I don’t know whether stones carry within themselves the weight of history and the memory of past events. All I know is that all kinds of things have happened within these walls and that you feel good here; at peace... No, the building’s eight centuries of being lived in don’t appear to have left any spirits or ghosts behind them. But if they have, it must be a good genie who brings rest and relaxation!
The oldest part is believed to date back to the 12th or 13th century, and the rest to the 15th century. You might be surprised at having a rooftop terrace at a height of 12 metres. It’s because the house incorporates an ancient tower which used to provide a refuge for the inhabitants of the village when they were under attack.
If stones could talk, they would tell you about the lives of the peasants, the English garrisons who chose to make the village their home after the battle of Azincourt, the religious wars, the pilgrims on the Regordane Way, silk production inside the walls, and the days when this was the village grocer’s...
If stones could talk, they would also tell you about the occasion when a house in a sad state of dilapidation, with its pride wounded, met two purchasers backed up by an architect with a passion... Artisans of all trades worked tirelessly to give the house a lustre that it might never have known before. It was a slow process, very slow, but this is the result.
The sequel is writ on our walls. Come and listen.