Sunday, December 13, 2015

Early Montegut history

The house we call Montegut had a long history before a Dargeles called it home.  Montegut has been farmed since the 1600's when the original house was less than 1/4 of the size of the current barn!.

According to family lore the exiting house was built in the early 1800's in the quintessential Gascon farm house style. It began as a single large room, approximately 18' x 18' or about 6 square meters, The room originally served as the kitchen/dining area as well as the sleeping area. An enormous fireplace nearly 2.5 meters square kept the family warm in the very cold damp winters.  To the right of the fireplace is a hand carved stone sink from a single piece of local granite with a small drain hole.Water was efficiently directed through the outside wall to the kitchen garden area. Hand crafted fruit wood cabinets were added much later.

 In many of the Gascony history books you will see photos of elderly family members sitting on a short legged chairs almost inside the fireplace.

The following photos were taken in early 2007 before we began the slow renovation.


Fast forward another generation or two and a second story was added to the house.  Now there were four large rooms. With an elegant Oak and Walnut staircase and beautifully carved solid pecan doors at the entry to the bedrooms. Montegut didn't change much until the 1960's when indoor plumbing was added.

There is some speculation that these carved doors look suspiciously like the oldest doors at a nearby Abbey which is currently being renovated after years of decline.

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