Young couple transforms old Loire cave in unique home/rental




Alexis Lamoureux was looking for affordable housing for himself and his girlfriend Lotte van Riel when he rediscovered his great aunt’s old troglodyte home for sale by the local government in Amboise, France.

It had been abandoned for 35 years and in danger of collapse so the young couple picked it up for very little. Unable to get a bank loan, they decided to do as much of the work as possible themselves and to continue working (Lamoureux as a bartender) to pay for others to do the structural work.

Over the following four years, Lamoureux and van Riel- both previously inexperienced in the trades- learned to plumb, wire and tile and created a stunning, modern cave home. “We were lucky enough to have a project and focus on it so all the money we had we just invested it in the place,” explains Lamoureux. Adds van Riel, “We stopped traveling, we just worked, worked, worked.”

When they finished their own home, they turned a second cave on the property, at one time used to store coal- into a nightly rental.

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17 Comments

  1. August 29, 2017
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    Any ghosts?

  2. orbitalchiller
    September 4, 2017
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    French people who speak fluent english ??!! What sorcery is this ?! :p

  3. Thunder Victor
    September 4, 2017
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    WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO LIVE.THE WORK THEY DID IS VERY IMPRESSIVE.I WONDER HOW MUCH THEIR BILLS ARE?? THE PLACE LOOKS SO BRIGHT AND VERY WELL DONE.

  4. FBShoppingNow
    September 19, 2017
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    omg

  5. Gidgy Gold
    September 28, 2017
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    Gorgeous absolutely gorgeous

  6. Empress
    September 29, 2017
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    My anxeity can't allow me to enter that "cave" let alone live there.

  7. Colin Blankenship
    October 9, 2017
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    very nice

  8. Curtis Burnham
    October 19, 2017
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    Thank you Kirsten for all of your hard work.

  9. Pamela Chadwell
    October 20, 2017
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    I love this place!

  10. Sharon Keller
    November 10, 2017
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    I enjoyed seeing this very unusual home, it's wonderful!

  11. creolelady182
    November 18, 2017
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    I would like a house like this. I just love caves period!

  12. creolelady182
    November 18, 2017
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    I dont know if I like it all monotone- i need some color

  13. Stranger Happened
    November 26, 2017
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    This channel is great, but it badly needs a proper stabilizing camholder device. Yes, it is not cheap — from $800 to $8000 or something — but it’s worth it.

  14. sokhib Abdurasulov
    December 3, 2017
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    I admire everything about this couple and their work

  15. Barbara-Louisa walker
    December 6, 2017
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    love the French cave.. so lovely.

  16. Robert H Cochran
    December 7, 2017
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    I LOVE YOUR CAVE !

  17. Melanie
    December 10, 2017
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    I was shocked when they walked in!

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