Acres Wild Woodlands owns and runs a natural woodland retreat in a hidden corner of the wild Pyrenean mountains in the Ariege region of south west France.
We established our base here in 2000, and have been gradually bringing the woodlands and meadows back into sensitive management ever since. The land surrounds a 100 year old stone cattle barn which has been converted into a small residential field centre.
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Peaceful and secluded
This is an extremely peaceful and secluded rural property of wildflower meadows and extensive natural woodlands, organic gardens and orchards. We have our own stream, which supplies mountain spring water to the barn. The stream has a natural wildlife pool area and small cascades in a shaded and fern rich wooded valley. There are a number of opportunities for quiet reflection and relaxation.
Facilities are basic but clean, green and functional. We are entirely off the grid at around 1000 metres altitude, using solar power, stream water and composting toilets and solar showers. We provide delicious home cooked healthy fare during our courses and you are welcome to pick your own raspberries and fruit in season from our organic gardens and orchards.
Properties to rent
The Barn, woodland and meadows are available to rent for family holidays, camping groups or to run your own small course or retreat, subject to availability. We also provide additional accommodation in furnished bell tents, just let us know what you are looking for and we will do our best to help.
Accommodation options include the barn itself (sleeps 4 to 6), luxury bell tents with beds and bedding provided, and numerous wild camping options (under the stars, in hammocks, in natural shelters, or in tents provided). There are plenty opportunities for evening campfires. Prices start from £250 per week. We are also pleased to help organise bespoke holidays. For bespoke holidays or private hire please contact us at any time and we will do our best to accomodate you subject to availability.
Recreational and cultural attractions
For those interested in hiking we have detailed knowledge of great local routes (donkey hire can also be organised to support longer treks). The area has numerous local cultural attractions (see www.ariege.com for a sample) or you may simply prefer relaxing in this peaceful mountain location.
Low-impact green tourism
We work with a number of groups and individuals to promote low-impact green tourism and environmental education courses, as well as bringing people back to nature in more informal ways. The land and accommodation are also available for private hire for your own holiday purposes, to develop small enterprises, run courses or host retreat. We are constantly developing new ideas for collaboration so please do contact us at any time.
People who stay here fall in love with the place and come back over and over again!
“Just a quick email to say ‘thank you’. We all had a fantastic time, were very comfortable and loved being in the ariege, particularly your valleys. What a lovely bunch of friendly people live in this area and what a wonderful place to live! ”
Andy, Katherine, Benjamin, Rebecca, Oliver and Sebastian xxx
“Things are going very well here. Weather has been amazing but today is wet so have put the fire on. We are very happy living here, than you!
Love Nick and Julie
There are also occasional and varied volunteering opportunities, for more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org