Maine de la Garde
St Martin de Ribérac
The pigeonnier stands a little way from the main house and is thought to have been built before the French Revolution (1789-1799).
Although its original purpose would have been housing doves or pigeons, the existence of a large wood-fired bread oven built
onto one side shows that its use changed many years ago. The previous owners of Maine de la Garde restored it to its present
state, in which it provides comfortable accommodation for two people.
The entrance is on the far side of the pigeonnier from the main
house. Four wooden steps lead down to the main kitchen and living area. This has a sink, refrigerator, gas cooker and hob, electric
kettle, toaster and microwave oven. Unfortunately, the old bread oven is no longer usable!
The living area has two
sofas, chairs and a round table, and a wood-burning stove. A radio/CD player is provided, but there is no television.
lead up from the entrance to the first floor bedroom, which has twin beds, a chest of drawers and hanging space, and a wonderful view.
Off the bedroom is a shower room with wash-basin and toilet.
A couple of electric heaters are provided for the chillier
months. Since there is no central heating, however, the pigeonnier is not available to rent during the winter.
The pigeonnier has its
own garden furniture and barbecue.
... and the bread oven on the right
View from the bedroom window
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