Discover the place
For five years, friends, family, neighbours, young Europeans, all helped us in turns to make our mad self-building project come true : half renovating an old stone house, half building a straw-insulated extension with a wooden structure (see the building work blog in French).
It is now a 200 m2 house standing on 2000 m2 grounds, set on the Mailly village territory.
The hillside sloping ground is lined at its bottom by a stream, and surrounded by fields with grazing Charolais cows. We make the most of the limited space by gradually conceiving harmonious terraces and a variety of spaces each offering different atmospheres and views which change with the seasons. In our quest for biodiversity, we plant different local plants every year creating hedges, orchards, and flowerbeds. We constantly improve our fruit orchard and are careful to make our place a welcoming place for birds and wildlife.
The house is located at the heart of the property. It spreads on three floors, with a ground floor and a garden level floor opening up to outside terraces. The ground floor is the hosts’ territory, whilst the meals are shared in the big communal living space on the garden level floor. Special care has been taken when transforming the place to give the garden and house maximal natural light.
All materials we used are eco-friendly and healthy, and we use salvaged materials where possible.
Inside, all rooms are insulated with natural materials, and wood-heated. All the power cables are shielded in order to avoid electromagnetic disturbances. There is no Wi-Fi, but most rooms have internet cables. Water sanitation is done by phytopurification and we collect rain water.
Further accommodation is offered in the form of a self-built yurt. We made the wooden structure and the floor of the yurt ourselves, using local trees. The walls and the roof are insulated with hemp felt, the wooden floor with cellulose wadding. The cotton canvas was tailor-made in France.
UNDER DEVELOPMENT :
- Installing an outdoor lavatory, dry toilets and a solar shower for the yurt
- Fitting solar thermal panels to provide hot water for sanitary use
- Connecting the flush toilets to the rain water supply
- Designing a natural playground for the children
- Creating a small amphitheater
- Building a natural pool and a steam bath