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La Cellette
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 3
Persons: 1 to 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 6119
Country: France

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Last Updated: November 8, 2019

Originally from the North East of Scotland we moved to Central France and bought the abandoned farm in 2008 after selling up in Scotland in 2006 and down-sizing to a camper-van with our two huge dogs and touring around Europe looking for the right place to put down some roots. We are working towards being as self-sufficient as possible-renovating the buildings and developing the land using eco-friendly, sustainable techniques, resources and energy. We have one hectare of land surrounding the house and a further 2 hectares of overstood, abandoned coppiced woodland that we are attempting to regenerate to provide our fuel; building materials; material for basket-making; charcoal-making etc. and just for being a beautiful place to spend time in and have fun!
The hectare of land is divided into pasture for animals and a potager/vegetable garden and orchard for food production. We are joining up these areas to create an all-encompassing "forest garden".
We have recently given up our goats, pigs and chickens, but still have the little scruffy dog and six cats !! We decided we wanted to go travelling again and it's too much a responsibility for someone else. We have also decided to build on the wildlife friendly gardens and create an "ark" for wildlife on the pasture land the animals formerly occupied.

We aim to grow as much of our own food as we can and enjoy researching and trying out new/old methods of preserving this food throughout the year - pickling, salting, canning, lacto-fermenting, drying - we would love to re-build the old bread-oven and have cobbled together a smoker for preserving food.

We enjoy a range of crafts and hobbies and have built up a wide range of skills which we love to share - wood-working and building, basketry, spinning wool, photography, art, needle-crafts etc, some elements of bush-crafting and foraging; and music - including going to see live music concerts, cirques etc.

We are still renovating the old farm-house but have finished work on the gite, which provides us with a small income over the Summer. We also have our camper-van to provide sleeping accommodation for helpers, family and friends that come to stay in the warmer seasons. We have a grass area set aside for tents also in case of over-spill! Wifi for internet access is available.

WE ARE NOT VEGETARIAN -WE DO EAT MEAT RAISED BY OURSELVES; VEGETARIAN MEALS FORM THE BULK OF OUR DIET - BUT PLEASE INFORM US IF YOU ARE VEGETARIAN
or have special dietary needs as we often have other people to cater for. We speak English,French and some German.

We are situated quite a bit off the beaten track in a quiet and isolated spot in the beautiful green rolling hills of the Creuse (departement 23) in Central France. We are about 2.5km (just over a mile and half) from two villages that have a shop and an Auberge. The nearest largish town is 17km away. Public transport is practically non-existent, but we have bicycles available for use.

This area is known for being a paradise for walkers and lovers of wildlife - with loads of lakes, rivers, gorges and ponds- and lovely old villages with medieval churches and buildings to explore. Nearby there are facilities for horse-riding; fishing; kayaking and other water-sports; llama-trekking etc as well as some chateaux and other interesting buildings and places to visit.

This part of France enjoys the four well-delineated Seasons - Spring and Autumn are very beautiful and mild. It can get very cold in Winter with temperatures down to -15 degrees C with snow and cold winds from the North. It can also get very hot in Summer with temperatures up to 40 degrees C.

We welcome people to come and stay and help us in our daily life through-out the year (4-5 hrs daily; 5 days per week), the rhythm of our life and work is dictated by the seasons. Sowing, pricking-out and planting- always weeding and mulching!- various renovation projects and building and repairing animal housing and fencing; harvesting and processing vegetables and free-range, home-produced meat; woodland management; coppicing for fire-wood etc. We also aim to try out charcoal-making, basket and rustic furniture making etc.
We keep the Facebook page, see link above, pretty up-to-date with what we`re up to, you`re welcome to drop in and "like" it!

Hope to hear from you soon :o) Peter and Julie

The photos below show-

Top-left : Having a siesta in the woodland.
Middle : Weeding the peas and beans.
Right-Willow(dog) , cats and chickens sharing the whey from cheese-making.
Bottom left-new-born lambs in February
Middle-Harvest time!
Right- Round-house building in the woodland progress so far. Framework in the round with a reciprocal frame roof structure all Sweet Chestnut - now taken down and re-erected in the forest garden at home.

