at Chantilly.

Stroll through the market and pick up a delicacy on the cobbled streets of medieval Senlis.

Stroll through the market and pick up a delicacy on the cobbled streets of medieval Senlis.

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Hi, pleased to meet you!

I love building, gardening, cycling through the countryside, playing tennis and messing around with our two boys in the treehouse!

I love our home in the French countryside and I would LOVE to share it with you.

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About

Hi, pleased to meet you!

I love building, gardening, cycling through the countryside, playing tennis and messing around with our two boys in the treehouse!

I love our home in the French countryside and I would LOVE to share it with you.

Team Members

Danielle Hamilton

Partner, Baker & Hostess

Hi, I'm Danielle but you can call me Dani!

I love baking, travelling and hosting people.

My favourite things are chocolate, cupcakes and country fashions.

I've spent the last 4 years bringing up our boys but now I have some spare time my dream is running The Loft from our home.

Thanks for your support and I hope you can come and stay with us and share our little piece of French heaven!


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