ABOUT MY PROJECT
I live alone on an 18th century French farm comprising a main house on 3-levels and 5 two-storey barns, set in over 27-acres of undulating valley woodland and gardens. The house is set 600m above sea level, with stunning views of the midi-Pyrenees that stretch for 130km!
The property sits at the heart of an ambitious renovations project open to volunteers, and offers a rewarding off-grid experience with a difference, centred around its transformation into a working house, creative retreat and public park.
There are no less than 3 natural water sources on-site and planning consent to renovate and extend the property. At the moment there is a main electricity supply.
I have a pet sheep, rooster, cat and god that live in and around the house. They are all human-friendly/domesticated. I would like to acquire more animals in the near future as pets, a food supply and as a means of educating young volunteers.
There is also an orchard with 8 varieties of apple, walnuts, pears, dates, plums and peaches. In 2015 I created a food brand (“27Acres”) to support the production, promotion and sales of organic food produce made by volunteers.
In the long-term, I would like to transform one of the larger barns into a multi-purpose venue so that we can host all kinds of corporate and private events, which will help raise money to fund future restoration work and arts projects.
Also on the property is a cave (wine cellar), workshop, and antiques showroom – another initiative that offers volunteers the chance to make or restore furniture to help raise money to fund on-site works.
I’m single, 38, very creative, a free-spirit in all senses of the word, fun-loving, generous and very open minded. I gave up life in London for obvious reasons; preferring instead the open space, tranquility, natural wildlife and privacy of life in the country.
I’M LOOKING FOR…
People who share my passion and ambition to make this project a success and give others the chance to experience off-grid living in the south of France. You don’t have to be a professional crafts-person, but a creative flair and a lot of energy is important. Volunteers are welcome to build their own cabins; either by using the materials on-site or by purchasing professionally made eco-kits. All volunteers will be expected to help with the ongoing maintenance of the grounds and will be invited to host workshops or other initiatives – benefitting from free use of the outbuildings (subject to availability).
THE LEGAL BIT
You will have the opportunity to create your own space within the grounds, which you can use whenever you visit. If you decide you’d like to make this a home-from-home, a standard CRB check (or equivalent) will be required as well as an informal meeting to allow all parties to meet, mingle and asses whether it is right for them. A lease will then be drawn up for a maximum of 5 years, which may be renewed after each term. The value of each lease will be calculated on case-by-case basis.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Please visit www.MaisondArtProjects.work
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