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We are five at our little hamlet: Jean-Marie (37) and Jule (34) with our little girl Lila (2) and the parents(in-law) Michel and Yvonne who bought the ruins in the 80s and reconstructed everything to the beautiful place it now is. They moved here from the Netherlands back then and the main language spoken here is Dutch. We also speak English and French. Jean-Marie and me really enjoy playing guitar and singing together, we are interested in making our own natural medicines from herbs, plants and mushrooms and we like watching movies, hiking and experimenting in the kitchen.
Our place consists of two family houses, three gîtes (holiday houses), a chicken house, a sheep barn and 11 hectares of forest and meadows with fourteen camp sites. We keep bees for honey and we have a big vegetable garden and several fruit trees around the house. On walking distance, there is a creek flowing through our valley.
Our activities differ per season. In autumn we are harvesting and conserving our earnings and we go searching for walnuts and chestnuts in the woods. Winter time is cosy here, but there is always stuff to do like nut cracking, repairing, construction, wood chopping etc. Days are short so we try to make them count. In January and February our sheep deliver the lams, so they need extra care. Spring time is when we start the veggie garden up, that takes a lot of time. In summer the garden needs a lot of attention, but there is always other stuff to do. Daily chores include taking care of the animals and of course the general housework.
We receive hiking guests in April, May, June, September and October, who stay for only one or two nights and continue their hike the day after. We make their beds, prepare them a three-course meal and take their luggage to the next place. In summer, the place is crawling with camping guests, mostly families with small kids who enjoy playing in the woods, feed the sheep their left over bread and play with our kittens. There are workshops on music, felting and bread baking. We organize weekly dinner/music parties for the summer guests with - of course - food from our own land.
Overall our main aim is working with our natural environment and entertaining and feeding our guests with leaving a relatively small ecological footprint!
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
The South-Aveyron is little known by tourists, that makes this area very interesting , rural life is not spoiled by mass tourism at all! We will show you how we live in and with nature and how we aim to be as self-sufficient as possible. Depending on how long and in what time of year you work with us, we can teach you how to bake your own bread, conserve vegetables in many different ways, how to hold chicken and sheep, how easy it really is to have your own vegetal garden, etc. Moreover, the landscape here is stunning and it's so quite in the surrounding you really collect yourself here.
This winter we are only looking for personal help, such as:
- indoor construction help (some experience wanted). We are planning to construct a production room for cheese, jams etc. Until now we just used our kitchen.
- building a new sheep stable and kiddie playground (experience needed with outdoor construction)
- tree prunning and planting starting November.
- harvesting and processing vegetables and fruits.
In between, there is always small works around the farm to do! The weather also decides what we do.
Our home is open to families with children, as little Lila doesn't get around kids too much.
Dutch, French, English, German, Spanish
In winter until April you can stay in one of the gîtes with your own kitchen and bathroom. We will provide your food and basic necessities so you can take care of your self. We like sharing some meals together, but not all the time.
The closest public transport is the train station of Albi, which is an hour away.
Winter is a very calm period of the year, there is not a lot to do around here besides hiking. It would be good if you had an activity planned for your free hours here (writing, painting or learn how to play the ukulele for example). Bring your bike if you are a staunch cyclist!
In summer, there are village festivals and flea markets all the time and you can go fishing and swimming in the close by river Tarn, that's also what we like to do! Furthermore, we like to play music, watch movies and experiment in the kitchen.
There are some beautiful villages around and Albi is on the list of World Heritage and definitely worth a visit.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week