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Ria uitrusten

⛺️ The reason for our departure from the Netherlands was that we were tired of the crowds in the Netherlands and were looking for a quieter environment. Here in the green Northern Ardèche it is still really peaceful and you can still find large parts of untouched nature. Many of our neighbors live here an orderly and relatively simple life. Because we are also striving for that ourselves, we are very much in the right place here.

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Our ideas about how we want to live here can be broken down into two goals:

⛺️ First, we want to be self sustaining as much as possible, through growing our own vegetables and keeping farm animals. With this in mind the following animals are present on our farm: chickens, rabbits and goats. The vegetable garden has been restored from the very beginning and supplies fruit and vegetables for large part of the year. We run the entire business operations on the basis of respect for animals, nature and the environment.

⛺️ The second goal is to develop small-scale tourist activities at Bastier. On one hand by means of a small environmentally friendly and spacious campsite, on the other hand through the rental of yurts (Mongolian nomadic tents), gîtes (apartments), caravans and chambers (rooms). Peace, conviviality and authenticity are important starting points.

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⛺️ As part of the second goal, we have been renovating and restoring the farm for the past 15 years. If possible we do and oversee this ourselves. We started with our own living space and the main building has now been renovated as well. A chambre (room) and a Gite (apartment) have also been completed. In addition, one of the outbuildings has been converted into sanitary facilities and a gîte. In 2014 the roof of the goat barn was replaced. 36 Solar panels installed on the south side provide (partly) for our electricity supply and for those of the houses in our neighborhood. Currently (2017) the renovation of the roof on the largest barn is under way.

Dak vervangen

⛺️ The campsite has already been running a number of successful seasons, with increasing numbers of visitors every year. In 2013 we were authorized by the department to realize an expansion to 12 places.

⛺️ The chambre & table d'hôte and the rental of the gîtes have also developed nicely. Every year we welcome guests who want to taste the tranquility of Bastier and in a more literal sense enjoy all of the products available on our farm. Several guests have joined us at our table to enjoy our table d’hôte.
Table d'hôte is a French custom, in which guests actually eat along, so you join the table of the host and hostess. At Bastier we offer a three course dinner.

Yurt 1

⛺️ The authentic Mongolian yurt attracts every year guests who want to stay at the campsite but have "another" vacation in mind without having to bring all their camping gear. Starting in 2018 we also have a wooden chalet for rent.

⛺️ In the summer months Bastier is often "complet", but because Bastier is spacious (the tourist part is located on just over one hectare) you do not notice that at all.

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⛺️ Traditionally, in June, we first accommodate a number of participants of the Ardéchoise. This is a cycle tour through the surrounding area with an average of 13,000 participants who cover distances of up to 600 km (multi-day trip) or 270 km (in one day).

⛺️ July and August are the more traditional holiday months in which we receive many families. Older guests often help (for clarity: on a voluntary basis!) in the vegetable garden or with other jobs. The youngest guests help with the care of the animals and often they have mastered the milking of the goats and they return home with a milking certificate at the end of their stay.


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