A few dates

  • 1824Construction of the house at La Maurelle
    1888Construction of the original barn
    1889Construction of the bread oven and of the "sécadou", chestnut drying shed
    1936Alteration and enlargement of the barn built in 1888
    1983 - 1990Medicinal and aromatic plant farm
    1997 - 2003Organic Group Garden: Vegetable production and botanical activities
    Since 1995Guesthouse and nature related activities

Legends and plants

Drawn to its granite stone walls and pristine environment, I settled at La Maurelle in 1982. Since then I have endeavoured in bringing back to life this old farmhouse, always keeping sustainability and respect for the environment in mind.

Raised on a farm, I have inherited my Grandmother’s recipes and knowledge about plants which she herself had inherited from her ancestors. As a nature lover, over time, I have collected and catalogued more than 300 botanic species at La Maurelle.

Through walks and activities, I share my knowledge and experience, thereby contributing to preserving our botanical heritage and passing out ancestral know-how about domestic tasks, nutrition, clothing, and management of rural environment.

I propose a simple approach to gardening, encouraging the (re)discovering of vegetables and edible plants, aromatic and medicinal plants:

  • Plants in their habitat and how to care for them.
  • Seasons and their tasks (propagation, cultivation, harvest, drying, preserves, usage).
  • Compost: the best recycling ever.

I would like to introduce you to garden delights, countryside flavours and the soul of the seasons.

Sincerly yours,

Monique Jacquemond