Un Lit au Pré is only found on small-scale farms, where we, the farmer and our family, are passionate about preserving the long-term future of the French countryside !
You are our guests and we are looking forward to showing you round our farm. We would also like you to think of our stay together as a shared chance to hone our language skills ! Speak English slowly with us, then we can reply clearly in French - that way we both know each other's languages and cultures a little better. You'll find everything necessary for a carefree stay on your chosen Un Lit au Pré and there is nothing you need to bring from home as you'll have all this at your disposal :
Harvesting, making cheese, milking, taking care of the cattle and young animals. There's lots to learn and discover on Un Lit au Pré.
Some farmers grow vegetables, others rear cattle or even horses. Home-made marmelade, butter, cheese and eggs can be found in the Farm Larder. No farm is the same.
Our Un Lit au Pré farms can only be found on small-scale farms where the farmer and their family are passionate about preserving the long-term sustainable future of our countryside.
We think the Farm Tour is a real highlight of a Un Lit au Pré holiday. Informal but informative, our farmers provide an insight into a way of life that keeps centuries-old traditions alive, in which the work is hard, but the rewards are real. Children love meeting the animals, and they’re given a real sense of where the meals you all share - whether from the Farm Larder or the supermarket - actually come from.
You'll also get to know the animals during the tour. What can be more fun than hugging a small calf. And then just standing next to the animal and being able to stroke it, without a fence or a ditch in between. A bit scary maybe, as it can make quite sudden movements, but it is wonderful to be able to be so close to nature.
The beautiful surroundings of our farms lend themselves to memorable family cycle trips. Famous French actor and singer Yves Montand got it right with one of his best song "À bicyclette !" : it's just about pure friends and family happyness... You can hire bikes for all ages, as well as child seats, from most farms at time of booking. Please be sure to bring your own helmets.
Not far from where tyour Un Lit au Pré tent is, a special spot is reserved for children and their parents !
The number and types of animals differ from farm to farm, depending on the local ecology. For example on some farms the smaller animals are inside a pen, to protect them from foxes and birds of prey.
In the paddock you can get to know the animals on the farm. What can be more fun than hugging a small calf. And then just standing next to the animal and being able to stroke it, without a fence or a ditch in between. A bit scary maybe, as it can make quite sudden movements, but it is wonderful to be able to be so close to nature.
All our Farms have a Farm Larder : we call it « Le Cellier » as in the good old days. This is where we proudly stock a range of best local products for your stay in a very nice and cosy atmosphere. It may not be as extensive as your local supermarket because it's usually from our farm or its neighbours, but by shopping here rather than driving everything in your car, you really get a chance to enjoy the best of French produce at affordable prices. Should you want to cook the French way with local tips... we'll try our best to help you if you don't mind our poor 'schoolboy' English !
Our « Cellier » is always operated on an honesty basis. Being unmanned, you take what you need, sign for it and then tally up at the end of your stay, settling the total with us preferably with cash. « So why doesn't stuff get stolen ? » young ones may ask. The answer is, in the small, tight-knit communities found around our farms, trust is a key ingredient and there's no reason why that feeling can't be shared with you, too.
The farmer’s piled a huge heap of wood next to the oven. You imagine he’ll put it in a few twigs at a time (in case the whole oven goes up in smoke) but you watch as whole branches disappear inside. Next, he lights the wood and just one hour later the oven’s piping hot. After the farmer’s raked the glowing embers into the wheelbarrow (not something you see everyday) then the food goes in. And you can’t sneak open the oven door, not even for a peek. This will be the best meal you’ve ever tasted !