Picardy Longères

Longères in Picardy are obviously houses made from bricks. they are without doubt the most charming and incredibly sought-after type of house in France. Buying such a Picardy house is possible and still affordable as they are generally simple yet very pleasant traditional French houses.

The longère is one of the most typical French house types. It is predominantly a rural property found in all departments of Picardy even if not always referred to under this name. It is traditionally built in a rectangular shape; the name itself means rectangular shape in French. In Picardy you will find many longères with walls made of bricks.
  • Similarily to other traditional properties in France, regional materials were often used to build a longères. Thus bricks and stones are typically used in their construction throughout Picardy.
  • Many longères only offer single-storey accommodation. The attic is often converted into a first floor accommodation to increase the available total living area. Originally, the stairs used to the attic were located outside the main part of the traditional Picardy longère to save a considerable amount of space inside the house itself.
  • In Picardy, longères often have flat tiles roofs while in other French regions thatched roofs are the rule. Thus they melt the length of the longères with the particular style given by the use of bricks and flat tiles.
  • The particularity of the 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 longère from most other rural farm dwellings to be found in France.

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