So,update on La Guerche...after clearing out both the grenier above the house and the 'shop' (left) of what seemed like hundreds of wooden crates and boxes plus the usual 'treasures' an old French loft reveals we found that we had another potential ensuite bedroom.
Not in the main loft but above the shop, only problem was access currently is via a loft door in the courtyard.
So it was necessary to cut a new access doorway through from upstair...
It is a 600mm thick wall and took a bit of doing...
it's amazing how much stone you end up with!
The access is now on your right as you come up the stairs to what will be our lounge.
According to friends I have saved myself a few thousand (?) euros by doing it myself...that makes the hard work worth it!