French Pigeonnier being restored in SW France

French Pigeonnier being restored

French Pigeonnier being restored

Whenever we go for walks around this area we come across Pigeonniers – I’ve read somewhere that the Midi Pyrenees has the largest number of Pigeonniers in SW France, don’t know if this is true but there does seem to be a lot. This lovely Pigeonnier near Parisot  is being restored and converted to a house.

Wonderful carpentry inside the roof

Wonderful carpentry inside the roof

The carpentry inside is a complex mix of angles and reflects the original vernacular style of this type of Pigeonnier, all oak trusses and wooden pegs and now heavily insulated.

The original wooden stairs

The original wooden stairs

The owner is trying to retain as much as possible of the original structure and will keep and restore these stairs as well as the original floorboards. The Romans originally brought pigeons to France for food and to provide compost for the land and the building of a special house known as a Pigeonnier to house the pigeons was a sign of wealth and status. I’m not sure how old this one is.

Inside on the first floor -fireplace on the back wall

Inside on the first floor – fireplace on the back wall and old stone sink with water exit on left, the little oval window is known as an ‘oeil-de-boeuf” a bullseye and you see them over France

DSC_0025The Pigeonnier is being tiled with French clay tiles – I’ll take some more photos when it’s finished.

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