Long uninhabited and in very poor condition we purchased this ‘maison en peril’, a 3 storey colombage building in 2007. Located in the heart of the old centre of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne the building dates back to the 15th century and faces the beautiful 12th century church. Late 2009 we commenced work to restore and convert the building into 3 one bedroom holiday apartments and a small commerce space at road level.
Great care was taken to restore the original colombage facade and during works a rare medieval wood carved window framing was uncovered on the 1st level. Original ceiling beams have been saved in 2 apartments and the grand stone fireplaces on the first and second levels have been integrated into the kitchens. Stunning views of the church, roof tops of Beaulieu and surrounding hillsides are seen from the top floor apartment, La Charente, and scenes of the church, and village life are had from the other two.
Centrally located and within walking distance to all amenities: boulangeries, cafes, restaurants, pharmacies and grocery stores. The Dordogne River is just a short walk from the house can be crossed on foot by the passerelle. On the opposite shore many activities are available including canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming in the river or the swimming pool, tennis and petanque.
5 years in all to finish the work and honestly, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The memories of -8C and snowing inside, endless rubble, load after load of sand and cement blocks, framing, laughs, learning new skills, improving my French, getting to know our neighbours, making new friends to welcoming our first guests. Would I do it all over again.....in a heartbeat!
I am from Southern California married to an englishman and we live in a nearby village. We purchased this property in the hope of sharing this beautiful part of France with others. We look forward to welcoming you and providing assistance as needed to ensure you have a wonderful stay. à bientot!