Our aim is to give you a peaceful, relaxing holiday in a tranquil and naturally beautiful setting. What you won’t find here is a theme park with over-the-top organised activities.
Some of the photos are from the previous owner, who gave us permission to use them. As time goes by we will be able take our own and replace these.
The Vacherie, once the old cow shed, now a cosy meeting place, which serves as the reception, bar and restaurant for evening meals (3x weekly). You can enjoy your morning coffee here, as well as having your night cap in the evening, and everything in between.
There is a small library from which you can borrow books or an exchange of 'take-one-leave-one'
Free WiFi is available here and in the courtyard.
The courtyard is an amazing space, surrounded by the old buildings of the main house, Le Gîte, La Vacherie, La Remise (craft/play/art studio) and the old wood fired bread oven. The heady aroma of roses, rosemary and lavender conjures up everything you imagine summer to be, not to mention the loaded fig trees.
It is a perfect place to spot and hear the mischievous European Little Owls and their young, together with the Kestrels who make Le Mas their home.
The sanitary block has four very spacious walk-in showers, four washbasins, three toilets and one urinal.
Next door, along the path you'll find washing-up facilities with four sinks.
Even further along the path are the facilities to empty your porta potty/chemical toilet, if you happen to have one. Important notice : You are only allowed to empty in here if you use an eco-friendly/organic fluid in your toilet Do NOT dump the real chemical stuff here. There is a place in the village for disposing if you use any other.
Unfortunately, we cannot promise there will be laundry facilities this summer. In case of emergencies you can ask Patricia for the use of her private washing machine. Happy to oblige.
By the time the spring arrives we will have decking and safety guard (to protect children) around the pool area.
From the pool you have a beautiful view over the green and undulating landscape. We use salt to filter the water which gives it a softer and more enjoyable experience. It also has less impact on the environment.
Children should be supervised at all times.
Before we became owners of Le Mas d'Ayen, there wasn't any focus on potential children visiting. We are planning on changing that, albeit slowly.
For the summer we are hoping to create a splash pad for the youngest among us, so they can enjoy the pleasure of water without the dangers of a swimming pool.
La Remise (coach house) , one of the outbuildings by the courtyard, next to La Vacherie, is a dedicated space for creative things and art, also board games, jigsaw puzzles and other toys are available (including Lego).
Open from 14:00 till 17:00. Children must be supervised by at least one parent or other adult (who may be nearby in the courtyard). Before leaving La Remise, all things should be put away in its rightful place.
The coach house is set up for artists and creatives. Whether you are a pro or amateur, you can make use of this space anytime during the day, except July and August, between 14:00 and 17:00, because then it's the kids turn to be creative.
You can bring your own art materials or use what is there. We have a couple of easels available too. Some materials, like simple canvasses can be bought here.
So come in and capture the beauty of the area, you won't regret it.
Baguettes, breads, croissants can all be ordered the day before and will be available in La Vacherie from 9am the next morning. At the bar there will be a form on which you can fill out your order.
Evening meals are served in La Vacherie three times weekly (Tuesday, Friday and Sunday)
Patricia is a keen and very good cook. Her food has rustic flair and makes your taste buds dance a little jig. While most ingredients are either locally sourced or come from the organic veggie patch, the cuisine is international.
The set-up is a successive buffet of, first the starter, with salads and/or cold meats, followed by main course and, lastly, dessert.
The week menu will appear on the blackboard and you can register to join us until 10pm the evening before. Registering takes place in La Vacherie by adding your name to the Table d’hôte form.
We also cater for vegetarians (very tasty and wholesome), but please let us know when registering.
Adults : €23,00 pp
Children under 4 y/o : free, includes a small ice cream
Children under 12 y/o : €11,00 pp for main course and child friendly dessert