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The House & The Hill

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The House & The Hill

The House & The Hill is one of our sacred portals.

It is a retreat, sanctuary and creative space in the foothills of the French Pyrenees in South West France. There is a main house, a loft apartment, a creative studio and a lot of land.

The work is to bring the expansive and grounding nature of this place to others. To share in the wonder that occurs when we stop, step out of time and start listening, deeply. To show how we can change the way we live and work and play. To hold space and support for self-care. To help you recharge and find strength, clarity and joy in all that you are.


Where is it?

- 40 minutes drive from Perpignan, France -
- 3 hours drive from Barcelona, Catalunya -

Daily business flights from the UK into Toulouse and Barcelona
Low-cost flights into Perpignan, Carcassonne and Beziers
High-speed TGV train links from Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona.
By car: D117 off the A9 autoroute.

Fosse is in Pyrenees Orientales (Occitanie), Languedoc-Rousillon, France.

The small hamlet in the foothills of Mount Canigou is close to the Spanish border, mountain ski resorts and the Mediterranean coast between the Catalan city of Perpignan and the medieval city of Carcassonne. It is deep in the heart of ancient Cathar territory. The land is ancient, solid, grounding and full of magic.


What happens?

People come to slow down, to sleep, to take a much needed breath of fresh air and escape from the fast pace and intensity of everyday life.  Just you and the hills stretching as far as the eye can see. No distractions, no interruptions, just time and space so you can focus on exactly what matters:

  • Come to rest and to recharge.

  • Live alongside kindred spirits in the wilderness of the Pyrenees.

  • Walk the forest paths.

  • Listen to your needs.

  • Chop wood and carry water.

  • Swim in the rivers and sit around campfires.

  • Bring your projects and dreams.

  • Open your heart to creative possibility.

  • Believe in the magic of synchronicity and serendipity.

  • Find clarity and renewed commitment to your practice.


Maison Blanche

In 2019 the Main House- Maison Blanche was opened to residents.

The Loft

Our apartment - The Loft opened in 2012 for those needing to retreat to the mountains. It was a glorious exercise in love, design and craft, marking a transition from a heady intellectual world back into the body.



Main House


Maison Blanche - Farmhouse Rental

Main House


Maison Blanche - Farmhouse Rental

 

Maison Blanche

Built circa 1600

Maison Blanche is the home of writer, artist and weaver Emma Wallace. It is a three storey stone farmhouse with walls two foot thick and great oak beams. There are red terracotta roof tiles that occasionally blow off in a storm. There is a chimney, woodburning stove and a larder that has mice from time to time.

Scattered over the three floors are several bedrooms, bathrooms and living spaces. There is a kitchen built from a wheatsheafing machine and a lot of pots and pans that hang from the ceilings. The kitchen tap has never sat correctly but I like to pretend it is one of those fancy restaurant ones that moves about. Several visiting men have tried to fix it. I tell them this is not possible, but they try anyway and then give up.

In the winter it is cold so we sit by the fires or put on more woollen jumpers - slippers are recommended. In the summer it is cool inside and provides the perfect conditions for a siesta when the temperatures head into the 30's. The temperatures are rising year on year. We notice the drought and the flood. There are plans to build an Ark. Sometimes there are flies, so be careful not to walk into one of those sticky fly-catching devices that hang from a drawing pin.

From €95 per night. Weekly and Monthly rentals are available.

There is a tradition (or plain old habit) in this village to name the homes after their residents. The House of Blanche was the home of Blanche Rapidel until the 1990's. The Rapidel family have been landowners in the village of Fosse since the late 1600's. They still are. One of them grows a crop of potatoes each year in an allotment by the communal bins but he is quite an illusive creature. I wouldn't recognise his face. I swear he comes under cover of darkness. — Emma

 

The Loft


The Loft - Apartment Rental

The Loft


The Loft - Apartment Rental

Stay at The Loft

Built 2012

 

Perfect for writers, thinkers and those searching for
distraction-free time to focus on what matters.

