The "Cabanes du Breuil" are located in the Calpalmas area of Saint-André-d'Allas, 9 km from Sarlat and 12 km from Les Eyzies.
They are farm outbuildings dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Their origins remain a mystery, but we do know that they served as rural dwellings for the Benedictines of Sarlat until the mid-15th century.
Then, in the 18th and 19th centuries, they became artisan workshops.
The particularity of these cabins is that they are covered by a dry-stone vault, covered by a woollen roof and glued together.
They are attached to the neighboring farm, which dates back to 1841.
These old stones have been protected as Sites since 1968 and classified as Monuments Historiques since 1995.
The huts are architecturally unified in their forms and construction methods, reminiscent of the huts that appeared from the middle of the 18th century to the end of the 19th.
A group of five cabins form an arc next to the farmhouse:
- the first two buildings merge into one, giving the impression of a single triple-roofed structure;
- the next two huts are set at right angles to each other and lean against each other;
- a group of two other huts, also leaning against each other and linked by the roof, stands parallel to the first group a few metres further up the slope;
- finally, further upstream, a small and a large isolated hut, plus a small one at the entrance to the site.
The originality of the site has not escaped the notice of film and TV directors: it was used as a set for the films "Sleeping Beauty", "Jacquou le croquant" by Stellio Lorenzi, "D'Artagnan" and "Les Misérables" by Robert Hossein!
The hamlet can be visited all year round (by reservation from November to March, except during school vacations).
Adjacent to the Cabanes du Breuils, a lauzes quarry invites you to discover dry-stone construction techniques.
Cabanes du Breuil
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