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Laurent & Treacle

We are a Franco-British family.  Laurent moved to the Vosges in 1996 and Treacle followed him here in 2003.  Our daughter was born in 2006.

Laurent and Treacle are both qualified teachers who have travelled around the world several times.

We appreciate our little corner of the mountains, it gives us the chance to live close to nature in a way that feels right for us.

Creating environmentally friendly holiday homes to minimise our impact was the natural choice.

After several enjoyable years welcoming guests to Le Haut Pré, the desire to travel once again became too strong. Leaving the holiday homes in capable hands we will be back after our European tour.




A natural gite in a natural environment

The renovation and decoration have been guided by our wish to take care of the environment, we have endeavoured to:

  1. Reuse or recycle where possible

  2. Use natural, non polluting materials and products

  3. Support local business


Le Haut Pré is more than just a Holiday Home, where it's natural to care for the environment

Our Commitments

- Use only natural or ecologically certified cleaning products
- Use recycled, non bleached paper for all of our printing
- Use a sawdust dry toilet
- Support local producers and craftsmen
- Advice on saving electricity
- Internet connection wired, wireless or, to limit electromagnetic waves, option to turn off
- Compost food & toilet waste and provide bins for separating all waste
- Use natural, or no products, for garden maintenance
- Collect rain water for the garden use



Construction & decoration materials


Wood fibre


fibre de bois

The hemp is cultivated in our neighbouring department. We have used for the walls in the kitchen and veranda for its insulation qualities.



The insulation for the ceilings, eaves and interior walls is of wood fibre panels chosen for performance and its ability to keep its form.



The wood used in the veranda and terrace is from Spruce and Douglas trees that grew within 3km of the house and have been cut and sawed at our neighbours saw mill.
The existing wooden floors have been striped back and protected with hard oils.


Grass roof

Linseed oil paint

Lime wash

toit vegetalisé

A simple system of over-locking plastic sheets provide the support for the grass roof.






We made our own wood and metal paints based on non toxic recipe of linseed oil, citrus essence and natural pigment.




Hydraulic lime is present in the insulation and wall plastering, as a breathable material it helps regulate the humidity and repels insects and pests.
The remaining walls are plastered using aerated lime and sand with pigments.
The house front has been lime washed with a small amount of linseed oil incorporated to make the wash water resistant.