The Maison Bleue, where Claude Monet spent 40 years of his life, is now a charming small hotel, perfect for a romantic night stay.
A dream come true for lovers of the great Impressionist artist, who found in Giverny’s Blue House his inspiration for the Water Lilies, admired all over the world.
Enchanted, bright green gardens, colorful flowers and idyllic ponds lead to the discovery of the artist’s world, of his creative shelter.
At the Maison Blue, guests can sleep, wander around the rooms on the ground floor ̶ all looking out into the gardens ̶ and breathe the same air as Monet did when he was staying at the house in a dark time of his artistic life, which the magic and peace at the Maison Bleue partly helped him overcome to bring wonderful creations into life.
For travelers looking for a relaxing spring or summer holiday, the Maison Bleue is a special destination for an unforgettable French retreat ̶ even more for those with a talent for arts that draws them close to the Father of Impressionism.
Located in Normandy, the Maison Bleue was purchased by Monet in the late 19thcentury, not just for its architecture, but especially for its green areas, which he intended to cultivate: he loved cooking vegetables and certainly did not lack the space. For its part, the house counts three bedrooms and four bathrooms. Needless to say, the dominating hue in the details on doors and shutters is electric blue. Overall, Monet’s house can host up to six guests at a time and was renovated in 2016. Inside, it treasures antique decorations alongside modern pieces, including highly valuable artworks and furniture.
There are fireplaces in the living rooms, while the kitchen is enriched with blue cupboards, stainless steel appliances, wooden shelves and a wooden dining table. It is not clear whether Monet regularly slept at the house or simply headed there to take care of his gardens. His best-known residence in Giverny, where he chose to live for over 43 years, is now home to the Fondation Claude Monet, but the Blue House is surely a place that he constantly visited for four decades, where he worked and often invited friends.
Interesting fact: American artist Guy Rose, fascinated by this enchanting place, decided to depict the Blue House in one of his most beautiful paintings.