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.
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 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.