We don’t sit still for long in the Robins’ household either; always a project on the go!
Sam is still busy renovating our house and running the small gite but we are looking to expand. We were searching for a house in the same village but when we found the one we wanted, it wasn't just a house. It came attached to a large industrial property!
So, we've signed a first contract to buy the historic Tannerie in Trie-Chateau, that was otherwise at risk of demolition and launched crowd-funding (via HelloMerci) to try to raise the investment needed to save it, renovate it and eventually develop a real project for the population of Trie and the surrounding area.
We will start with renting the rooms in the house, then the industrial parts and finally reinvest to get ERP 3 status and transform it into a dépôt-vente and cultural / arts centre (courses, exhibitions, support for vulnerable and isolated people). Sam will manage it, however, he won’t take a salary for the first 2-3 years until all our investors have been reimbursed, so pocket money from other projects such as brocantes and selling organic veggie baskets will have to keep coming in.
The project combines historic interest, architectural protection, support for small business and a rural community. We'd be really grateful if you could spread the word! And the link to the page is here: https://www.hellomerci.com/fr/projects/la-tannerie-a-trie-chateau.
For investments of €200 or above, we are offering a free stay in the gîte. For larger investments (over €1,000), we are also offering 2% interest.