The dream was born in Djibouti. That’s where a couple, with Finnish/Czech and French origins, tried out a smaller version of the bigger plan: to renovate an old farmhouse into a vacation rental in the rustic countryside of France. Finding the Happy Hamlet – after seeing 85 other houses all over France – is how it came true.
Dressed in white Quercy stones, it’s easy to see how the old farm-hamlet that dates back centuries caught their attention. Then came the soul. According to the couple, Napoleonic land register shows the settlement was once habited by five families, and the hamlet’s last life was as a goat cheese farm.
With 13 hectares of land composed by nature, from forests and prairies to bamboo trees, fields, and gardens, a wise plan would be to arrive, stop your engine, and let the chirping of grasshoppers, the hoot of the owl, and the bass-heavy burps of the lake frogs become your soundscape.
Pursuits here consist of enjoying a sauna in a barrel among the expanse of greenery – Finns, sauna masters of the world, like to pair heat with the practice of omissa oloissaan, or aloneness with one’s thoughts – or swimming in the chlorine-free pool. The land is also prime for walks, running, cycling, and even horse-riding (the neighbors have over a dozen).
Nourish both hunger and creative itches by rooting the garden for delicious dish ingredients. Look hard enough, and you’ll find nearly anything – even hazelnuts, olives, wild asparagus, and truffles.
For those in search of a creative recharge, this vacation rental in France gives a whole new definition to “happy place.” Read more about the tiles in this home in our Journal section here.