First floor of Lasgorceix
Open, the door and you discover a floor made of large flat stone. The walls are also made of stones. This is a typical house of the area. We have not modified anything in this room, except the filling between the stones. The tiles on the floor probably originate from the "Abbaye de Grandmond" that disappeared at the end of the 18th century. Grandmond is just 5 minute drive from here.
There is still a little church but all the building of the ancient abbey have all disappeared and can be found in most of the farm building around.
Just right after the entry door, on the right, an old sink is still there. It is not used anymore (of course).
This fireplace gives a very cosy and warm atmosphere in winter time. It is very convenient.
In fact it has been modified. The basement is new. When we bought the house, there was no basement. Fire was just made on the ground. Of course a lot of smoke could not go out and all the walls and the ceiling were deep black. We had to sandblast it in order to remove the black dust.
We found (in a book) how to determine the height of the basement so that the smoke would go out and not be a pain. Now it is just fantastic.
A long time ago, there used to be an oven but no one in the village ever seen it.
Look at this picture and you can understand that there used to be an oven. It has all collapsed and probably the stones were used afterwards to build the barn beside (which is now the dining room).
In fact now, it is not only a fireplace but also an efficient heating system. We have installed a system called "Polyflam". Just look at the site for details because it would be too long and difficult to explain here. To make a long story short, let's say it is also an improved kind of stove. As we can have wood localy, it is an excellent (and ecological) way to heat up the house, but this system is only used when we have guests. When the house is rent as a gite, we ask our customers to use it as a classical fireplace because it is not easy to use (quite technical).
Can you see the date carved in the wood ? It is 1768. Is it the date when the house was built ? No one knows. But considering the pile stones on the floor and the kind of stones used to build up the house and also the other houses around, we can assume that they all originate from Grandmont. As it disappeared in the end of the 18th century... it is probably true.
In between the sink and the staircase, there is a shelf that has become naturally a bookshelf.
The kitchen is behind the living room. It is fully fully equiped : cooker with 5 burners, washing machine, dishwasher, two fridges (necessary for large groups), freezer, coffee machine, kettle, etc ...
The dining room is behind the fireplace. We can access the dining room from the kitchen too.
There is a large table with 2 benches and a dresser with all the dishes. There are also 2 other tables. On one side, a large red bay window and on the other side a door that opens to the meadow on the other side of the house.
This is a picture of the back of the house. In summer it is very pleasant to have a rest on the large green chairs, sun bathing or reading a book. There are also all kind of furniture for the outside. From this place we have a large view on the meadow and the swings.
Our two poneys Pompon and Pomponnette appreciate when there are people in the house. They are sure they can grab something to eat. Yes, it may be difficult to have a quiet breakfast ! They like to eat bread and cakes, but we can only give them a little bit to eat. Poneys must not eat too much because it could be very harmful to them. But occasionnally we can give them a piece of bread, considering it is like a candy.
The meadow is great for children !