We are Caitlin MacRae and Marianne de Kleer, two friends and colleagues who share a love for France. We have travelled all over the world and are passionate about the connections and experiences that come from exploring different cultures. Our dream has been to create an opportunity for others to experience the joys of the French countryside – one of our favourite places in the world.
In 2000, we bought an ‘ensemble’ of buildings in St Privat du Dragon. In other words we bought an old farmhouse property with all the buildings necessary for farming – in our case, three adjoining houses, barn, stables, sheds, even a pig shed, (though luckily no pig!). These buildings were in various states of repair, with the main house almost immediately habitable. A few years of renovations later, our Farmhouse was ready for its first guests. Our buildings are located within the village, but have a beautiful, unobstructed south-facing view of the valley. The other houses and barns in the village are mostly operational farms, and the farmers take their cows out to the surrounding pastures each morning.
Since we bought the house in 2000, our families, friends and guests have visited and enthusiastically shared in our dream, enjoying: wine-tasting, shopping for antiques at local markets, visiting châteaux & medieval churches, walking & biking in the beautiful countryside, practicing French, savouring fresh produce and local specialties, and especially relaxing with a glass of wine in the secluded garden, delighting in the beautiful view.