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Astrofarm is an adult only centre and we do not accept bookings for children under 18

Rural France

Astrofarm is situated on the edge of Confolens, a small rural town in South West France. There is plenty to do locally if you enjoy as quiet, relaxing holiday walking and exploring. Please note that rural France does not have a buzzing nightlife, shops open 24/7 or streets of pavement cafes and restaurants. Life ambles along at a slow, gentle pace – that’s why we love it! Shops are not open on a Sunday and many places also close on a Monday. If you are arriving on a Sunday please do let us know in advance if you need anything from the supermarket for your first night. Astrofarm is not for you if you are looking for clubs, restaurants, shops and laid on activities and that’s why we have provided everything you need here at the centre!

On a practical note there is NO public transport system in rural France. If you would like to explore further afield and flying in to Limoges then we recommend hiring a car from the airport.

Facilities

Astrofarm is first and foremost an astronomy centre. We are geared up for astronomers to enjoy our wonderful skies through the night. We have free WiFi and lots of astro kit to use on site.

We do not have a swimming pool, hot tub or satellite TV but we do have extensive resources in our library and lovely gardens with seating areas and a built in barbecue for everyone to enjoy.

General

Astrofarm is the home of  Sue and Joe (and pets) and we welcome everyone to share the site, gardens, wonderful skies and weather of South West France. We endeavour to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible and ask that you respect our privacy and the enjoyment of other guests who may be staying.

We are a child free, quiet site especially set up for astronomers to utilise our facilities throughout the day and night. We are a sociable community with up to 10 guests on site each day and want all our guests to enjoy their stay.

If you are unsure about any aspect of your planned visit to Astrofarm, please email admin@astrofarmfrance.com and we will answer all your questions – we would like to make your trip as easy as possible.

Accommodation

The Dortoir accommodation and two wet-rooms may at times be shared by male and female guests. There are privacy curtains on each bed, an additional private changing area and when possible, female guests will be booked into the side section of the dormitory. When available, we will open up the Gite bedrooms for mixed groups allowing more privacy. We do provide a towelling robe for each guest and ask that you bring appropriate sleepwear.

Please note that we do have a variety of animals on the farm and whilst they are not allowed in guest areas, we cannot guarantee completely allergen free rooms. Because of our livestock, we are unable to accept guest’s pets on site.

All inside and outside rooms are strictly non-smoking. There is a smoking area with bins for safe disposal of cigarette ends and due to the risk of fire in our dry climate, smoking is only permitted in this area and not on the astronomy centre site because of the wooden sheds.

Meals

We will be providing a 2 course evening meal each day (set menu) and we are able to provide a vegetarian option. However, due to local legislation, we are unable to cater for special diets or alternative menus. Please talk to us about alternatives if you have special requirements.

The kitchen facilities are available for you to store your own food and drinks. Please note that whilst we offer a glass of wine with the evening meal, we are unable to sell alcohol. You are however, welcome to buy drinks from the local supermarket.

Astronomy

We cannot guarantee the weather or cloud free skies. However, we do have inside space in the event of poor weather and nights where observation is not possible.

The astronomy centre, resources and equipment are available for all those who are staying in our accommodation. We want everyone to enjoy the facilities and must ask that you respect the value of the equipment on site. Whilst we are happy for you to enjoy the social side of Astrofarm, the astronomy centre will not admit anyone who has been drinking excess alcohol (other than a glass of wine with dinner).

Cancellation

Due to the limited availability of beds during the new moon, we are unable to refund any deposits paid. We will however, honour all payments for alternative dates as agreed between us. You are very welcome to swop the name on the booking should you prefer.