Limousin Longere

Traditional Longere houses in Limousin are a bit different from the classic west-of-France longere. Its aspect is more massive, and the roof bears red tiles, contratily to what can be seen in Brittany and Normandy.

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The longère is one of the most typical French house types. It is predominantly a rural property type, traditionally built in a rectangular shape. The name itself means rectangular shape in French.

  • The longere 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 Longere. Granite is typically used in the construction of Longeres throughout Limousin and other regions of France.
  • Many longères only offer single storey accommodation, even if in Limousin many longeres offer more space than the typical longere French house. 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.
  • Longere houses are not only common in Limousin but also found in Normandy, Aquitaine, and other areas of western France.


  • As you can see from the photos, the particularity of Longères is that all the outbuildings are laid out in a row. Thus there is no real farmyard or courtyard area in front of the house. This a common feature that distinguishes the Longere from most other rural farm dwellings found in Limousin.

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