Here the curious can read some information about us and our project.
In Marcollin, we found the ideal location for our project. We were able to buy a fairly refurbished house with a large garden which includes two ponds, and a swimming pool, on a plot of more than 1 hectare. The large barn offered enough space for a wheelchair accessible guesthouse on the ground floor and four beautiful luxury bedrooms on the first floor.
THE FIRST STEPS
Nathalie and Herman moved to France to start a new project.
Nathalie explored the tourist facilities in the Isère region working in a hotel and a campsite.
Herman looked for the right spot to start the B&B project. Tranquillity, nature, a swimming pool and possibility to create large comfortable rooms were key elements.
THE HOUSE OF OUR DREAMS
We reached a deal about a house in Marcollin.
Moved to Marcollin. The transformation of the barn into 4 luxury rooms and a guesthouse could finally start.
THE FIRST SUMMER
A lot of friends wanted to see our new house, they stayed in our private guest rooms.
It also gave Herman the opportunity to perfect the culinary offer of la Pastorale Gourmande.
Work in progress to create the luxury rooms and the guesthouse.
A NEW KITCHEN
A brand new very well equipped kitchen is ready for business.
DELAY, BUT NO CANCELLATION
Easter Holiday 2020
In March, Covid-19 breaks out. The works are delayed. We have to disappoint the people who have booked for the Easter holidays. We cannot and must not open.
The French government allows tourism within its borders. The first mobile homes find their way to our meadow.
At that moment the rooms are finally ready. On June 15 the Belgian government allows travel and we are happy to welcome our first real guests that same day. Welcome, Lieven and Emma.
AT CRUISING SPEED
Summer Holiday 2020
July was already quite full with early bookers and in August some French come to stay.
We are gradually finding the right rhythm and trying to please our customers. The first reviews (Google, Tripadvisor and AirBnB) are heartening.
A new Corona wave emerged at the end of August. Nathalie decides to start teaching again in Ghent. Most people who booked with us in September cancel their reservation. We note that it is wiser to close our business for the winter.
We plan the reopening for April 1, 2021.
Finally, the construction of the veranda is underway. Next season we don’t have to fear any more rain showers, neither for breakfast nor for dinner. People can comfortably enjoy their meals indoors.
SECOND SUMMER SEASON
The second summer season was postponed by yet another lockdown in April-May, but afterwards everything went as well as normal. We saw guests back from the year before, which is always very nice. We also experienced extremely pleasant moments with the new customers. Thank you all.
We still have to work on our reputation among the French, but we are making progress.
FIRST AUTUMN AND WINTER
We prepared our first autumn and winter season. We worked out formulas for the autumn and Christmas holidays. Those who wanted to enjoy the beautiful colors of nature could also book a nice table.
We offered an arrangement for the end-of-year festivities. Our large den with its hundreds of lights was impressive. And on New Year’s Eve, music-making guests provided a real concert.
Let something like this happen again next year!
VALENTINE'S DAY AND CROCUS
We are working out a special formula for Valentine’s Day. After that we quickly tumble into the period of the crocus or February holidays. It will still be a bit chilly, but with the days getting longer there is already a lot to enjoy, for example the early budding nature.
SOME MORE WORKS
Now we expect that we will have the petanque court built. The space for it has now been vacated.
The construction of the rear terrace had already been completed, but the final decoration and security still have to be worked on…
FIRST FULL SEASON
april 1, 2022 - september 30, 2022
It’s not an April fool’s joke: from this date we received you for our first spring season. This time, some virus has not put a stop to it: we have been able to pamper you for the entire tourist season…
See you next year!
Nathalie is a Latin, Greek and French teacher. After working for over a decade in a Jesuit school in Gent, she wanted to start her own business.
Organization and hospitality are her strengths. In addition, her quest for perfection guarantees the quality of service offered by La Pastorale Gourmande.
Herman has taught almost his entire career, mainly Dutch and history, at the same school. He brought his love of music to life by founding a choir and orchestra at this college: Anima perla Musica, which he directed until 2015. In the last years before his retirement, he graduated as a cook in evening classes.
NATHALIE & HERMAN
Nathalie and Herman got married in 2013. In La Pastorale Gourmande they want every guest to feel at home while enjoying absolute tranquillity and a variety of delicious meals. The name of the project combines not only nature and gastronomy but also their love for music.
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