Santosha Suite Dorm
Guest dining room and salon (the cave)
Santosha dorm bathroom
The house is on 3 levels. The “cave” or cellar is partially built into the hillside. It contains the kitchen and communal areas of the salon and the dining room. The middle level has the Conilhac Suite. The attic contains the large Santosha suite and the Roof Terrace bedroom
Built in the ‘cave’, the kitchen is mostly underground, so is cool in the summer, and warmer than outside in the winter. Guests have their own fridge, and you are welcome to make tea and coffee throughout the day. If we are not providing your meals, you may use the kitchen for (strictly) vegetarian food preparation.
THE SALON AND DININGROOM
Also in the cave, with an archway separating the two, the salon and dining room are available to guest. The salon has fitted colourful banquettes, with easy access to electricity outlets and wifi. This is an ideal place to use your laptops. There is also a projector and screen. The dining room has a large dining room table, although meals are generally eaten outside, as is the French custom.
We have accommodation of up to 15 people, in 4 rooms.
THE ROOF TERRACE BEDROOM
This room has a single and a double bed (which can be separated). It has en-suite bathroom with shower. The window looks out across the roof terrace to the Pyrenees and Mt Bugarach. Will accommodate 2 to 3 persons.
THE SANTOSHA SUITE
This room is really two bedrooms connected to form one large dorm room. Some of it is under the eves. It has 2 or 3 beds in one side, and 4 or 5 on the other. There are two windows that look out over the garden, one that looks out to the vineyards and mountains, and one that looks north to the pilgrims path. It has a large bathroom, with 2 showers, 2 sinks and 3 toilets.
This room has 3 beds, but can have up to 5. In this room you can see the remains of the old bread oven in the wall. We tried to save as much of it as we could, but unfortunately we could only save this little piece. It’s a nice feature, a little brick igloo. This suite also has two windows. The bathroom has 2 showers, 2 sinks and 2 toilets.
We believe that water is sacred. We ourselves are made up of around 70% water, and we cannot live without it. Increasing levels of water shortages all over the western world are threatening to create disastrous situations. For this reason we decided to install composting toilets in all the rooms. We use the John Jenkins method from his book The Humanure Handbook. It has proved to be a great decision, and we hope that you will not feel intimidated or uncomfortable using them. We hope you will understand the method we use, and maybe use it yourself one day. You do not need to worry about any of the maintenance that goes with this system. However, you may wish to volunteer for your own personal education.
We reserve the right to place people in the rooms according to the make up of the party, but we will do our best to honour any requests.
Throughout the house and yoga studio we have a collection of 18 pieces of art by Professor Lynda Frese, a friend and fellow yogini who donated these to us after her exhibition in Rome in 2012. Some of these may be for sale, please ask Gillian.