Many visit France for the Louvre or the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. But a new listing on Airbnb allows you to dive much deeper into the culture and history of one of the country’s most famous painters. You can actually stay in the former home of Impressionist pioneer Claude Monet and explore what was once his property in the town of Giverny, Normandy.
Monet called Giverny home from 1883 to 1926 and owned two houses in the village. One is the world-famous property with its wonderful garden and lily pond that inspired some of his most well-known paintings; the other one is the Blue House.
Monet bought the Blue House (La Maison Bleue) in the 19th century and made it the home of a vegetable garden as well as the base for friends that visited him from across France and beyond, as reported by Insider. Today, it is an Airbnb property.
The Blue House, as the Airbnb listing is known, features three double bedrooms and was renovated in 2016, so it features a mix of old and new furnishings and decorations. Our favorite part is the blue shutters on the exterior. More than 16,000 square feet of gardens surround the house, providing a dose of natural splendor.
Staying at the Blue House is a surefire way to find some inspiration for only $224 per night. And because you’re so close to the home where Monet actually lived for 43 years, take this opportunity to spend a few hours visiting and walking around the yard — it’s almost as good as checking out his paintings at the Orangerie museum in Paris.