Our 300 years plus property was previously part of the wider farm buildings behind our property owned for generations by a local nobleman and were used as ‘chais’ for the local production of cognac. In the mid 19th century the grape vine virus phylloxera had a devastating effect on many of the smaller vineyards – our property was separated from the buildings behind it, sold off and was then run as a small farm growing mainly cereals. The couple who owned it died childless and it became quite derelict until we bought it in 1989.
The building was just a shell when we began our renovation project and love affair with France, many years of hard work has resulted in what you see today!
Below are just a few photos of the various stages of renovation for those of you who may be interested.
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