L'Auberdiere en Normandie is a fully restored 18th Century traditional stone farmhouse, located in Calvados, France. I have owned L'Auberdiere for 5 years and in 2015 I opened the property as a boutique, self-catering holiday Gite. L'Auberdiere is a traditional granite stone farmhouse dating back to the 18th Century. When it was built, a traditional free-standing bakery building was also built adjacent to the main farmhouse. This bakery building would have produced all the bread for the farm and produce to be sold at market as an income source for the property. Over the generations and with the ravages of two World Wars, farms were broken up and down-sized as families moved and the impacts of years of occupation took a toll on many families. L'Auberdiere today sits on 8 Acres of pasture land and orchard and the bakery building has sadly fallen into a state of disrepair. Having fully restored the farmhouse in 2014, I am now looking to rescue the bakery building by restoring it as a garden room with attached viewing deck for all guests of L'Auberdiere en Normandie to enjoy during their stays.
I am going to be doing all the work myself, however, in order to get the project completed by the upcoming summer season, I need help with funding the project. The bakery is approx. 4 metres by 3 metres in size, with an original stone chimney and fire place. The stone walls are close to 2 feet thick and the traditional slate or thatched roof was replaced with a corrugated tin roof approx. 30 years ago. The work needed to complete this project comprises roofing, grouting, stonework, flooring, windows, lintels, door and frame, wood-burner, insulating, guttering, electrical wiring, decking and gravel laying. This is all work I will be doing myself in order to minimise the costs of the project and I am experienced in all aspects except the electrical wiring which I will need to have certified by an electrician who I have already lined up for the project if it is successful. Your funding support will be utilised to purchase all the materials and equipment I need to complete the renovation in the timescale I have stated.
In return for your funding support pledge of £250 I am offering a free week self-catering holiday at L'Auberdiere en Normandie in either September, October, November of this year (2016) for January, February next year (2017) for up to 6 guests. For smaller pledges I thank you for supporting my project and enabling me to rescue this historic building.
Please visit my L'Auberdiere en Normandie website at www.normandyfarmstay.com to see the whole property and the holiday accommodation you would be rewarded with for your pledge.
Thank you for your interest in my project!