A Beautiful French Meal and Dining Room

I cannot believe that it has been almost 3 years since I went to France with

fellow bloggers and friends. It was a trip of a lifetime for me that I will never forget.

One of the most unforgettable moments and places of this trip was being invited to

our gracious hosts and tour guides most gorgeous French farmhouse/manor, named Rabbit Hill.

Our hostess was Cat of Sunday Brocantes. She doesn’t blog anymore, but you can find

some of the most gorgeous photos on her Instagram (cat_in_france) and

www.sundaybrocantes.com for her foodie workshops. Cat is an phenomenal cook.

We were invited for lunch and must say it was one of the best meals I have ever had!!

Rabbit Hill/Normadie, France Dining Room - Housepitality Designs

Rabbit Hill Dining Room - Housepitality Designs

As I entered the dining room my eyes focused on the amazing woodwork that was original

to the house, which if my memory serves me right is about three centuries old.

The painting above the mirror is original to the house.

French Mirror - Housepitality Designs

When I traveled to France I did not want to take my heavy DSLR, so pardon my

“point and shoot” camera photos.

Among many of Cat’s talents is being a great designer.

I was incredibly fascinated with her gorgeous vignettes throughout her home,

including this mantelscape.

Rabbit Hill Dining Room Mantel - Housepitality Designs

With my little camera, it was hard to capture the total room

where there was beauty in every corner. The dining room is quite large.

Rabbit Hill Dining Room - Housepitality Designs

The blue and white striped arm in the upper right hand corner of the photo

belongs to Kim

The gorgeous centerpiece that Cat created on the dining room table are fruits and greenery

gathered from her many wonderful gardens.

Rabbit Hill Tablescape - Housepitality Designs

Rabbit Hill/Centerpiece - Housepitality Designs

The place setting

Rabbit Hill Dining Room - Housepitality Designs

Rabbit Hill - Housepitality Designs

Rabbit Hill/France - Housepitality Designs

Rabbit Hill - Housepitality Designs

There were multiple seating areas in this room,

including this very sweet bench filled with antique grain sack pillows made by Cat.

Rabbit Hill - Housepitality Designs

Our most beautifully set appetizer/wine serving table.

Rabbit Hill Dining Room - Housepitality Designs

A French Antique Armoire used as a storage piece in the dining room.

Rabbit Hill Dining Room Armoire - Housepitality Designs

Time for lunch … The Duck was beyond delicious!

And how do you like her signature Rabbit Ears?

Rabbit Hill Lunch - Housepitalty Designs

And meet the chef!

Cat in her kitchen - Rabbit Hill - Housepitality Designs

Hope you enjoyed one of my most memorable meals and Cat’s amazing dining room.

Truly a most beautiful experience.

Have a great weekend! Speaking of wonderful times and experiences,

I so plan to have some this weekend and hope you do too!!!

Stay tuned!

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  1. I didn’t realize that you had met Cat and went to her charming home! What a wonderful experience that must have been for you ladies. Happy weekend Shirley!
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  2. Yes, that was the best meal ever and such a beautiful, but very comfortable home.
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  3. Shirley, I follow her lovely feed on Instagram! I would have so enjoyed this lovely French home, dining room, and the beautifully prepared food. The French decorate and entertain with such ease! Pam @ Everyday Living
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  4. What a beautiful home and a dreamy trip. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Have a great weekend!

  5. Such a lovely French farmhouse and yummy looking meal. I find dining is as much a part of the travel experience as the memories of the beautiful landscapes.

  6. That trip was amazing for you and all the girls who went, I know. Cat’s dining room is beautiful and that meal looks fabulous! Love the centerpiece!!!! Anxious to hear about your weekend!!!
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  7. What an amazing adventure that had to be.The’s pictures are fabulous.

  8. Shirley, that sounds like such a wonderful experience! What a lovely memory for you girls! Cat’s dining room looks absolutely gorgeous and the food looks most scrumptious!!! Thanks so much for sharing with us! I hope your weekend is fabulous!!!
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  9. What an experience Shirley, to visit and dine in a French home, owned by such a talented woman! The table is divine!
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  10. I can’t believe it’s been three years, either! These pics are just gorgeous, what a trip! Mom’s on the way.

  11. Shirley, I enjoyed seeing all of your photos from that trip. This dining area is gorgeous! Cat has such a great eye for details. I can only imagine how gorgeous her property is in person!

  12. It’s all so beautiful, Shirley. I think if I could go anywhere it would be to France and it’s beautiful countryside. I love that dining room – just wow! Cat definitely knows how to make a space shine!
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  13. What a beautiful dining room and the table is stunning. Sounds like you young ladies had a terrific trip.

    Cat has a lovely home and the meal sound like you all enjoyed it.

    Enjoy your weekend Shirley.


  14. It looks like a beautiful place to have a real French lunch. It has been 6 years since I was in France and it seems like yesterday.
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  15. What a lovely home and meal! It makes me want to plan a trip and hop on a plane! Thanks for sharing your trip with us!
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  16. Wow. Thanks for taking us along… it’s phenomenal!!

  17. That table setting is Gorgeous! Sure wished I had went on this trip, maybe next time. I know ya’ll had a great time…
    Your trip with Kim(Savy Southern Style) will be fun also!
    Have A Great Trip

  18. What a great trip Shirley. That will be one for the memory books for sure. Love that beautiful dining space in Cat’s home.
    Gorgeous and the meal she served looked so yummy in the pics. Have a great week end and wonderful start to the new week ahead.
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  19. On my bucket list… The dinning room looks exceptional and lovely chef, but i don’t know about rabbit… Haven’t yet acquired the taste for it…
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  20. What a beautiful place Shirley…and what a wonderful meal!

  21. The vignettes are so pretty and creative! The trip does sounds wonderful! Hope you’ll share more pictures of it from time to time! ~Rhonda

  22. Très Belle Shirley! I adore the the natural beauty of the fruit and terra cotta pot down the lenght of the table for a centerpiece! Lunch looks delicious too 🙂
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