A former barn, until most recently a depot for worn out kitchen appliances, firewood and lumber, showed a miserable condition but on the other hand nurtured our construction fantasies. Furthermore the idea was supported by the unanswered question: where to accommodate our guests, since our house had no extra bedroom for them.
That means the renovation of this barn seemed to be the best solution for that purpose. Again Manfred Christ blessed with great artistic talent realised the construction plans according to our ideas and desire. Even the building authorities were enthusiastic and within a short time the building permission landed in our mail box. Our master mason Monsieur Yves Saint Laurent…….truly, but not related to the famous fashion designer, but at least as gifted, took over this renovation project. During the demolition work, he found a small late-Gothic capital that he installed over the main entrance ,immortalized himself with the stone inscription:
Yves Saint Laurent me fecit
The north façade at the roadside was also constructed with timber framework, the so-called ‘Colombage’ style , with imported oakwood from the Kottenforst-forest.
The absolute highlight of the guest house was a small, directly under the roof built-in colored leaded glass window from the artist Eric Charlier. It represents the constellation of the lion. Thus, the proper naming for the guesthouse was quickly on hand:
the Golden Lion