Creole house

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Creole house

Creole house
A house developed by the Creoles (i.e., French-speaking persons of European ancestry born in the Gulf Coast or environs in the early 18th century) designed to provide reasonable comfort under the local conditions of high temperature and high humidity; usually rectangular in plan, with one or two rooms, a garret overhead; a bonnet roof or a roof having a single slope on each side of a central ridge; usually a raised house surrounded (or partially surrounded) by a full-length porch along one or both sides of the house; the rooms are entered through French doors from the porch. The floor on which the family lived was raised well above ground level to improve the air circulation. Compare with Cajun cottage.
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GASCONY: Gascony Secret (0844 800 1637) offers seven nights' self-catering at Maison de Maitre sleeping 10 from July 5 for pounds 1,925 (rental only).
AN elegant Maison de Maitre (big house with grounds) in very good condition in a quarter of an acre of landscaped gardens, with attached gite, two kilometres from the nearest village.
THE first weekend in August is when every family in France locks up the maison de maitre, slings five kilos of camembert and a case of vin in the boot of the Citroen and heads for the coast.
As quick as you can say French real estate agent, Cornelia was shown and bad fallen in love with a maison de maitre (smaller and less fancy than a chateau) facing the Dordogne River.
Closer to Toulouse and already restored, is another good comparison with British prices, a generous maison de maitre or gentleman's residence with seven acres, wonderful views, seven bedrooms and four bathrooms plus a swimming pool.