A bit of history...Barns 'of the mountains' ou 'from the Auvergne':
Adapted to the sloping ground, these barns built with 2 levels are often buried into the hillside so both levels are accessible by foot. The lower level was used as "cowsheds" for livestock such as cows, goats, sheep and horses, with different size doors to suit the size of the animal.
The second level of the barn was used as a hayloft, for the storage of farm equipment and where the beating or "trashing" of the corn took place. The upper level has one cart-sized door with a second door on the opposite side of the barn, giving an open space which allowed for ventilation during the trashing of the corn. When the slope of the ground was not sufficient to reach the upper level of the barn, an access ramp was built. The floor of the upper level contains a hole which allows the hay to fall directly into the feeding troughs below.
Roofs are mostly a half-hip roof or a gable roof.
(Translation : Joanne Mickael)
Some exemples all over the territory