Yesterday we signed the paperwork and got the keys for the property that will become both our home and our business. After several years in the planning, we have done it!
The building slap bang on the high street of Belvès, one of France’s plus beaux villages, is ours.
I have to admit to being a little teary-eyed yesterday as we went back to the property after our meeting with the notaire. With the acte authentique signed, the goal we’ve been working towards these past few years is becoming a reality.
Now the hard work really begins.
We’re going to make a start today on stripping wallpaper. Yes, in 36°C heat.
The proper building work can’t start till after mid-September, though. That’s because we’re on the high street of a touristic village.
A skip outside is a no-no during the peak season, the mairie told has us. We understand completely.
“By this time next year, our cheese-and-wine bar will be up and running”
We had some good news last week about the work we want to have done to the façade. The Architecte des Bâtiments de France has given us the go ahead to replace the front window with bifold doors.
We’ll have that work done in the coming months.
We also need to install four shower rooms upstairs and a toilet downstairs, convert the attic and reconfigure the layout a bit. It’s all very exciting.
And most importantly, by this time next year, our cheese-and-wine bar will be up and running. We’ll have guest accommodation upstairs too.
When you get a moment, please raise a glass to wish us well! And if you’re in Dordogne next year, come and raise one of our glasses…!