Former restaurateurs convert an ancient bread oven building into a charming Airbnb cottage

Airbnb has any number of unique properties, but this luxurious
cottage in an idyllic French village looks scrumptious enough to
eat. Perhaps that’s because the luxury tiny home rental, now
listed on
, was once an ancient bread cottage. Owner James Roeves
and his wife renovated the old building with the utmost of care,
recycling and incorporating reclaimed materials whenever possible
to convert the structure into a boutique retreat.

stone home with wooden shutters

Located east of Toulouse, Vallée de Gijou is tucked into the
region’s Haut Languedoc Park, an idyllic area comprised of
rolling hills and lush forests. The area is perfect for those
wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life while
enjoying an authentic French agritourism experience.

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interior of tiny home with built-in chimney

Formerly a structure used for its bread oven, the compact cottage has been
renovated carefully to update its living space while retaining the
structure’s original features. According to the owner, James
Roeves, he and his wife renovated the structure, doing most of the
work themselves.

interior of tiny space with spiral staircase

From the start of the adaptive reuse renovation, the project was
focused on reclaiming as many
from the original structure as possible. In the end,
the bed, window sills, sideboards, shutters, bedroom floor tiles,
wardrobe and front walls were all part of the original

dinette set in tiny home

However, to bring the cottage into the 21st century, the process
also required some modern touches. To keep the interior warm and
cozy during the winter months, the structure is tightly insulated, and
the windows are double-glazed to reduce heating costs.

modern kitchen with wood countertops

A bright, modern kitchen has all of the amenities a home chef
could need. Beyond the kitchen, a comfortable living room features
a sofa and chair along with a flat-screen television. This space
also includes a small table that was made out of recovered wood

bedroom with wooden beams exposed in the ceiling

At the heart of the living area is a wood-burning
Esse Bakeheart that has its own oven, a cooking plate and a grill
that slides into the firebox for char-grilling. Of course, for
those guests who prefer to leave their oven mitts at home, the
owners are former restaurateurs who are happy to provide full
catering prepared with fresh local produce.

bed with wooden planks as headboard

The rest of the home is just as lovely, with a spiral staircase
leading up to a spacious bedroom. A queen-sized bed sits in the
middle of the room, which has a spacious vaulted ceiling with
exposed wooden beams for an extra dose of charm.

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Images via James Roeves

outdoor area with seating

Source: FS – All – Ecology – News 2
Former restaurateurs convert an ancient bread oven building into a charming Airbnb cottage