Long life to the castle - château de Miramont d'en bas

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Long life to the castle - château de Miramont d'en bas

<p>Hi there!</p> <p>We are appealing for donations in order to continue the renovation work of a wonderful 15th century building: <strong>the <em>Ch&acirc;teau de Miramont d&#39;en bas</em>.</strong></p> <p>Since the end of 2017, we have been striving to bring this place back to life by pursuing what led us to this purchase: the collective renovation of a historic property. The &ldquo;Welcoming&rdquo; of all, especially those with atypical backgrounds, is the cornerstone of this project.</p> <p>We are David and Alice, managers of the legal real estate organization &quot;A roof above all&quot;, which we created when we bought the place. David wanted to build, work with large structures, with stones, lime, sand and especially metal and wood. As for me, I was dreaming of a welcoming space that would allow everyone to consolidate themselves, to have access to trees, to create a quiet and peaceful place that would reinforce the power of people to act.</p> <p>We dreamed of the Pyrenees and Ari&egrave;ge in particular. An incongruous announcement- in the French online small ads site Leboncoin- about a castle in the Couserans area, turned this dream into reality.</p> <p>It was in January 2017 that David and I came across this old building and the descendants of the Lady of the Portrait. We met and chose each other.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/680433/1366_chateau_facade_1_-1598695668.jpg" width="100%" /></p> <p><strong>We will save this castle !! </strong>as our predecessors did, thanks to and with a collective of inhabitants (the &quot;chatelain.e.s&quot;) who share common human, ecological, cultural and social values.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/680441/a_table-1598699878.jpg" width="100%" /></p> <p>In two years, we have been able to organize a few cultural events, a bunch of participatory projects, an artistic residency, two wellness workshops and several visits of adolescents who are in the process of consolidation. Recently, we managed to host the collaborative marriage of two of us. It was a great success:</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/680438/_75A5689_Amelie_Louys_web_charlie_floutee-1598699064.jpg" width="100%" /></p> <p>&quot;The Potos of the castle dressed up for the wedding&quot;. August 2020.</p> <p>Hundreds of people have already taken advantage of this unique and revitalizing place. An association: &quot;Les Potos du ch&acirc;teau&quot; (<em>The castle buddies)</em>, coordinates the welcoming of people. Its main aim is to contribute to strengthening everyone&#39;s power to act.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/680535/chantiers-1598789951.jpg" width="100%" /></p> <p><strong>Until October 2019, our top priority</strong> was the repairs of the roof which mobilized the organization &quot;A roof above all&quot;, the association &quot;Potos du ch&acirc;teau&quot;, the collective of inhabitants, dozens of volunteers who came from all over France, more than ten neighbors, people of our village and the ones nearby. They all came to the castle to support us enthusiastically. This is our first great collective success!</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/680537/chantier_tuiles-1598792674.JPG" width="100%" /></p> <p>Once the roof was redone, the castle was protected from the water that falls abundantly in this part of the world.</p> <p>We were ready for <strong>the next step</strong>: ensuring the drainage of rainwater and household&nbsp;wastewater.</p> <p>After a few months of work in spring 2020, we are now benefiting from an unmatched <strong>phyto-purification</strong> (up to standards).</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/680442/phyto-1598700316.jpg" width="100%" /></p> <p><strong>Now that the roof and sanitation works are complete: the castle is saved!</strong></p> <p>We can now focus on the rest of our story. Two and a half years after the start of this adventure, we still have many wishes and projects, for example to create two new rooms in the &quot;Cabinet of curiosities&quot; dormitory, to raise the height of the tower and to redo its round framework, to finish Susana&rsquo;s spinning wool workshop, to continue the extension of the vegetable garden, to place the terrace on the technical room, to build an activity room, etc.</p> <p>We are <strong>appealing for donations</strong> in order to collect funds that will allow us to <strong>build a dormitory in the attic.</strong> It will allow us to go further in welcoming volunteers, artists in residence and temporary residents.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://d3v4jsc54141g1.cloudfront.net/uploads/project_image/image/680538/combles-1598794018.jpg" width="100%" /></p> <p>With these &euro; 12,000, &quot;A roof above all&quot; will be able to continue on its way to &ldquo;Welcoming&rdquo;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Allocation of funds

