Bienvenue in southwestern France.
THE HAPPY HAMLET IS
An old farm. Endless nature around. Centuries-old stone buildings.
A sauna in a barrel. A natural swimming pool.
Secret spots and special hideaways. Tranquil ambiance. Happy people.
Themed retreats. Inspiring instructors. Relaxing, refreshing - and fun.
Good food from the garden. Green around and green in mind.
Good for you.
Oh and you should also know that
THE HAPPY HAMLET ISN'T
A “typical” retreat center. A luxury anything. A trendy anything.
A standard anything. Anything that isn’t good for you.
The Happy stuff? Here's a few things that we think do the trick.
THE HAPPY STUFF (RETREATS)
Love what you do and do what you love. Be it yoga or pilates or other well-being, photography, painting, music or other art, cooking or wine tasting, personal or professional development. In the Happy Hamlet you will be able to engage in what makes you the happiest – in the guidance of talented & inspirational instructors. Learn more about the themes and the all-inclusive retreats.
What we don’t get fresh from our garden we pick up either from the local markets or from the nearby producers directly. The French cuisine at its best, in the region which is rich in the local produce: fruit, veggies, nuts, mushroom, egg farmers, livestock, and (of course) dairies. With all that yummy cheese one can’t get enough of it comes handy to be located in the middle of a dozen wine appellations. Bon appetit, indeed!
When it comes to attractions we will have a hard time to squeeze even the minimum of the “must see’s and do’s” in one stay. You’ll have your choice of culture in the form of various festivals and events, history in the cities and the medieval villages that still survey us from many hilltops, culinary treats from the markets and special tastings… and so much more that we think you’ll want to revisit. Discover more before you visit!
Sound like your kind of thing? Cool, continue to see what the Hamlet has to offer!
THE HAMLET (PROPERTY)
The Hamlet is surrounded by 13 ha of our land: prairies, woods, valleys and fields. We’re ‘in the middle of nowhere’ which is what makes it possible to concentrate on some of the best things in life; fresh air and beautiful nature. After retreat activities, relax in a hammock, wander in the woods, have a pique-nique in the prairies or sweat it out in our sauna. How does that sound for recharging?
Several centuries ago this hamlet was the home of five families. Today we have turned it into a home away from home for our guests. We work with local only artisans to restore as much of old as possible, and we give new life by recycling – yet we always use new and modern when necessary for comfort. Come and see for yourself, these walls will surely have a story or two to whisper to you!
The mother nature is kind to us. The garden greets with veggies; tomatoes, onions, garlic, peppers, green beans, aubergines, courgettes, and herbs, just to name a few. Truffle and wild asparagus hide in our woods. Fruit trees with figues, nuts and almonds, apples, pears, peaches, plums and cherries here and there. All organic, of course. Hungry, anyone?
Still liking it? Good, we've got a little bit for everyone.
WHAT WE OFFER TO
Need to recharge? Like to travel and explore while doing something you love or want to learn to love? Take a break from the routines and deadlines. Relax and do something for you & yourself only. We promise you a stress-free stay in a wonderful environment. Have a look at the Happy Hamlet retreats!
And you don't have to take only our word for it.
WHAT PEOPLE & PRESS SAY
"This heart melting place is full of feeling. Its surroundings - nature, prospect, sun flower fields, narrow and curvy roads, old villages with gourmet markets and innovative festivals and events - are so inspiring no one wishes to be anywhere else!
I lost my heart to Happy Hamlet and I'm anxious to see what happens next when the renovations comes to an end. I heard there's already Finnish sauna in use. How exciting!
Can't wait for my next visit there." - RIIKKA
"I was privileged to spend 5 amazing days at The Happy Hamlet last summer, and I'm positive that there is no place happier on Earth than this! Suska and Nico, who own this little gem, are both such a hospitable and friendly people, that you'll feel instantly that you finally found your way home <3
The location is right in the middle of the most beautiful countryside ever, and you are surrounded by the total tranquillity and peace of mind. It's a true paradise for everybody who is searching a place where you can just... be." - ELINA
"Avancez lentement, vous découvrirez petit à petit les différentes bâtisses, toutes rénovées avec soin, dans le respect des traditions locales.
Loin du bruit et de l’agitation citadine, Happy Hamlet, n’est pas une citadelle. Le regard s’étend à l’horizon. Maitre du monde pour un instant, scrutant l’étendue de votre domaine.
Pas de barrière, pas de contrainte.
Chacun va et vient et vaque… Chat, chiens et chèvres en liberté, cette liberté chère aux habitants des lieux." - ANNE
In the press
Kotiliesi 16.11.2016 (print), 14.4.2017 (online) | Oikotie Kotiin 29.3.2017 | The Good Life in France April 12, 2017 | Iltalehti 16.04.2017