A BIT ABOUT US: Why we moved to the South West of France and what we striving to achieve here on our little bit of the planet.
Like so many other busy working people we didn’t have a great life/work balance and were not living in harmony with our environment as much as we should have been.
We knew our lives needed to change, there was little time for family visits, keeping healthy or taking any time out from work to have holidays or look after our own bodies and mental health. Stress had taken over the driving seat in our daily lives and it was time to make a BIG change.
John and I both come from a horticultural and design background and are both qualified gardeners. John has created and maintained wild and formal gardens in the UK for over 20 years and I worked in event floral design and as a floristry tutor prior to our move to from the UK.
We came to the Charente in the South West of France knowing we wanted to create an Eco Glamping Retreat for likeminded adult travellers and explorers looking to take time out from the fast lane, who care about the environment and want a tranquil holiday destination and are reassured that the owners emphasis is on protecting the flora, fauna and animals that live there. We instantly fell in love with the Charente’s stunning natural landscapes of forests, lakes, rambling fields and its hamlets and towns full of historical architecture and friendly people here. So our journey towards creating Forest Meadow Retreat began in August 2019 when we found our dream location.
Our Retreat has been taking shape over the last year and has transformed from a 3 acre field for a few sheep with thick 5ft high brambles, fallen trees and old farm fencing to a more biodiversity driven landscape with newly planted trees and shrubs for birds to shade in and feed from, a vegetable plot, orchard and meadow. Which is visited daily by wild birds, bees, butterflies, insects, hedgehogs and yes the odd snake. You may even see our rescue cats Bear, Icarus and Sox chasing blades of grass, field mice or each other whilst our chicken’s chit chat to each other. In the surrounding forest you may even glimpse the shadowy outline of passing deer or boar.
GLAMPING IS ….GLAMOROUS CAMPING
Staying at our Eco retreat doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality accommodation.
Our 5 metre all weather Bell Tents are fully furnished to a high standard. You are provided with linen, towels, tea/coffee facilities, you also have your own private Eco bathroom and each tent has coir flooring and a log burner to keep you cosy on those cooler evenings. For breakfast you can use your equipped dinning / cooking space or order breakfast to your tent (see tariff) we cater for vegans and vegetarians.
There are communal areas with a fire pit, lots of space to meditate, relax and a traditional games area for a bit of fun. We also have a large marquee for evenings socialising under cover, or why not just lie amongst the meadow flowers listening to the sounds of nature and watch the blue sky above.
Although our site has been created for Adult holidays, if you, your family and friends would enjoy staying at our Eco retreat and want to switch off those devices, enjoy the countryside and spend quality time together you can book our whole site. The site is available to block book for up to 18 people.
PLEASE NOTE (minimum booking must be all 6 tents for a minimum of 3 nights)
GROUPS AND ORGANISATIONS FOR BLOCK BOOKINGS
ART – YOGA – ASTRONOMY –CYCLING –PHOTOGRAPHY – WOMENS GROUPS
We are a fabulous location to run YOUR own retreat from. Contact us for details
WATCH OUR JOURNEY ON TV Why not follow our journey so far.
We have recently been followed by UK’S channel 4 ‘A New Life In The Sun’ team.
And we will be part of the new 2021 show that starts airing at 4pm UK time On the 4th January.
There has been tears, panic, ’what are we doing’? moments, laughter, lots of confusion with translation and yes all that 2020 threw at us! But we have kept going and we would like to say a big thank you to all of those that have helped us on the way.
1 Route de Suris, La Sudrie, Le Lindois, Charente, France
There is so much to see here in this part of France. We are ideally situated close to the Haute Vienne and Dordogne borders with many historical villages and towns with chateaux as well as beach lakes, animal parks, markets, restaurants, shopping, fishing, cycling, walking and plenty of tourist sites.
Located just 40 mins away from Limoges Airport in the beautiful countryside of the Charente only 5 mins from Montemboeuf. 12 mins from the local lake beaches and bars, and 25 mins from Saint Junien/ La Rochefoucauld/Confolens.
Arts and Crafts Weekends
We offer creative classes to join such as floral design, card making, felting and much more so if you fancy trying something new keep an eye on our diary. Booking in advance is a must.
Wedding and Events Venue
Wish to have a celebration somewhere a little different then you can block book our retreat with our stunning decorated marquee and outdoor forest feel venue space.
Fantastic weeks on the retreat for women travellers and explorers.
A few weeks every year we have women only guests to give female travellers the opportunity to spend time at our retreat where all other guests are women on their own journeys. It is a fantastic way to boost your confidence as a female traveller by sharing stories and experiences and tips with other women. If you are thinking of traveling alone or in a small group for the first time or would like to connect with other women travellers then this is for you. Come and make friends from around the globe. Contact us for details
A relaxing holiday in the country…
Our Glamping site is in the beautiful Charente with ECO Glamping tents are surrounded with stunning natural beauty and so many places to visit quality and stylish accommodation.
Your Glamping Experience
Your stay here will be a totally different experience to uniformed hotel rooms in busy towns and cities.
Our 5 mtr ALL season bell tents are fully furnished and uniquely decorated. In each tent there is a log burner, for cosy nights in, a fully equipped cooking and dining area and your own private bathroom. All accommodation has solar powered lighting and hot water with mobile phone and laptop charging ports.
