Victoria French Cottage 2017

In a frantic and hurried world, Victoria offers a respite from the chaos of everyday life. The pages are dedicated to living beautifully when entertaining, cooking, and decorating and even in artistic pursuits - and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet! With a distinct personality all its own, Victoria personifies feminity, passion, and an enterprising spirit. Each issue features decorating and entertaining ideas, recipes, travel stories, essays from inspiring women, and much more.

United States
Hoffman Media
7 Issues

in this issue

1 min
dear friends

Don’t Forget For even more inspiration for gracious living and gardening, visit our website, You’ll find photos, tips, and how-tos on our social media sites, so follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. If you are enchanted with France and the lifestyle of its people, this will be a musthave magazine for you! This special Victoria Classics edition gives a peek into historic maisons and castles filled with the tasteful furnishings and charming accessories cherished by Gallic culture. The dwellings represent a variety of locales, and most have stories of significant origin that have been translated into the cozy charm of a family home. From the rough-hewn beams to the stone floors, each will provide endless inspiration. History is ever-present in the residences showcased in these pages. Timeworn, comfortable chairs and sofas…

3 min
joie de vivre: a creative collaboration

While in search of their new home, a couple from The Netherlands stumbled upon a charming old farmhouse in the countryside. They discovered the sprawling rural property quite by chance from a picture at their real estate agent’s office. “We liked the authentic character of the house,” says Meine Fernhout, an author and a former art critic, teacher, academy director, and exhibition designer. “It wasn’t spoiled by modernization.” Meine’s wife, Marijtje van der Horst, is a fashion designer, a visual artist, an author, and former director of the Dutch Fashion Institute. “The building had a certain standing,” she says, “an appearance resembling a manor house and a farm at the same time.” When the couple arrived for their first tour, it looked picture-perfect, with its old stucco, white wooden shutters, and sturdy barn…

3 min
a noble castle, a new life

Matthew and Jitske Poventud arrived in France with their three young children in pursuit of a dream. They wanted to begin a new life that would allow them to spend more time with their children in a place of serenity and unspoiled beauty. After nine months of searching for a home, they discovered aerial photos of Château de Digoine, a magnificent medieval estate in the Burgundy region that had been neglected since World War II. The c ouple soon found themselves in utter surprise standing at the centuries-old gate marking the entrance. Jitske and Matthew describe a rainy introductory tour of the grounds, during which they were guided by flashlights. Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, they could see something grand. “It was such a beautiful, noble building,” Matthew says. That afternoon, the couple became…

3 min
the light within: a vintner’s cottage

Floral designer Ita Bourcier remembers the moment, more than thirty years ago, when she spotted the cottage of her dreams in Auxerre, a capital city in the Burgundy region. Traversing the French countryside to search for a new home had become a weekly ritual for the Netherlands native and her husband. One day, their realtor had not selected any listings but encouraged the pair to peruse his files. A single image immediately captured Ita’s imagination. “There it was: a photo of this wonderful house, surrounded by lots of trees and looking so pretty,” she recalls. Established circa 1880, when winemaking was prevalent in the area, the estate included wine cellars, horse stables, gardens, and a farmhouse brimming with charm. Despite Ita’s instant connection to the property, several obstacles stood in the way…

2 min
artful imperfection

An inspired French couple with a rich pool of talent between them—Bénédicte Leuwer, a fashion stylist and designer, and Pierre Gautier, an antiques dealer and chef—make their home in Uzes, a quaint village in the south of France. Their residence, which dates partly from the twelfth century and partly from the eighteenth, is just a halfhour drive from their antiques shop, Depuis Toujours, situated in the charming artist’s town of L’Isle-sur-la- Sorgue in Provence. Bénédicte’s world travels have g iven her an opportunity to see many magnificent houses that have influenced her style. When she and Pierre moved into their home three years ago, her exquisite eye guided them to create distinctive rooms filled with age, warmth, and character. They painted everything white, and removed all the doors to let in the…

3 min
life rediscovered

Doing what most people only dream of, Hubert Bettan and Isabelle Dubois-Dumée said goodbye to their busy lives and careers to start over in a new home with a more peaceful environment. With three daughters in tow, they left Paris and bought a small castle nestled within the sprawling countryside of south Charente in eastern France. There, they rediscovered life. Hubert was working as a software engineer for a company building digital television solutions, and Isabelle, the proprietress of her own interiors brand, Les Petites Emplettes, was working at publishing house Gallimard Jeunesse designing books and magazines. After spending a summer vacation at Aubeterre-sur- Dronne, in south Charente, they decided to start looking for a second residence. When they visited Château de Dirac, they fell in love with it. “The atmosphere was…