D8E9733-Modifier.jpgFerme en carré, église et maison en pierre du Condroz.
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Terres-de-Meuse landmarks

At the turn of a path along our countryside, it’s common to come across pretty chapels at the foot of an age-old tree, to leave behind crosses, potals or ancient fountains, to admire half-timbered buildings and to set off again with a wandering soul and a light heart towards new adventures…

And then what about those emblematic square farms characteristic of our region. With their sometimes impressive dimensions, the censes of Hesbaye and Condroz can be seen in practically every village in the region. Farm store, reception venue, home to the stills used to make whisky, starting point for a country golf course, educational farm, gîtes or chambres d’hôtes… many of them have taken on a new direction.


The village and its farms

In Hesbaye and Condroz, most of the beautiful buildings date back to the 18th century,
as many were rebuilt in brick (especially in Hesbaye)
and stone (more so in Condroz) at this time.
Often in these wealthy regions, around these few monumental farms clustered in the center of the village,
a multitude of small farms once stretched along the roadway.
The village of Warnant, with its numerous farmhouses in a row, is a wonderful example of the richness of rural heritage.


The quadrilateral farmhouse

An evolution through time

Most square farmhouses are the result of historical evolution. They are the fruit of several construction campaigns. Rarer are the homogeneous buildings built all at once. In many cases, they are of late date, appearing only in the 18the and 19the centuries.

The quadrilateral farmhouse was intended to serve three functions: housing, grain storage and livestock stables. All the buildings grouping these elements were distributed around the courtyard.

Most of these farms are used, today, as dwellings, some have been converted into gites or educational farms.

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