The house is in the small (population 260) commune of Les Cresnays, and is about
2km south and west of Brecey, about 8km from La Bagottiére. The house is about 65m
above sea level, compared with 300m before. This should mean about 2 degrees milder
throughout the year, and three or four weeks less winter.
The house is an old farm longére, extended about 15 years ago. It has about 175 m2
of living area. It has 8000m2 of land, and there is a small stream running along
the border at the far end.
The previous owner started to extend it, and convert the attic to a habitable floor.
He did all the hard work, extension, repointing, clearing the attic, new roofs and
so on, but then just stopped. 15 years ago. The house was used for holidays in its
unfinished state, but has been unused for the last ten years.
We carried out a major project to complete the house: two big bedrooms with shower
rooms, and a huge working area. Plus (geotherrmal) central heating, and a staircase
to the upper floor.
These sets of pictures show the work as it progressed. As of the end of August 2011,
all the interior work has been completed, and most of the exterior; just sorting
out the building rubble and the old garage, of whih we intend to knock down haldfof;
the rest has been turned into a gardenn shed, within the old walls.