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Helper: Gemma howells Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 31, 2018
It has taken me a little while to leave a review for Peter and Julie but I wa... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: July 31, 2018
It has taken me a little while to leave a review for Peter and Julie but I wa... view complete review

Helper: Lorelei and Janek Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 1, 2018
Hello Peter, It's Loreleï and Janek we would like to thank you on this way. ... view complete review

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From: Brazil Date: October 28, 2017
Peter and Julie were my first Helpx hosts, and they could not be better. The ... view complete review

Helper: Drew and Sarah Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: November 12, 2016
This is a very belated review (sorry guys) as we first went to Julie and Pete... view complete review

Helper: Lauren anderson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: September 14, 2016
I had an amazing experience staying with Peter and Julie in July. La forge is... view complete review

Helper: Methsarani Lokuge Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 23, 2016
Me and my friend Chloe had an amazing stay at La forge in June. Peter and Jul... view complete review

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From: New Zealand Date: May 27, 2016
Peter, it's Caramel Greive, I'm so sorry we haven't left a review yet, that i... view complete review

Helper: Léa and Jolän Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 23, 2016
We stayed with Peter and Julie for two weeks and a half during the month of A... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: April 26, 2016
We stayed at La Forge in April 2015, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. ... view complete review

Helper: Steve petty Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: November 10, 2015
Many apologies to Pete and Julie for taking so long to write a review. But al... view complete review

Helper: Kerensa Bartlett Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 17, 2015
Staying with Peter and Julie for two weeks was such an immense pleasure. It w... view complete review

Helper: Sarah Winch Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: November 29, 2014
Peter and Julie have a really beautiful place at La Forge; I felt really insp... view complete review

Helper: Jonne Tas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: August 16, 2014
Hello. I've stayed at Peter and Julie's place for 2 weeks, together with a ... view complete review

Helper: Kerrye Weber Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: July 24, 2014
I really can only add to all of the wonderful things that have been said here... view complete review

Helper: Joshua and Ashley Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 8, 2014
We stayed with Peter and Julie during the summer of 2013 and had a wonderful ... view complete review

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From: Australia Date: February 21, 2014
We could not have chosen a more ideal place for our first help X stay and our... view complete review

Helper: Janelle Conn Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: December 1, 2013
It has been well over a month since I left La Forge, so I can only apologise ... view complete review

Helper: Jennie and Henry Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: October 15, 2013
We stayed with Peter and Julie for two weeks in September, at the beginning o... view complete review

Helper: Bart lesaffre Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: May 20, 2013
I've spend the last 5 days cycling back home from my stay at la forge, so it ... view complete review

Helper: Mariam Hill Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 29, 2013
I have just completed my three week stay here and I truly wish I could have s... view complete review

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From: South Africa Date: December 9, 2012
I didn't want to leave here as it was a great experience. The food was great ... view complete review

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From: Italy Date: October 9, 2012
Stop right here. Congratulations. You have found the perfect hosts. A school ... view complete review

Helper: Wendy and David Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 2, 2012
Peter and Julie were very good helpx hosts. We learned a lot about sustainabl... view complete review

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From: Taiwan Date: September 17, 2012
Hi there, These are Linyin and Yuyu. We'd spent about three weeks with these... view complete review

Helper: Silvia Ricciuti Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: April 5, 2012
I only have one regret about my stay here, that it was too short! Julie and P... view complete review

Helper: Jessie Hoyle Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: September 14, 2011
I stayed with the Reeman's for about 5 weeks in the Summer 2011 and had such ... view complete review

Helper: Ann Price Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 6, 2011
Peter and Julie are incredible hosts! The food was great, the scenery was fan... view complete review

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From: Canada Date: July 19, 2011
We believe we were quite spoiled by our first helpx experience with these two... view complete review

Helper: James rathbone Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: May 9, 2011
I feel very lucky to have chosen here for my first Helpx experience. Peter an... view complete review

Helper: Conor Waldock Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: February 3, 2011
I stayed with Peter, Julie and Eva for three weeks with my friend Ian. We had... view complete review

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From: Spain Date: September 27, 2010
We have spent our first experience as Helpxer with this couple that has been ... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: September 23, 2010
I spent 2 amazing weeks with peter and julie and there is nothing i can faul... view complete review

Helper: Amélie Perrais Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 3, 2010
Quelle expérience ! ! CES Deux Semaines Ont Vraiment superbes été ... ravie d... view complete review

Helper: Juliette Colinas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: May 24, 2010
I spent two months here, and I do not know what to add to what the other help... view complete review

Helper: Marie Mottais Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 10, 2010
I spent 2 great weeks by Peter and Julie, and I hope that all my helpx experi... view complete review

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From: Ireland Date: March 4, 2010
We spent two great weeks with Peter and Julie in February. We haven't eaten ... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: December 28, 2009
We stayed with Peter and Julie for two weeks in December, and how we wish it ... view complete review

Helper: Vincent VIVANLOC Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: France, Metropolitan Date: October 5, 2009
Hi, I have spent one wonderful week with Julie and Peter. La Forge is a gr... view complete review

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