I said on Saturday how it has been seven years since the boys first saw what was to become Eco-Gites of Lenault. We moved here 2 months later and since then things have certainly changed a bit. Here are 6 double pictures of the gite and grounds then and now to show you what I mean.
What was to become the gite was an old hay barn with cattle shed and storage room. It's a bit more habitable now it has been converted I think you might agree!
Next to the gite was an old bakery with crumbling walls and a leaky tin roof. This is now our freezer and storage room and in summer the upstairs is where friends can sleep if they want, so long as they don't mind the odd spider!
|The Old Bakery next to the gite|
In the gite to be, upstairs the entire barn was full of hay, but we managed to scrabble up and get this photo of what was to become the mezzanine bedroom.
Outside it was all very overgrown and full of dilapidated sheds and rubbish. We cleared and flattened the ground to make the play area:
|The Play Area|
The old storage room is now the gite kitchen:
|The Gite Kitchen|
And the old cattle barn I mentioned is the gite living room with the cosy fireplace for winter visits:
|The Gite Living Room|
So that is my story for today - the story of how an old unused barn became a gite that has since welcomed over 70 families from 14 countries worldwide. Hopefully we will welcome many more over the next 7 years. Will you be one of them?