At the number 19bis of an ordinary street in Amboise, Loire Valley, there was a cave and a guy bought it for 1 Euro. Now it’s a modern good looking house and Bed & Breakfast.
This article is about the story of Alexis Lamoureux and how, at the age of 23, he converted an abandoned “troglodyte ruin” into a sweet house for him and his girlfriend.
The cave belonged to Alexis’ great aunt and when he decided to buy it for just one Euro, it was like a ruin, full of trash, with no electricity, running water and a sewage system.
In a period when it’s difficult to find a job, Alexis and his girlfriend, Lotte van Reil, were looking for an affordable solution and they came with the idea to live into a cave.
But they didn’t intend to jump back into the past and become the next Flinstones family.
They had something else in mind: transform it into a lovely modern house with all the comforts we are used to nowadays.
All the banks rejected a request for a loan, therefore, they decided to do everything alone, financing themselves by working at Alexis’ father restaurant and taking care of the renovation works.
Now, after a lot of hard work and 35,000 Euros spent, the disgusting cave became a lovely home. With two bedrooms, one kitchen, an 180° view terrace, an Internet connection and a separate one-bedroom section, it’s currently listed on Airbnb for 75 Euros per night.
This was a dream become true for the couple, and now that the transformation is complete, the Amboise Troglodyte Bed & Breakfast is available to everyone. Isn’t it an ideal place to enjoy a peaceful stay in a traditional French cave home?
You can see the difference between the before and after renovation on this video interview.
Would you live into a cave? Are you afraid that the rock will collapse on you during your sleep? That cave is still there after a long time…and it’s not the only one, so why should it happen now?