La Colle en Provence
Discover a creative peace in the middle of nowhere
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The adventure starts when you change over to one of our 4x4s at La Blache and ride down the track into our private estate.
En route you can start to relax and be in awe of the unfolding dominant view. Nature at its best, wild yet dotted by the scalpel of the farmer's hands. Roaming sheep, wild boar, deer, natural oak forests, olive plantations, lavender, wild thyme and much more.
At the end of this 10-minute ride, you start to catch a glimpse of the red tiled Provencal rooftops of our tiny hamlet of La Colle en Provence and have your first glimpse of your private, peaceful views from our estate.
Step back from the stress of life and concentrate on developing your life in an awe inspiring creative place. Just right for the Digital Entrepreneur.
THE BEST IDEAS COME OUT OF THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE
Waking up to some of the most amazing sunrises, help you reflect and rezone your life in this peaceful and uncomplicated natural haven.
Here you and members of your group can get down to the serious business of creating and developing your world. Don't know anyone well you soon will.
Some people arrive and just don't want to leave, but when you do the short trip down the track gets you to anywhere in Europe in no time at all.
ROOM FOR DIGITAL NOMADS
We have two houses and can comfortably fit twelve people; there are various combinations; two queen beds, one queen or two twins, and four singles.
The rooms are shared but, there can be up to five separate rooms with a singles supplement, each sleeping area is over 20m2, and throughout the property, there are comfortable places to work. For guests that are looking for more economy there is one dormitory room in the Main House.
3G, 4G, Satellite Internet, Netflix, BBC TV, Film Library, Books, Games, Outdoor Living, Pool, Badminton/Shuttlecock, BBQ, local Hiking, plus much more.
THE MAIN HOUSE
The Main House is the larger of the two properties and features an immense coliving space know as a "Voute".
It has 3 large bedrooms and a lovely country kitchen, where we prepare the feasts together.
During the winter months, there is an enormous open fireplace where we roast chestnuts and marshmallows while discussing the topics of the day.
Included in the coliving offer, is the weekly tidy-up service and bed linen change which is usually on Saturdays and while we are on one of our trips.
We have all sorts of entertainment available, from film libraries, books which are offered on leave one take one basis, games, Xbox, quality hi-fi and 52" BBC Satelite TV.
There are comfortable seating everywhere and additional tables that can be set up as workspaces.
BRING YOUR TRIBE & WORK WHEN YOU WANT
You can bring your whole tribe for a week/month/more long work session.
You can have access to printers and scanners. La Colle has been restored from a ruined hamlet and is perched on a hill overlooking the Provence valley below.
We have built this year an outdoor work space complete with 10/12 seater tables, coffee, fridge and electrical points. This space has a fantastic panoramic view of the valley below and will surely help you create your best work.
TIME TO RELAX AND EXPLORE
This retreat is based on you having a great Nomad house and Coliving experience. While you are at our base, you will also have time to explore our estate, its woods, prairies and discover its lavender fields, olive plantations and more.
Discover the pleasure of our swimming pool, local trips to the Forcalquier market and see some of the most beautiful areas of this part of Provence so encapsulated by the world's leading artists: Van Gogh, Cezanne and much more. Even Turner has been here....
FOOD AND DRINKS
The Mediterranean diet admired for its healthy living properties, mixed with Asian twists we can explore the advantages of both.
Due to our off-the-grid position, it is better that we offer food and drinks, there is a bring your own food option, but you will probably need a car or have to link in with the weekly shopping trips. However, Coliving is a way we can all share our variety of tastes.
There are two kitchens and outside cooking areas therefore if you wish to have meat, please state your preference at the time of booking. We also have local organic lamb grown on our domain.
GALILEO IS THE QUIET HOUSE
Galileo is the quiet Coliving house, and for the more zen based guests, it can be fully self-contained and has a capacity of four (one double and two single bedrooms).
Galileo is more like a loft and has stunning 400-year-old natural oak beam roof and the most impressive view of the valley below. It has its entertainment system, library, cooking and utility machines.
FIND YOUR SOULMATE
We would all like to find our soulmates to share our experiences with, travel the road together, live the life!
Every year, we hold special sessions where you can meet other people just like you and have fun and enjoy the best of Provence, its beauty and its warmth. These dates are usually around the months of June and July.
If this becomes popular, then we will allocate more dates to the year's calendar, like Autumn meets where not only can you enjoy the colour of the season but also the warmth of our open fires.
NATURE AT YOUR DOORSTEP
Straight out of the entrances is the courtyard, with its various communal points. BBQs, terrace with views, outside living and working areas. The pool is not ten metres away with its sun loungers and coliving beach.
Surrounding this is access to the park with its woods, tracks, lavender fields and prairies. We do most of our outdoor activities in the park.
Dotted about La Colle are quiet nooks set up with chairs and tables, where you can enjoy the summer breeze and create at will. (screen permitting).
THE SWIMMING POOL
We work on opening the pool late April-May so that it can be enjoyed in the hotter months of the year and goes through to October.
It is 10.5m x 4.5m and has its own beach with plenty of relaxing sun loungers and spaces. It is a painted pool, therefore, needs quite a lot of maintenance, hence the varied opening times.
OUR TEAM IS HERE TO HELP YOU
We will try and make your French Coliving experience as nice and fruitful as possible. We will strive to introduce you to the best sites and sounds of Provence and the French ways of enjoying life from food to history.
At least once a week we will go to the market, and you can enjoy the pleasures of visiting Forcalquier which is the nearest main town.