We are Chris and Michelle and like many others we used to dream about someday moving to France and perhaps opening a Chambre d'hotes and Gite similar to the ones we had stayed in during our annual holidays. 

That dream became a reality in 2014, ten years ahead of schedule when we were able to find and buy our dream house. (below is the first view of our new house). 

The name of Chat Noir is in memory of our much loved black cat called Treacle who survived long enough to be able to spend her last year enjoying the sun and French lifestyle before sadly leaving us.


After a year of restoration we now share our home with our new family of 4 cats. We are looking forward to sharing our piece of paradise in France with guests to our Gite and Chambre d'hotes from March 2016

Paris, Achilles and Hector our three kittens, Mum was taking a rest

We first satisfied our passion for France when Chris left his role as a Retail Director to open a unique French gift shop and a seperate Bistro Creperie in 2003. The business established both a national and international reputation offering a range of specialised French gifts. The business was sold in 2008 but we retained the La Vie Francaise domain rights with a view to operating an online retail business from France in the future.

The gift shop

The Bistro Creperie

Chris at our stand at the French Show Olympia 2004 

(hair was longer then not to Michelles taste) 

We look forward to meeting old friends and making many new ones 

Chris & Michelle

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