+33 960 515 706 or +44 7879 473546 jane.appel@orange.fr

Hallo one and all!  Bonjour, nos amis!

Feeling shut in? Not able to travel?

That need not stop you joining Martin and I at Le Clos du Verger.  Check out our Facebook page for Le Clos du Verger to see more.

Follow this link  https://www.facebook.com/ClosduVerger/

Looking forward to you joining us online, even if you can’t get here in person right now.


Meet the animals

Close encounters with the goats Here are Butch and Phoebe. They are cousins. Butch loves us to tickle him between his horns. They are part of our little herd of 5 goats that we keep just for fun and to graze our meadows. They have enjoyed extra attention during our 2 months of Covid19 lock down.

And here are the happy hens. They have all our” lower orchard” for their home. They keep us in eggs year round.

Every morning and evening we walk round the grounds, checking the animals, filling up water buckets, pulling up a few weeds, and just enjoying our countryside. Lock down has been easy here – we are very fortunate. The place is alive with birdsong at this time of year. Swallows swoop round our barns, and buzzards and kites quarter the fields. A birdwatcher staying here counted 40 different species before he stopped counting.

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Jane and Martin took on an abandoned and uninhabitable farm near Bergerac in the Dordogne area of France. and, over 3 years of very hard work, brought the buildings back to life. The farm was named Le Clos du Verger (with the postman’s permission!) and has since become a delightful holiday inspiration for couples, or small families renting one of the two holiday gîtes on the site.