Hey! We are Marjolaine and Frantz with our two young kids, Leyli (4 years old) and Tiliane (1 year old). We've been leaving in Barre des Cévennes for almost three years now. Frantz works 4 days a week as a botanist for the National Parc and Marjolaine is taking care of the kids and the house. We own two houses in a remote hamlet, 5 km away from the nearest village. It's very quiet & picturesque, surrounded with woodlands and pastures. We let grow and planted many trees, made different garden places, dry toilets, a compost heap etc . We recently had the visit of an Irish Family with their three kids who have stayed with us for 10 days, and it was such a nourishing experience on both sides that we thought we should just have people come more often.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Our home is really a place where we try not to destroy nature, and preserve it as much as we can. So we use wood as a heater during winter, very little water in the summer, we rarely eat meat and all we buy is organic and local as much as we can etc etc . We like to learn and share skills on alternative parenting, home-schooling, recipes, botany & plant uses, gardening, tree care, grafting, permaculture, English language, rocket stove, life, joy etc
We will be very happy to host people who can stay with the kids, play, talk and share with them. We sometimes need help for cooking and gardening. There are many other tasks that we could decide together depending on your wishes or skills, like building an outside wooden table, building dry toilets for the house, an outside shower for the summer, weeding the garden, preparing sawing beds. But basically during the winter period it's mostly kids and cooking and sometimes other things.
Independent house next door to ours. It consists of two bedrooms, a main kitchen-living room and a small bathroom. The house has a wood burning stove, gas cooker and basic equipment for cooking and eating.
What is best for us during winter time is that you cover expenses for food, wood and electricity. In exchange of housing we'll ask you for about 2 days of work per week.
We live at an altitude of 900m so be ready to meet the cold at this time of the year.
We'll be of course very happy to cook and eat together during the week.
We have bikes to wander about (some need to be fixed). You can use our connection and our computer at home because we don't use the Wifi. Our phone can be used for calls within Europe. We live in the centre of a National Park so there are many many wonderful spots to discover.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
5 hours a day max, 2 days a week