Who are we

We are Frank and Diana, and are originally from North Holland. Frank has a background in ICT, and Diana was a biologist/researcher. Already during our first days of nursing it became clear that we shared a longing for a foreign adventure. However, we also had very nice jobs, nice family and friends, and after buying our first house, the foreign idea went into the background. We experienced these adventures especially during our many holidays, diving, wandering, birding, photographing. A very nice life, nothing to complain about. But still it tickles.
Until finally a reorganisation at work gave us the push to get back to work with the idea of working abroad. More space and peace (bad sound), a little warmer, and even a little more “putting down”, that’s where our idea started. Energy-neutral living, ecological, food from our own country… just a few fantasies bubbling up…

And after a few years of Spanish lessons and orientation to Spain, we saw the water shortage, desiccation and forest fires increase and realised that this could cause us major problems. No matter how much fun and beauty we find Spain, we didn’t see a future here. But what and where …. Italy too expensive, Portugal the same problems as in Spain …

What about France? But yes, we didn’t know France, and so did our (firm) prejudices. So where to start…

Investigating those prejudices– that’s Diana in the blood– started online. Online at real estate sites and with coincidental TV footage of the Dordogne that appealed to us, we began to become more and more curious. And that prompted us to switch to French lessons, and a visit to France.

But where about… France is rather big…

To limit the search area in France, we used climate maps; where is it sunny enough for solar panels, and where is there enough rain so the land doesn’t dry up… With some of these maps we came to a demarcation, and coincidentally the Dordogne fell into it as well. In the autumn holidays of 2018 we got in the car for a first acquaintance for a week of crisscrossing through our search area. And to make a long story short: we liked the surroundings, there was plenty of peace and quiet and space, the people were so friendly and fun, and the food was good, … so it could just be France.

After some additional trips with targeted houses and landscapes, and some adjustments here and there, we bought our house and land in the Corrèze in the winter of 2019/2020. And although the search started technically and mentally, during the first visit we both walked around this place with a lump in our throats of positive emotions. A place that offers space to make our little fantasies come true.

A place to give back to flowers and bees, to generate our own energy, with enough water to cultivate and use the land. How much satisfaction would it give us to share this place with others, to make all kinds of intimate corners and to offer inspiring yoga retreats here. In a millisecond all kinds of options came up…

And that’s where our French adventure began, which we would like to show you and experience.