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Jacques Stéphane

Thatched roofing
Quartier Taveau
14600 Genneville

Tel : +33 (0)6 22 91 60 82
The company Jacques Stéphane, founded in 1994, specialises in thatch roofs.

The work is remarkable because of the technique used to lay the thatch and the rarity of the profession as a whole.


The operations are all performed internally: attaching the bundles of reeds to the battens in rows; clamping the bundles (needles); to obtain an even appearance, the roofing is then "combed”. The roof crests are traditionally made of terracotta or – a technique specific to Normandy – clay planted with irises.


The clientele consists of individuals, companies and institutions. The company works for prestigious and demanding clients, such as Domaine d’Ablon near Honfleur and Ferme Saint Siméon in Honfleur (two five-star hotels). It regularly works on heritage buildings. Recent references include: the roof of the Musée de l’Eau in Tourgéville, near Deauville, and listed buildings – the Manoir du Breuil and the Château de Quetteville.