Built in the style favoured by Napoleon the third, in the later half of the nineteenth century, the main structure has a slate roof (considered a sign of wealth at the time as it had to be imported). The roof is topped off with two girouettes (weathervanes).
The weathervanes had a practical purpose, which was to inform the passing pilgrims what a particular property might offer as services. The house is on the ‘Chemin de Compostela’ which translates as ‘Path of Compostela’. This is the route taken by pilgrims to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain.
The traditional construction is of local stone, with walls 80cm thick. This helps to regulate the temperature both summer and winter. The large windows allow in plenty of light and an airy feel. The external shutters are also used to regulate the light and temperature plus adding extra security when leaving the house unattended.
The house feels very private, with lovely walled garden which makes gardening a pleasure.