A little description of the Hamlet before your visit.
Because we think you should. Visit.
The Happy Hamlet is an old farm-hamlet that dates back centuries, built with the beautiful white Quercy stones. The Napoleonic land register shows our settlement was habited by five families – a lot had taken place already before them, and a lot in between them and us. The last duty of the property, before turning into the Happy Hamlet, was serving as a goat cheese farm. The products were, and are still as production continues nearby, a popular local treat (speaking of treats, here’s a little foodie map, we’re pretty much covered with local farmers and artisans).
Now it’s our pleasure to give this old beauty a new breath of life and you are welcome to join us.
We’re located in the beautiful and rather untouched region on the Southwest French countryside. An hour north of Toulouse, 2 hours from Bordeaux, and 2.5 hours from the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees. Plenty of medieval villages around to explore and to experience the more authentic France as it is today. Have a look at the map and distances here.
Read more about our region here – we think you might get tempted to visit!
The Guest House & The Rooms
Our guest house is renovated by preserving as much of the old as possible yet keeping the comfort in mind. We’ve given new life to many recycled treasures allowing them to tell the stories from the past. All the five guest rooms are spacious with the option of double or twin beds each, each bathroom gets natural light from the windows, and the decor comes with number of stories from the past. Ask them and they will tell you!
The huge barn has been transformed into a multifunctional area with a large space for activities (yoga, presentations, workshops or other), a professional kitchen and a bar, a dining room, a lounge to read or to play games or to just sit down and engage in a conversation.
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The Natural Pool
The swimming pool is a natural one without chlorine or any other chemicals added. Nico will gladly explain you the seven different filtering and cleansing methods. The terrace is perfect not only for relaxing but also for a small-group yoga or pilates session. Or an occasional apero, as well!
We have a sauna in a barrel, which is (even for the sauna-master-Finns) an exotic experience. Views open to either beautiful greenery or thousands of stars, depending when you wish to take your “löyly” (a Finnish word that describes at the same time the steam and the heat and the sound from throwing water on the stones). If you haven’t tried one yet, it’s about time. We are quite sure the relaxing effect, both for body as well as mind, will make you want to do it again!
We’re surrounded by 13 ha of our own land with forests, prairies, bamboo trees, fields and gardens – numerous secret nooks and green hideaways for you to enjoy. The diversity of the Hamlet outdoors is something we ourselves enjoy the most! Forget about the noise pollution, here the only sound distractions would be.. well.. a concert by the frogs from the lake below joined by the sonata of the grasshoppers. Or something in the tunes of that. And the owl has something to say every now and then.
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No matter when in the season you visit, we’ll always have yummies in our garden: tomatoes, salads, onions, garlic, peppers, green beans, peas, aubergine, courgette and potatoes and all the herbs. Truffle and wild asparagus hide in our woods (don’t tell anyone!). Fruit trees with figues, walnuts and hazelnuts, almonds, apples, pears, peaches, plums and cherries – even olives. None of ours are as perfect-colored or shaped as they come in the supermarkets – but we can assure you that the fresh tomato from the vine or a fig from a tree will be a treat!
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