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 a short walk to all amenities: boulangeries, cafes, restaurants, La Poste, 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.
Living 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 our guests and assisting if and as needed to assure you a wonderful stay.
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!
A little history
Beaulieu sur Dordogne is a traditional small medieval village located on the banks of the Dordogne River in the Correze, Limousin Region. Bordering the Lot there are many nearby attractions, activities and markets to visit. The medieval centre of Beaulieu is the old market square and contains charming medieval houses, some in colombage and others in local traditional stone. One entrance to the old centre is through the La Porte Sainte Catherine, one of the original gateways through the medieval fortifications and is where our property is located. There are many small lanes around the centre to explore many of which have interesting features such as statues or ornamental stonework. The 12th-13th century Abbey Church of Saint-Pierre de Beaulieu on the Place du Marché is a very good example of a Roman-style church and was once part of the Benedictine Abbey around which Beaulieu originally developed. River trips available on the villages traditional gabare Adèle et Clarisse. These river boats were used to transport wood to Bordeaux for oak barrels.