The Loft is a modern barn conversion with en-suite bathroom and private terrace, next door to the main house. An all-year round creative retreat, a bright, spacious & luxury escape with a contemporary feel and traditional French vintage features. Split over three levels, it has a private south-facing sun terrace, a modern and well-equipped kitchen, original oak beams, handcrafted carpentry made from our local oak and beech trees by the chisel and hammer of our friend and ally, traditional carpenter Dan Jones, original artwork from artist-in-residence evryman and a roaring log burning stove for cold winter nights. There is a library. Of course.

 
 
 
 

A spacious, one bedroom self-catering loft apartment with private sun terrace, lounge, en-suite bathroom and fully equipped modern kitchen.

  • Stylish modern interior

  • Hand-sprung double mattress and solid oak bed

  • White cotton bed linen, goose-down duvet

  • Exposed stone walls and terracotta tiled floors

  • Original oak beams and traditional features

  • Fluffy towels and bathrobes.

  • Local toiletries

  • Lounge with comfortable seating and wood burner

  • Wifi, Flatscreen TV and docking station

  • Local wine, still and sparkling water, coffee and tea

  • Private sun deck

Bath towels and bed linen are provided and there is a parking space for your use next to the apartment.  If you're looking for somewhere to store ski, surf or cycling gear, secure storage space is also available.

Prices

From €60/night

The Atelier Studio


The Atelier - Studio Space

The Atelier Studio


The Atelier - Studio Space

 

The Atelier - Studio Space

A small artist and writer studio space opposite the Main House. Originally a stone barn where the pigs, chickens and rabbits were kept for generations, The Atelier is now a maker space filled with tools, artists materials and workbenches.  Basic materials are provided for reasonable use – we can also accept additional materials for your project at your own cost in advance, just let us know your shipping dates.

 
 
 

The Village


The Village - Fosse, 66220 PyrénéEs-OriÈntales

The Village


The Village - Fosse, 66220 PyrénéEs-OriÈntales

 

Fosse, Fossa, Foça - from the latin meaning pit, ditch or cavity. 

The village of Fosse, Les Cabanes sits in an open valley of the Fenouillèdes hills crossed by the river Matassa, a tributary of the Désix that has its source in the pine and beech forest of Boucheville. The valley is a protected natural zone filled with orchid meadows, wild thyme and olive trees. Our neighbour Pierre's organic beef herd graze in the meadows. It is hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

Les Cabanes (from the latin capanna = hut, rudimentary house) is mentioned in 1011 as a possession of the Abbey of Saint-Michel de Cuixà. A text dated 1347 shows that Les Cabanes was then a parish. The first records refer to the founding village and stronghold of Perles in 889, part of the land owned by the monastery of Saint-Martin-Lys. Abandoned in medieval times, the church bell of Perles was brought to Fosse and is rung alongside the bells in the church dedicated to Sainte Assiscle, a female Christian martyr.

There were about fifty inhabitants in 1700, then eighty in 1750. This figure increased in the first half of the nineteenth century, with a maximum of 137 inhabitants in 1836. Subsequently, the population has continued to decline. I arrived here in 2010 to a population of about thirty people. In 2016 little Louisa, the warrior, was born. She is now three years old, the same age as my nephew. These pathways belong to her now. In 2018 we welcomed the arrival of two new babies, a sister for Louisa and a first baby boy child to our cowboy Pierre and his beloved, Clare; our numbers are slowly rising.

The next generation is founded. We tend to this land for them.

 

Map


Map & Directions to The House & The Hill

Map


Map & Directions to The House & The Hill

 

The House & The Hill is approximately 1hr from Perpignan International Airport on the Mediterranean Coast in the South of France.  3 hours by road from Barcelona International and 2 hours from Toulouse-Blagnac.  From the D117 take the D9 mountain road from Caudies de Fenouilledes, heading towards Le Vivier.