The new little end window which is built over the lovely old stone sink
Once emptied out and with the front wall rebuilt, the large floor area of this future gite becomes apparent.......
Bathroom awaiting the installation of the sanitaryware and tiling...............future walk-in shower on the left, toilet, bath and wash-basin
Just love the little niche over the bath!!
History of the Conversion of
La Résistance is our latest exciting project, which will create our eighth gite and allow us to give the flexibility of Wednesday or Saturday change-overs.
We are naming it La Résistance after its place in the Second World War, where it was a hiding place for the Resistance fighters, who were secreted away in the attic. Because of the proximity of Boisse and Issigeac to the gunpowder factory, La Poudérie, just outside of Bergerac, the whole area was heavily occupied by the Germans during the war. This area was also near to the dividing line between occupied France and Vichy Free France, all of which gave rise to much underground activity by Resistance fighters - le Maquis. Consequently the German Gestapo and SS troops continually harassed the French population all around to discover these resistance fighters, often forcing the inhabitants to denounce them under pain of death or worse atrocities. Domaine de Fumel, being isolated at that time and somewhat lost in the wooded countryside of the surrounding land, was a natural spot for hiding the brave fighters of the War. We are proud that our property played its part in that sad era of France's history and commemorate that in the naming of our latest gîte.
The new door leading out to the covered patio area.
Plastering to the ground floor is now completed!
The trials and tribulations of building and fitting the beechwood staircase ........ this involved cutting through the outside wall into the passage!
Dave does actually work ... and on his own!!
And when the weather was kind, the outside wall could be rendered.
Just love the little round peep hole to get the view from the covered patio!!