Your hosts are Samantha and Andrew Ledwith, a young couple who gave up their jobs and home in the UK to finish restoring this lovely farmhouse.
Sam, who worked as a footwear designer for national companies in both Leicester and London, brings her eye for design and detail to the rooms lovingly prepared to receive guests. She has a keen interest in food and is learning to grow her own produce.
Andrew, who worked in fire prevention and also served in The Royal Navy, has worked tirelessly in helping to finish the conversion, using his building, carpentry and joinery skills. A keen cyclist and runner, he will be helping to organise and run the cycle and running holidays.
La Fleurieu has been in the family since 2004 when their father, Sean Walsh, bought the property – then a run-down, crumbling shell. But, he fell in love with the land surrounding the farmhouse, so set about restoring the building with a view to making this beautiful area of the Lot Valley, his home. In doing so, he gave employment to local tradespeople, many of whom became friends.
Sadly, Sean died in May 2015, before completing his project. The baton then passed to his three children, who together with Sam’s husband Andrew, have completed the work and turned the family home into a business.
And now, they can’t wait to for you to come and experience the beauty of this glorious corner of south-west France.