We had a dream … and it took us 3 years to find out the perfect place to realize our project. The domain was old, the previous owners lived in a part of it, and it really needed to be restored…
Yvan and I arrived on the mas on December 23rd 2013 with only two suitcases. We had our family Christmas dinner in front of the fire place with borrowed kitchen equipment and dishes, in an uncomfortable part of the mas but it didn’t matter!! All our furniture, dishes,… still were in the storage in Versailles.
It certainly was the « biggest » Christmas gift I’ve never received in my whole life.
The first workers arrived in beginning January 2014, to cut the huge steel tanks in the vineyard cave which hasn’t been used for 12 years. The domain dates back to the middle ages, with lots of grain and vegetable fields being replaced in 1850 by a vineyard, abandoned for more than 10 years. On January 26th 2014, our team of workers started to restore the mas. Everybody worked very hard, and we feel very thankful for that. We all lived in very basic conditions, mobilhomes and caravans. February 2014 was cold and I was cooking big pots of vegetable and meat soup, and lots of cakes. It always was a pleasure to see the smiles on the faces when I was bringing my special treats! We shared lots of barbecues, and a glass of fantastic Languedoc wines were always welcomed.
Everything was finished on time, and by the end of July 2014 we had our first guests in 4 cottages, the pool and the spa. The same team came back on January 2015 to build the 5th cottage, the beautiful outdoor stone bar on the village place and the reception room. The working relationship has turned into a friendship with admiration and respect for each other.
And after that they came back for the last accommodation, and every year we added new activities in our domain, especially the vineyards, the organic growings and more to come ….
The restauration of the mas is beautiful, but the most important thing is this fantastic human adventure.