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way of life

For centuries, the airial with its Landes houses and oak trees has been a harmonious living space, born of a delicately controlled natural environment.

To respect this balance, we welcome visitors here according to the principles of Slow-tourism.

And to preserve this special setting and control the impact of our activity, we have chosen to make a concrete commitment through the obtaining of a demanding international label: the European Ecolabel "La Fleur "**.

We hope to be certified in the spring of 2023.

**Since 1992, the European Ecolabel aims to design and promote goods and services that respect the environment and health throughout their life cycle. It is a reliable and official label managed in France by ADEME and certified by AFNOR.

Our commitments

  • To welcome with kindness and competence everyone, without discrimination, including your (and our) friends the animals in certain Gîtes.
  • Train the team in responsible management.
  • Raise our customers' awareness so that they participate in our efforts through anti-waste eco-actions.
  • To encourage the discovery of the richness of the landscape and natural heritage.
  • Offer eco-responsible / local products, use renewable energy (wood, pellets, etc..), avoid waste and sort it for recycling.
  • Working with local providers who - like us - make commitments to the ecological transition.

Thanks for your support and ideas for improvement!


A bit of history

The contemporary neo-Dutch pavilion, whether in the city or in the country, the desire for privacy takes precedence over the desire to protect oneself from the weather.
The pavilion is not on an Airial, but on the edge of a street, and, apart from the extroverted or the curious, people prefer to turn their backs to the street.
It is therefore rather at the back or on the side of the house that we place the terrace where we go to make the barbecues between friends, even if its exposure is not ideal.

From top to bottom, the Maison Landaise of former times was built by the carpenter. The pedunculate oaks of the forest provided the longest beams. The walls were only filling, and did not contribute to the solidity of the construction.
The filling was made of cob (a mixture of lime and clay) held by the Esparrons, then sometimes, from the 19th century, of flat bricks.

Bricks made of fern leaves

At first, this arrangement was not purely decorative: when cob began to be replaced by bricks, there were not always bricks short enough to be placed horizontally between the timber framing.

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