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Salechan (Pyrenees)
All Year: February-November
Area (ha): 2.5
Persons: up to 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 10090
Country: France

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Last Updated: May 8, 2016

Our house is a small renovated stone barn in a beautiful location in the mountains. It is 4km up a forest track, has solar electricity and water from a spring. We're growing as much food as possible while trying to live an off-the-grid, low impact, and sustainable lifestyle. With us are 2 cats, 2 donkeys, 3 dogs, 3 horses, and about 40 chickens (and 1 beehive). We've been growing food organically in the UK for 15 years and now here in France for the last 8. Six years ago, we started gardening using Permaculture principles and we both did a Permaculture Design Course.

As usual, there are always lots of projects and jobs to do. This year we want to re-design our water supply system using gravity-fed methods. There is more fencing and water harvesting ditches to dig, we'll be planting more fruit trees and shrubs in the 'forest garden', and we've just started renovating an old stone barn and we want to repair and old stone wall. We are always busy with general gardening, harvesting & preserving, gathering & preparing firewood, and looking after the animals. We work hard but in exchange we offer good food, a very comfortable yurt with a wood burning stove, much laughter, and the chance to exchange skills & knowledge. We're not vegetarians (our meat comes from small local farms) but we can cater for a vegetarian diet.

reviews (10)
Helper: Fraser and Vicky Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: November 16, 2014
We really enjoyed our stay at Richard and Dominique's. The view never gets ti... view complete review

Helper: Allen Marais Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: South Africa Date: September 14, 2014
You cannot help but be struck with awe, by the area in which Richard and Domi... view complete review

Helper: Kiersten-Anna and Erena Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: August 21, 2014
We stayed with Richard and Dominique for just over three weeks and LOVED the ... view complete review

Helper: Jessica Hay Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: July 26, 2014
I am honestly not even sure where to start. I have always been passionate abo... view complete review

Helper: Moritz Schmidt Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: June 13, 2014
I stayed at Richard's and Dominique's place from the 15th to the 30th of Mai ... view complete review

Helper: Steph and Bertrand Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: February 24, 2014
Inspiring, kind, knowledgable, sharing, 'unfluffy'... are a few words that co... view complete review

Helper: Elin and Damian Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Norway Date: January 23, 2013
We stayed with Dominique and Richard for 10 days in the fall and we really en... view complete review

Helper: Kara and Ben Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 5, 2012
Staying with Richard and Dominique for 2 weeks in September was a great exper... view complete review

Helper: Emily Metcalf Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 14, 2012
I am sort of embarrassed at how long it has taken me to write a review for Ri... view complete review

Helper: Java and Jon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: March 24, 2011
We spent our first two weeks in France with Richard and Dominique and we coul... view complete review

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