Château de Boisson

New for 2018!

We are delighted to announce the roll-out across the programme of our new ensuite llama service, on trial this season at Château de Boisson in the Ardeche.


Don’t shout, they’ll all want one

Llamas will be a bookable extra on certain sites, and supply will be limited, so customers are advised to book well in advance in order to avoid disappointment.

Future seasons could see the service extended to include armadillos, capybaras and the occasional aardvark, while sites with In2Action will offer komodo dragons and velociraptors during high season.


Brochure centrefold

Marketing have been cruising round various sites in the programme recently, shooting pictures for the new-look website. Here we have Brian at Château de Boisson, looking like the suave man about reception that he truly is.

Brian brochure


The family participating in the shoot had a whale of a time and went home with a full set of professional shots as a souvenir.

Gardeners’ question time

Confirmation today that courier live emplacements offer a higher standard of living than your Newsblog correspondent’s actual house, with gardens outside every other live mobile. Really, some of us barely have space for a geranium.

Most of our gardeners have gone for the practical vegetable patch approach, though if this is in a bid to supplement wages with home grown produce, you’re probably out of luck – John and Julie at Holiday Marina reckon you’d be lucky to break even once you’ve bought pots, plants and compost. Still, you do get the benefit of fresh organic veggies, with the occasional free-range slug for bonus protein.

Château de Boisson have gone largely for tomatoes as usual, though Heather professes to be a bit disappointed with yield this season, blaming early hot weather.


Looks like decent tomatoes to me.

Beach Garden have branched out into aubergines and courgettes as well as tomatoes, generating most of the ingredients for a decent ratatouille.


Impressive aubergines at Beach Garden ….


….. and the rest of the ratatouille. Nice tomatoes.

The award for Most Productive Allotment has to go to Holiday Marina, where John and Julie have managed a crop of actual potatoes on top of the usual mediterranean veg, as well as at least one melon and what looked like a year’s supply of chillies. They also stand to score for a fine crop of wild blackberries, though the body armour needed to harvest them safely could add substantially to the general gardening overhead.


Holiday Marina’s market garden


Nice melons!!! Sorry, childish innuendo.

Meantime, Cat and Kate at Sirene have ditched this practical approach, and gone largely for the hippy wildflower garden vibe, combined with what can only be described as a touch of trailer park chic, using a velour-upholstered massage chair vultured (er sorry, recycled) from the tip next door as a centrepiece.


Team Sirene – a unique approach to courier horticulture.

Newsblog, meanwhile, hasn’t managed anything more spectacular than a couple of pots of rather meagre geraniums.


Letting the side down with my mere geraniums