Please read before booking

Astrofarm is an adult only centre and we do not accept bookings for children under 14

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 may places also close on a Monday. 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. We do run a minibus shuttle to town (2k) throughout the day and will arrange trips to local areas of interest. If you would like to explore further afield then we recommend hiring a car from the airport - especially if you are staying for more than 3 nights.  

Facilities

Astrofarm is first and foremost an astronomy centre. We are geared up for both the beginner and more experienced astronomer to enjoy our wonderful skies through the night. We have free WiFi in the Hub (not in the Dortoir or Gite) 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 Andrew and Sue Davies (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 14 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 bunkhouse 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. Should you prefer complete privacy or if you are booking as a couple, please book the separate double B&B bedroom with private shower room or the self catering rooms in the gite.

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.

Meals

You may order an evening meal on a daily basis during your stay and pay for meals taken at the end of your stay.

We will be providing one choice each day 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.

The kitchen facilities are available for you to store and cook your own food should you prefer and we will be doing a run to town each day should you wish to shop for yourselves. Alternatively we will be happy to organise collection of takeaway food from the town or drop off and collection at a local restaurant. 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 will provide additional activities 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 alcohol (other than a glass of wine with dinner).