Maison Bellachonne is a three-storey townhouse situated in the centre of the medieval town of Bellac. It is typical of houses in the town with a beautiful central staircase made from local chestnut wood and two barns on the ground floor (where they used to keep their livestock). We have been told it was a Dental surgery in earlier times, but we know that the last French owners were the Roby family who owned the house since the 1920s – Monsieur Roby was the Notaire (solicitor) in the town, and after his death, peacefully in his office on the lst floor!, his wife lived alone in the house until the 1980s – and eventually she moved into a nursing home after their daughter Jeanne got married and became Madame Blanc. (She died 2 years ago at 93 as the Blanc family stayed with us for her funeral). The house then remained empty for around 20 years when it fell into considerable disrepair. An English couple bought it in 2003 and replaced the roof before selling it a year later to another English man who transformed it into a chambres d’hotes.