As there are only 6 bell tents on our meadow there is plenty of space for you to relax, meditate, read a book or socialise in the communal spaces. You can take walks on the forest tracks to neighbouring hamlets or bike rides to the lakes.
Our glamping site is situated just 40 mins away from Limoges Airport in the beautiful countryside of the Charente only 5 mins from Montemboeuf. 12 mins from the local lake beaches and bars, and 25 mins from Saint Junien/La Rochefoucauld/Confolens.
WE ALSO HAVE ON SITE OUR DISABLED ACCESS TENT WITH ADAPTED FACILITIES AND PARKING SPACE
Included in your stay
- Bed Linen/Blankets
- Private Eco Bathroom
- Logs for log burner (one basket free 5 euros a basket thereafter)
- An equipped cooking/dining area (per tent)
- Available if required: Laundry service – Rapid wash and line dried €3.50 per load.
- Why not treat yourself to a breakfast basket (€12 per person)
- Croissants & bread selection
- Jams, honey, butter or nutella
- Yogurt and granola bowl with fresh fruit
- Orange juice
- Choice of available hot drinks
Working with nature
Here at Forest Meadow Retreat we work with nature to encourage biodiversity. We never use harmful chemicals on the land, we make our own plant feed from nettles and our cleaning products are all environmentally friendly. There is such an abundance of wildlife here, so it’s important to us to work with the surrounding environment which in turn lets you appreciate its beauty during your stay.
All guests grey water is piped to our Reed Bed System. There nature works magic with good bacteria and plants on filtering and cleaning it, then it is sent out to water the trees.
We use composting toilets which prevents wasting water and creates amazing compost for trees and shrubs. Also by leaving areas of wild flower meadow, planting fruit,vegetables and flowers it encourages wildlife to keep visiting us, especially bees!. So if you are a keen bird watcher, or you are interested in wildlife or flowers then this is the setting for a great holiday. And the sky here on a clear night …WOW, NOT TO BE MISSED.
We are continuously working on our vegetable garden, orchard and flower gardens, so we are hoping to provide a pick your own salad and fruit for guests too.
VIVA LA FRANCE
We love living here in the Charente, France, it is a beautiful country. The people have been very helpful and welcoming, and our commune appreciate what we are offering visitors and trying to achieve on our little patch of French Heaven. But as beautiful as the French Language is, it’s not easy. We are still learning and appreciate your patience when contacting us via email. We aim to get to you as soon as possible and love that our guests are continuing to help us learn more each day, Thank you.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Sharon, John and Elora.
PRICING AND DATES FOR 2021
PLEASE NOTE: OUR RETREAT IS FOR AGES 16 PLUS UNLESS YOU BOOK AS A WHOLE SITE FAMILY AND FRIENDS PACKAGE OR OTHER GROUP
- 1st April -31st October
- 100 euros per night per tent for 2 adults SELF CATERING
- Add an extra adult 40 euros per night – maximum 3 people per tent
- Breakfast to your tent 12 euros per person
- Please see our breakfast menu (vegans and vegetarians catered for)
- Minimum stay of 2 nights
- Charges include all tourist taxes
Forest Meadow Retreat Packages
Friends And Family Holidays
Reconnect with loved ones
Nearby Activities: walking, beach, lakes, chateaus, fishing, museums, adventure parks and much more.
5 Night Stay
Monday - Friday
Up to 18 People
Linen & towels provided
Contact us for details
corporate team building Holidays
4 night team building package
Includes: Accommodation – breakfasts – lite lunches – evening meals -meadow location- All linen & towels – group space for meetings with tea & coffee facilities.
4 Night Stay
For 10-18 people
Linen & towels provided
Treasure hunt & team games package
Includes: Equipment for team leaders to run. Plus a group art workshop with a tutor.
From €700 per person
Stay up to date
For our YOGA, ART, CRAFT, AND OTHER sessions please follow the link to our Facebook page for continuous updates and availability.
Yoga with Felicity
Fully qualified and insured teacher with sessions on Fridays (9am – 10.15am) and (11am – 12.15pm) priced at 10 euros pp/per class during our opening season but not 29th May or 5th June.
These classes are open to the public however guests need to be book via Felicity Yoga’s website. Any questions about the classes please contact Felicity direct. Limited spaces available, we are not responsible for any classes being cancelled or injuries whilst taking a class or any refunds being required.
Escape the hustle and bustle…
Our location is in the beautiful countryside of the Charente in France, ideal for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle or wanting to try something new. Unwind and have some fun at Forest Meadow Retreat.
information and flexibility of dates
Its easy to book your 2021 stay at Forest Meadow Retreat
- Book your dates with a 25% deposit
- Flexibility to move those dates if needed due to restrictions
- Only to other dates in 2021 (if available)
- Balance due 30 days before your stay begins
- Due to this kind of flexibility we cannot offer refunds if you cancel OR there are no dates left available for exchange in 2021.
Book your stay
Here’s what you need to know when booking with us.
- Our retreat is a minimum of 2 nights stay
- Check in after 3pm
- Check out of tent by 10am (from site by 12)
- Bookings are priced by the tent for two people.
- SORRY- No single person occupancy reductions.
- Extra person per tent 40 euros per night max 3 people per tent.
- Classes are an optional extra and at an additional cost to accommodation.