Welcome to Les Vignes Basses

Be the change you wish to see in the world

Change is a regular part of life here at Les Vignes Basses. Whether it be changes to the straw bale house, the permaculture plan, the off-grid house systems, how we grow food, or our mindset, change is always an adventure. We love to share these changes in our approach to life in the hope that more people will find the motivation for an adventurous lifestyle that is both rewarding and more at one with the world around us.

Happenings at Les Vignes Basses

As we and the land at Les Vignes Basses evolve, so does our way of engaging people. We plan to run courses, or perhaps retreats is a better word, to empower people to take back control of their own lives through, Yoga, meditation, fostering a sense of community and eco-building.

Ferrocement Water Tanks

Whilst building our own Ferrocement Water Tanks with many helping hands along the way, we realised that if we could do it, anyone could do it.

Having lived with only two of these water tanks providing all our water needs for three years now, we decided to create a little ‘how to guide’, with the beautiful visual help of illustrations from our friend, Berre Daneels.

The book will be published by Permanent Publications and available from March 2022.

We hope it will be useful for those who are thinking about building their own domestic water storage and is suitable for most climates, except the harshest cold regions.


Following on from our Ferrocement Water Tank guide, we thought it might be useful to offer a consultation service if you are thinking about or are in the middle of creating your own water storage tank.

Featured in Permaculture International Magazine

We were lucky enough to have our article documenting our build published in Permaculture Magazine. It was great to be able to tell the story of the straw bale house and share it with people all over the world.

Who are we?

We are a couple (triple with the cat) of dreamers striving for a more sustainable life in the French countryside.

We love the adventurous side of life, believing every new challenge is just a new adventure waiting to happen.

Living harmoniously with both nature and within ourselves is very important to us, as is sharing, hosting and meeting new people from around the globe.