History of the House
It is believed this 200 year old stone house was constructed in two stages. It was most likely built around the start of the nineteenth century and older photographs taken in the mid 1850’s imply the house was a well established one storey dwelling. It was probably occupied by peasant farmers, with entrance to a cellar down the outside steps that still exist beside the house. The second storey and internal wooden stairway seem to have been added in the mid to late nineteenth century.
Originally, entry from the street was down the stairs through what is now the toilet. Note the old caste iron hinges in the walls up by the windows.
In earlier times, farm animals were kept overnight in the cellar beneath the house, both for protection for the stock during the harsh winters as well as to provide a source of natural heating to the residents (albeit there would have been the animal fragrances to contend with.) There are still rusty old metal rings in the cellar walls which show where the animals were tethered.
The covered public walk way under the house may have been an original entrance way to the village from the north eastern grazing slopes. The grand old archway a few metres along the street beside the restaurant was originally the northern gateway into the village, and you will find massive old hinges in the stonework.
The small locked shed under the balcony was built as a pig pen during the German occupation of WWII, and has been converted to its present use as storage. Food was particularly scarce during those times. The locals talk of the many people who risked , and lost, their lives to get food to the Resistance fighters operating in the hills above the village.
The large fire place in the downstairs salon is not the original, although it has been reconstructed using a lot of the original brick materials. The permanent neighbour on the northern side, “Lou Lou”, who speaks a little English, especially with a whisky in his hand, can remember as a boy when his father rebuilt the fireplace over 60 years ago.