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Welcome to the hill of happiness
Southwest of Paris, on the edge of the Loire Valley, Patrice and Yvonne Seveau-de Hiep have literally worked years up a sweat to restore dilapidated farm buildings.
The Dutch Yvonne lived there for several years before she met the French Patrice.
With their own hands and with the help of many friends, they began their life’s work.
They collected old, authentic materials, such as the area bound, typically limestone, old tiles, doors and oak beams.
Step by step, through trial and error, changing the expiry field in a paradise of happiness on the hill between L’ile Bouchard and Theneuil.
The couple married late 2010 and launched the hiring of a cozy cottage in 2011.
On their property scratching chickens and geese, nesting farmer swallows, blackbirds and goldfinches in springtime.
The meadow behind their farm houses the three loyal ponies Samber, Bart and Ben who emigrated with Yvonne from the Netherlands to France years ago.
Yvonne speaks Dutch, French and English.