Annie and Robert bought the property in 1995. They had the pool built right away
The present gîte used to be a barn which had once been a lodging. A fireplace and traces of a former kitchen (called “souillarde” by South Westerners) were found there.
Annie and Robert's neighbors told them that a woman called Nancy used to breed goats on the premises. They couldn't give them any other info about the place though.
Annie and Robert immediately thought of turning the barn into a gîte and the works started in the fall of 1995.
a building company made the openings
The stones were repointed. As for the part made of perpend it was roughcast.
When the flue was enlarged, the old beam was broken and the mantel piece fell off.
Mr P., the contractor, built the present fire place called "cantou" over here
Robert did all the rest of the work with the help of Annie (occasionally), of their children, of Marcelin their brother and Didier their nephew.
Have a look at the following photos and compare:
Before and after
The ceiling, the tiling, the woodwork, the electric heating system, the plumbing, the kitchen were completed in 2 and a half years by the owners. They wanted to create a place in their own image.
They got the 3 keys of the “Clévacances” label right away and it has not changed since.
The name “le Vieux Frêne”( The Old Ash Tree) comes from the hollow old tree on the property.
It is said that an owl used to nest there when the house was unoccupied. Réglisse, the owners' cat, loves to hide away in it when it is too hot.
Annie and Robert's first guests ever, a family from the Parisian area, enjoyed the gîte so much that their hosts felt rewarded for all their efforts to fix a pleasant home where to spend dream holidays.
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