Hi there !We (Alexia and Thomas) are in just over 40, we have two daughters: Ludivine (born in 2016) and Constance (born in March 2019). In our « previous lives », we have been traders, finance advisors, startuper, stage actress, etc. Alexia is now a certified non Violent Communication (NVC) trainer, thomas is closing down his previous firm and will focus on the castle management next.
Last summer (July 2019), we left Paris and bought a wonderful Renaissance château in the countryside at the center of France (château d'Argy). We plan to open a center to spread out Non-Violent Communication (NVC - Alexia is a certified trainer) with a focus on family, in the future, we'll host weedings and family gathering too. We are surrounded by a 40-hectare park and plan to plant a forest, create a forest garden (permaculture) and have more animals (we have fewdeers, peacocks, etc.); we also have a 4ha-pond and several rivers.
Oh, an other important point is that we encourage our daughters to learn by themselves and through curiosity, interaction and observation, therefore, they don't go to school (unschooling). Bringing them up is wondeful, magical and also a full time job! We are also looking for help to tale care of them. Welcoming friends and visitors is a corner stone of the pedagogy. We hope that interaction with you will help them discover new languages, cultures… We would be happy to welcome families, unschoolers or not.
The château was build at the very end of Middle age (Tower and dungeon) and the very beginning of renaissance (gallery), other buildings were built in 1630; we live in the most recent part (1830). It's in a decent state, but hasn't really been taken care of for a couple of decades, hence, many (many many) things need to be maintained, rebuild, overhauled, improved…
Baby-sitting / garde d’enfant
Entretien / Bricolage
Aide avec les langues
The main goal of our project is to build human interaction and creat bound (it's the NVC philosophy too :))
I (Thomas) have spent a few years in the US and loved that opportunity to meet people from all over the world. We want our new place to gather many people teaching and learning from each other.
Our château is a major point of interst of the region, that allows us to meet many interesting people. You'll be welcome to join us and take part of all our family and "professional" activities, an other way to create bound!
Here are few examples of what we'd like to work on and where your help would be greatly helpful :
- dig in rivers' beds need
- redo bathrooms
- paint bedrooms
- build a horse enclosure
- change gutter
- cut wood
- set up a wood-stove
- plan trees
- create a kitchen garden and then a forest garden
- and of course spend time with our kids (probably first priority :))
We'd rather farily long stay (minimum three weeks) to make sure you have time to discover the house, the garden, and of course us and the daughters !
French, English, German
We have plenty of rooms, so you'll have individual bedrooms, or suites for families. We'll be happy if you can feel part of the family, which includes meal together. Of course, you can enjoy the nature of the "garden", fish in the pond, etc.
Please note that during winter times, the house may be cold (14°), so make to bring along some warm clothes! (your room will be warm!)
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
Plus de deux
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week