We have acquired the domain of La Gravette in February 2001, looking specifically in this area as this is where our family is from. We fell in love with this little village of La Gravette, its main house, its outbuildings, its barn, its bread oven and its 9 ha of surroundings.
A long period of work started: drainage around the different buildings, repair of the roofs, prunning of the trees, renovation of the stone walls, cleaning of the surroundings. While removing a bush of ivy, we discovered the foundations of this well, and we restored it to its originial shape.
We have created and built the large terrace over the park, by recyling the stones from an old pigpen. It was originally situated where the grass area is on the side of the stabble. The park has been redesigned and several trees have been moved closer to the surrounding walls.
We started working on the stabble in order to organize a family wedding at la Gravette. This building was in a very bad shape and was still used to protect different agricultiral engines. Some horse stalls and a hay attic were also included.
Two years of work were needed to clean the surroundings and renovate the wood structure. To close the stabble, we chose to add a wood panel with a large door, very common in the "marais poitevin" area. Finally, we built three doors on the other side to open the stabble towards the park and the courtyard.
In 2009, the domain of La Gravette received the ERP label and could officially open its door to the public. It was followed by the renovation of the guest house to provide lodging on site, the renovation of the caterer kitchen, and the progressive purchase of the equipment for the reception room.