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Longères are found predominantly in regions

of western

France and usually towards the

coast. One of the most quintessential

of French property

types, these are rural properties

built in rectangular shape (as

the name suggests) normally

with their back facing the most

likely wind direction for protection. As with other traditional

properties, regional materials

are used in their construction

- such as granite in Brittany.

Many longères originally offered

accommodation on only one

storey, with attics later converted to provide

extra accommodation. Quite often

the stairs

used to access the attic were

located outside the main part

of the house - to save room

inside. This type of dwelling

is most common in Brittany

and Normandy, however in the

Aquitaine region, longères were

LONGÈRE

BRITTANY

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Traditional longère

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large feature fireplaces usually

at either end of the house or in

the sitting or dining rooms. To

the front of a traditional Charentaise

house will be a courtyard,

usually enclosed with

several outbuildings or barns.

It is also common to find a well

- a boon for keen gardeners

during the long sunny summers

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Charentaise houses are traditional to the western

coastal

areas of France and are predominantly found

throughout

Poitou-Charentes all the way

down to Bordeaux. Although

they vary in size, these are practical properties

in both layout

and features and are usually

spread over one or two storeys.

They are built of local stone

topped off with red clay roof

tiles. Inside the house stones

and beams are exposed with

CHARENTAISE

often provided as accommodation for

vine-growers or forest

labourers. Here they would be

built of a timber frame with

living room and bedroom having interconnecting

doorways.

For farming families the house

would also be their workplace

and thus needed to provide

useful rooms for each purpose.

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