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The home, known as Chez Hélène-Amboise Troglodyte, is situated in the Loire Valley. It sits about two miles out of Amboise, which was once home to Leonardo da Vinci. Troglodyte homes are common in the area, having originated after 11th-century mining activity left holes and grottoes in the soft rock. Due to their lack of amenities, the homes started to fall out of favor at the beginning of the 20th century, but have recently become popular again with investors and young people like Lamoureux and van Riel.

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Once Lamoureux had nabbed his bargain home, he then had to make it habitable. After being turned down for a 25,000 euro loan by a number of banks, he and van Riel instead worked in Lamoureux’s family’s restaurant for three years to save the money for renovations. First up they had to make the cave structurally sound again. This involved installing 11 cable anchors and cladding them in cinder block and concrete. The house also had no plumbing, sewage pipes or electricity, so the couple had to hand dig a channel for piping and cables from the road to the house. In all the renovations took around twelve months and cost 35,000 euros ($44,500). The results are quite simply stunning.

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The couple now live in their own one bedroom, one bathroom apartment in the troglodyte home, but they reserved a separate room to rent out for guest accommodations. The space sleeps two and features an open bathroom. The combination of warm yellow stone contrasted with fresh blue and white accents is rustic, chic and oh-so French. Breakfast is included in the accommodation package, and lunch and dinner can be provided by arrangement. If you’ve ever wanted to go hide out in a cave to get away from it all, this is your chance, though claustrophobics might want to give it a miss.

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Lead image by David Stevens via Facebook; photos by and David Stevens and Chez Hélène-Amboise Troglodyte via Facebook