and then built under to make the broom cupboard .............
.......... and with a hearth...........
..........note the tiled floor also!.......
Well folks .... for all of you who have been following the trials and tribulations of the conversion of Les Demoiselles ..... she's finally finished .
Bunty now has the fun of filling it with all the little bits and pieces to make it home
Work continues at a pace with the "doublage" - inner brick skin - going up. Airing cupboard now built and plastering started .......
History of the Conversion of
Les Demoiselles is our latest exciting project, which will create our seventh gite and allow us to give the flexibility of Wednesday or Saturday change-overs.
We are naming it after two ladies who lived there during the late 19th century,
the last of the line of the ‘important’ family that had lived
in Fumel since having it built in the 15th and 16th centuries. They remained
unmarried throughout their lives and hence were always referred to as "Les
They are reputed to have dined off Limoges porcelain and to have drunk from Baccarat crystal glasses. Their ‘bonne femme’ – housemaid - lived in the little tower at the end of our house.
When we purchased Domaine de Fumel 20 years ago, the cottage was lived in by a mute farmhand: it had no sanitation apart from a shallow cast-iron sink and a hot tap fired by a bottled gas water heater. The large fireplace was used for heat and cooking: any other needs were fulfilled within the vines! He lived in the one room only, with his bed curtained off under the stairs.
Les Demoiselles is also french for dragonfly or damselfly.