It’s taken us a little longer than planned, but we’re proud to unveil Ferme Blanche’s cosy new sitting room, complete with super-efficient log stove. In keeping with our eco-friendly principles, we’ve done most of the work ourselves, and recycled and re-used materials where we can. The insulation is wood fibre, we re-pointed the stone walls using lime mortar, and cleaned up and re-used the wood from the old roof on the walls (I polished each plank by hand, it took weeks!). The lovely wood burner is second hand and provides the main source of heat for the sitting room and hall. It weighs a ton though, Al and his mates nearly broke their backs moving it into place. Feedback from guests so far has been great, they love the sitting room’s homely feel and relaxing with a book by the stove.