Les Journées du Patrimoine 2009.
We were asked to open our house to the public on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September 2009 for the European Heritage Weekend - Les Journées du Patrimoine. Despite the showery weather and the fact that it was the first time we had been asked officially to participate, we had a great time!
It was exciting seeing our house printed in the official magazine for the Aquitaine Region and putting up signs and posters in readiness for the afternoon visits. It was worrying not knowing who would turn up (if anyone!). We had over 20 visitors on the Saturday at a steady pace which meant we had the time to show everyone around the outside and inside of our home.
The Sunday was quite different! We had about 100 visitors in the afternoon and we did our best!!
Hopefully everyone who came enjoyed the tours and I know that we enjoyed sharing our home and its history with so many people. We have page after page filled in our Visitors Book with some wonderful comments, by so many of the visitors; thank you very much indeed!! We had an impressive mix of nationalities - English, French, Dutch, Belgian, German, Swedish and American!!
Les Journées du Patrimoine 2010 - 2018
Following the success of 2009 we have opened every year since (and by appointment from April – October). We have worked in conjunction with "Les Amis de la Roche Blanche", an association dedicated to preserving the memory of the quartz and the site at St Paul la Roche. They have held exhibitions and guided tours of the site of the Roche Blanche etc. It seems to work well, visitors could see our house and the exhibitions etc., 2 for the price of 1!
The weather has not always been kind but the number of visitors is still very impressive. We have on average between 150 – 200 visitors over the two days; our record was in 2017 when we had nearly 300!!
As we sometimes have a lot of people at once, we do apologise to those who have had to wait or perhaps did not get the chance to see everything properly (come back again!), at times we really felt that we were under invasion!
Having said that, we found it as much of a thrill and pleasure to share our home with so many people who are interested in the heritage and history of France, it really does make all the hard work so worth while. Again, we have had a great number of wonderful comments covering many pages in our Visitors Book, now well into the second volume, which has now become part of the history of the house.
We opened our house to the public on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September 2014 as part of Les Journées du Patrimoine and as part of an historical and geological circuit, organised by the tourist offices of Jumilhac-le-Grand and Lanouille.
In 2017 we were part of a Knights Templar circuit in the area organised by the Tourist Office in Thiviers, yet another way in which we are only to happy to help and participate in order to promote the heritage and tourism in our area.