<p>By getting 12.000&euro;, we will be able to redo the attic floors of the castle which will host a dormitory for groups of people. The donations will be used as follows:</p> <p><strong>Material: </strong>&euro; 5,300. (non-exhaustive list): parquet floor, screws, bits, sanding disc, rental of sander, sealer, brushes, plasterboard and paneling, acrylic joints, bands, ensuit, ...)</p> <p><strong>Craftsman work: </strong>4.956&euro;. This involves the intervention of a mason for 4 days, thereafter an all-terrain site manager for 15 days to coordinate the participatory building sites.</p> <p><strong>Meals and accommodation for volunteers:</strong> 784&euro;.</p> <p>9.8 &euro; per day for the real cost of meals for 4 volunteers for 21 days. This amount will be donated to the association &quot;Les Potos du ch&acirc;teau&quot;, which coordinates the participatory projects, in particular by covering these costs.</p> <p>The remaining 960&euro; is the commission paid to kiss kiss bank bank (8%).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>


Two drinks and two tickets for an event at Miramont


  • 6 contributions
Together with the “Potos du château”, we regularly organize events and host shows, open house days, concerts ... anything that allows us to Welcome people.

Homemade marmelade


  • 9 contributions
The chatelain.e.s pick and transform fruits from the garden and wild fruits into marmelade. Delicious! You can choose your jar depending on availibility.

Elderberry syrup


  • 11 contributions
Elderberries are very present in the Courserans region. David makes syrup out of it. Known for its softening properties for the cough and/or throat, you can drink it without moderation.

Estimated delivery: April 2021

A meal at the castle


  • 8 contributions
Every evening, one of the chatelain.e.s prepares the meal for the collective. We always eat well: products mostly from local producers, and without meat. Call us to let us know when you are coming! We will be happy to welcome you at the castle table!

A customized pee-standing!!


  • 14 contributions
Women will test it (and adopt it, for sure!); men will offer it to women so that they can pee without squatting or lowering their pants. The pee-standing is a great object that allows us to pee just about anywhere. It also contributes not to clutter the dry toilet buckets with our liquid nitrogen and to leave our panties dry (no more need to use paper, tissues, leafs). The small bags containing the pee-standing were screen printed and sewn with the sheets found in the castle when we arrived.

Estimated delivery: December 2020

A bird perch


  • 8 contributions
At the castle we like the act of welcoming, also birds indeed. That's why we build perches to protect them.

Estimated delivery: November 2020

2 nights in a dormitory for 2 people


  • 4 contributions
While waiting for our future dormitory in the attic, we have set up a collective space to accommodate visitors. We will welcome you (reservation to be made in advance) in this space where you will have clean sheets and where you can rest peacefully.

A bottle of homemade orange wine from the castle


  • 5 contributions
David makes the orange wine from bitter fruits. It is the result of a 6-month maturation in the castle cellar. It is delicious!

Estimated delivery: March 2021

A night at the castle for two people in a private room


  • 10 contributions
We invite you to spend a night at the castle. We, chatelain.e.s and Dame Cornette will watch over you. Inform us as soon as possible of your arrival to ensure the availability of a cosy space.

Estimated delivery: October 2020

The “must” of the castle


  • 2 contributions
We offer you a 48-hour experience at the castle: a walk in the Couserans, a space to sleep for 1, 2, 3 or 4 people you love. We invite you to eat and participate in a know-how sharing workshop with a chatelain.e: welding, woodworking, overtone singing, composting, and even more proposals depending on who, when. ... Thank you!

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