Raising the Bar!
In the Spring of 2003, the family Black launched their search for a new life in France. Scouring departments on all corners of the compass and in between, they passed through a little known, but very beautiful and unspoilt department called Corrèze. Their first visit to the Capital of Corrèze was memorable in that they were not looking for it. They navigated the Town and found themselves impressed with the Gothic architecture of this bustling small city, with the bubbling Corrèze river coursing through its centre, winding past the glorious cathedral and traditional farmers’ markets. A cobbled market square revealed a plethora of independent artisanal shops: boulangeries, boucheries, chocolatiers, pâtissiers, èpiceries - all kinds of specialist shops galore! Also, milliners, lingerie, wine merchants, fromageries, coiffures, bijouterie - and so much more!
After stopping for a bite to eat in one of the many bistros, restaurants and bars, they continued replenished. On driving past the exit signs they had in fact just visited … TULLE !
Their journey, where ever else it took them in France, returned them 3 times. Clearly they were destined to settle in Tulle – but where? To the despair of Estate Agents and Notaries alike they insisted on viewing an old abandoned and dilapidated ruin, just on the edge of Tulle – it was neither in the Town, nor in the country – yet benefited from both. Finally, under its spell they decided to commit their investment to Tulle and the department of Corrèze by saving the distressed and tired 15thc granite mullioned stone Manor House - Domaine de Peyrafort, formerly the ‘Fief de Peyrafort’ - and return it to its former glory. The plan was to turn the Manor House into a self financing Maison d’hôte business and family home – their chosen host town of Tulle within the Department of Corrèze at that time being only a fledgling tourist destination.
The spring of 2004 saw the beginning of the restoration of the Manor...