|The Old Notaire’s House|
Like so many French houses, ours has been in the same family for generations and has evolved over decades. We've pieced together the history of the house and think it's something like this.
The family lived (and still own) a large house in the medieval centre of the town. Originally they had been involved in the fabric industry. There are two large granite objects in the garden and we were told that they were ancient dye vats. At some point the family purchased an old house with land so they could keep some horses. They built some rather grand stables and a small granite house for the 'gardiens' who looked after the livestock. During the early 20th century Madame said she wanted a garden and so the stable block was converted - living accommodation upstairs and offices on the ground floor. The owner was the town notaire, and two generations of notaires followed. Over time some of the land was sold but we are left with a nice size garden with lots of specimen trees.
|Park style garden|
The main house is habitable but needs a lot of work including reconfiguring the spaces. Downstairs is a large entrance hall and a summer kitchen (well a room with a large sink in it!) which was the ground floor of the gardiens house. Then there are the four notaire's rooms, which include two ancient safes, and were the original stables plus we have a garage and a cellar.
|Very slippery stairs|
|Doors onto the balcony|
Still attached to the main house, but the other side of the gates, is the shell of the original house. It does have a new roof but inside has been stripped bare.
|The original house|
The roof is fine and we do have a central heating boiler that is only three years old (shame the radiators aren't!). We have magical gates, a perfect size garden and a beautiful view over Correze town.
|View over Correze town|