More than 20 years ago we fell deeply in love with the rough nature and amazing architecture of the Cevennes. Some years later we decided to follow our heart and leave our modern very well organized lives in Holland behind. We stepped 'back in time' to restore a amazing abandoned ancient (1592) Mas in the Cevennes, witch now harbours our home, a small organic farm and also a eco touristic center.
We are very passionate about this Mas and it's surroundings and since more than 10 years our family has been restoring this amazing place where we created our home, workshops, a B&B, a stop over, a few holiday homes and a small Eco-camping. We reclaimed the completely abandoned fields and meadows, planted fruit trees, created a vegie-garden, reclaimed part of the the fields and meadows, now home for our sheep, and chicken etc.
This year we hope to work some more on the fences, finish and another room in the stopover, finish an extra bathroom and a terrace for our guests to enjoy and add to our permaculture-gardens. Also we'd love to start working on our sauna project!
In general: in autumn when the tourist season ends we visit family and friends, work on maintenance and prepare for winter (firewood etc etc); In winter and early spring we do restoration & construction work and work on our new projects; In between all this we try to work as much as possible in our workshops where we create our doors and staircases, restyle furniture and make felted creations;
In spring and summer we enjoy very much hosting our guests, we cook them diners and breakfasts (mostly our own (bio) products - veggies, fruits, eggs, meat) etc etc. Very important also are the tasks concerning the animals and the gardens. And off course there is the maintenance and the washing cleaning that keep us quite busy in high-season.
For tourists the Cevennes offer an amazing scenery, wild and abundant nature and biodiversity and lots of peace and quiet. Activities include hiking, cycling, horse riding, canoeing, canyoning etc etc
Nearby are some natural and historical sites such as grotto's, museums, vineyards, and french markets to visit.
The river witch touches our domain, provides a wonderful place to bathe and to relax on a little beach.
Workaway volunteers who want to participate in our adventure are very welcome and warmly invited to contact us. We love exchanging with people from all over the world and in return for your help we provide board and lodging. You will have your own quarters, in part of a charming old house which is wonderful and still in it's authentic basic state. Or if you prefer you can camp on our campsite, we can provide you with a tent and equipment. We prefer hosting for at least 2 or 3 weeks and preferably two persons at once (a couple / 2 friends) so you'll get to know the place and be at ease, have fun and can share in this adventure together.
We are very passionate about our planet, the biodiversity and a simple and sensible way of life adapted to this amazing place we live in, and so, we are not vegetarians nor vegans, since that would not make sense over here. We eat (mainly our own) very healthy slow-food, including our veggies, eggs and meat! And we certainly do love a good vegetarian meal.
Please note that our 'little paradise' is a place of particular natural beauty, peace and quiet.
If you are seeking city life, bars, crowds and party life this is really not the area for you!
We live with our 2 cats and 2 dogs so if you are very allergic to them it may be hell for you over here..
Our children are studying abroad and come to stay with us for some time whenever they can.
We speak French, Dutch, German and English.
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We are working on our dream-project in the unspoiled nature of the Cévennes in the South of France : The resurrection of a abandoned ancient Mas (homestead), renovating it's buildings and it's domain and turning it into an ecological agro-touristic paradise.
In Spring from february until June we can really use your help, working on a new part of the project and prepare for the touristic summer season.
In summer and beginning of autumn we can use some help with the maintenance of the gardens and the harvesting of fruits, preparing of jams etc, the animal care and the housekeeping jobs.
Late autumn we start with the preparations of winter (firewood, work on the campsite and the animal shelters etc etc)
In 2019 we hope to finish another room in the stopover, finish an extra bathroom and a terrace for our guests to enjoy and add to our permaculture-gardens and urgently need to do some more fencing to protect our vegie-gardens from the wild boars and keep them out of the meadows with the sheep.
Also we'd love to start working on our sauna project, but thats a 'luxoury issue'!
We hope you’ll join us in this years challenge!
Dutch, French, English, German.
You are more than welcome to join us in our adventure. Naturally we will provide you with board and lodging.
You will have your own quarters, in part of a charming old house which is wonderful and still in it's authentic basic state. Or if you prefer you can camp on our campsite, we can provide you with a tent and equipment.
The mas, and the many idyllic spots on the domain and in the area have much to offer and will make an unforgettable impression without a doubt. It's the ideal starting point for your explorations of the Lozère and the Gard. The wild beauty and rich nature of the Lozere and the Park national the Cevennes, the charm of the Mediterranean it's all in reach. Wonderful area for hikes and excursions (by foot, on bicycle, by horse or by car).There are a lot of sporty possibilities (e.g. hiking, cycling, climbing, cannoning, canoe, rafting, horse-riding etc etc). The charming French towns and villages in the surroundings offer a large variety of markets, terraces, restaurants, festivals and museums… a.s.o.
All this and more to make your own mix for an unforgettable stay, for those who seek unspoiled nature, peace and quiet, the outdoor sport activities, and a rich variety of culture and folklore.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week