Weekend retreats don’t come more picture-perfect than a stay at the idyllic Blue House in Giverny, France, a 19th-century home once owned by the Impressionist artist Claude Monet.
The home, which is currently listed on Airbnb, is located in Giverny, a small village in the region of Normandy in northern France where the artist lived and worked for many years. Having undergone complete renovations in 2016, the three-bedroom and three-bathroom home is furnished with a mix of modern and antique furniture and hints of blue.
The house was purchased by Monet in the 19th century and was later immortalised in paint by the American artist Guy Rose. According to the Irvine Museum, Monet used the Blue House for his extensive vegetable garden but he didn’t live there. It was normally occupied by friends while Monet lived nearby at his now famous house and self-designed water garden which have been open to the public for a number of years as a museum.
Today, the house sits surrounded by more than 16,000 sq ft of gardens that recall the balmy, green-hued pictures of natural landscapes found in Monet’s most famous paintings. It’s located in the heart of Giverny but still close to the Impressionist museums and shops, which are all within walking distance. A cleaning lady living nearby is available to assist with any needs.
It takes just an hour to reach Giverny from Paris, but this small village feels a world away. Life in the sleepy Pays d’Eure moves at a more tranquil pace, much as it did when Monet lived and painted here from 1883 until his death in 1926. Today, his magical gardens and the nearby Musée des Impressionnismes are one of the most enjoyable day trips from Paris, drawing around half a million visitors each year.
The entire place is available to rent from $224 (£171/€198) per night but guests can rent rooms of the house for a cheaper rate. For more information or to book a stay, see here.