Some Longère-style houses can be found in predominantly rural areas of Aquitaine. Longeres are found foremost in areas along the Atlantic coast. They are lengthwise houses, the name itself meaning “rectangular shape” in French.
The longère is traditionally oriented with the back of the house facing the dominant wind direction. Similarily to other traditional properties in France, regional materials were often used to build a longère. Many longères offer accommodation on only one story. Often the attic is converted into a first floor accommodation to increase the total living area available. Originally, the stairs used to access that attic were located outside the main part of the longere house, to save space in the house itself. They are also common in Brittany, Normandy and other areas of western France.
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