Giverny is set to have a new influx of tourism now that the house that French painter Claude Monet lived in from 1883 until his death in 1926 is available to rent, and for a very decent price too. The sleepy town in Northern France is already a hub of activity thanks to the famous lily pond gardens in the grounds of his other home.
Renovated in 2016, the two-storey house has three double bedrooms, three bathrooms, a kitchen, two living rooms and sleeps six guests. But perhaps the most impressive feature is the garden. It was for these that Monet originally purchased the house, choosing it on the basis that they would provide the perfect kitchen garden for him to plant vegetables.
The house is best described as charming; the white exterior is punctuated by bold blue shutters in a classic French style, the rustic kitchen features a mish-mash of chairs and the house is populated with an eclectic mix of modern and antique furniture. Terracotta tiles and wooden parquet line the floors while the décor has a somewhat bohemian French aesthetic to it, fitting for a former artist's residence.
Budding artists, Monet fans and travelers who like a back story to their accommodation can rent the entire house on AirBnB from £260 a night, or solo travelers can choose to pay half that and rent just the ground floor, where one of the double bedrooms is located. Sadly, it seems that Monet's vegetable garden no longer exists there, but the stories the walls could tell make it worth a trip alone. Bon voyage!