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  • About Us

    by Pablo

    Pablo and Hannah run Forest Life and RiverLife Retreats Pablo served in the British Army for 12 years. There he picked up the rudiments of living off the land, field craft skills and a few survival and tracking skills. For most of his service he was a Physical Training Instructor and specialised in expedition leading and adventure training. After leaving the forces, he carried on these survival and wilderness skills as a pastime…

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  • Forest Life Areas

    by Pablo

      The Mill House The Mill house (Moulin Bleu or Blue Mill) is a renovated water mill. There is a rustic kitchen and living area with two upstairs bedrooms. There is a modern bathroom with shower off the first bedroom. There is a connecting door to the second (mezzanine) bedroom. This bedroom overlooks the lounge area. The Mill and its immediate grounds looks over the River Gourbillon and the relaxing sound of…

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  • Terms and Conditions – Camping, Courses and Retreats v4.0 Contract The contract is for a short-term holiday stay on the property made between the client and the owners of Forest Life and the Moulin Bleu (“the owners”), Pablo Mayne and Hannah Mayne, binding from such time that booking is made and inclusive of all the following conditions. By making a booking and submitting the electronic on-line form the client contracts on behalf…

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  • Add-On List

    by Pablo

    Add-ons are services or guided events. If you have been given a discount or offer code, enter it when filling out your booking form Please select an add-on when booking your accommodation. Massage Therapy (various sessions available) *   Various massage packages by our qualified massage therapist, Hannah, to relieve stress and tension at our unique riverside location (by the edge of the river itself or in the Mill house studio.) Imagine…

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  • Tracking & Wildlife

    by Pablo

    Tracking and Wildlife observation is central to what Forest Life aspires to be. A number of transient species such as fox, badger and deer have already been identified and many more can be found in and around the property. Pine-martin, red squirrel and wild boar are perhaps unfamiliar to UK visitors and may be well worth the effort trying track these animals. Future tracking courses will be advertised here. [gallery_bank type=”images” format=”masonry”…

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  • Bushcraft

    by Pablo

    Forest Life is the ideal place to learn and practice bushcraft. The Forest and Woodland setting has a special ambience where you can learn to use woodland skills be it fire-lighting, backwoods-cooking, carving projects or just whittling away to the peaceful trickle of the river. Future Bushcraft Courses will be advertised on this page. [gallery_bank type=”images” format=”masonry” title=”false” desc=”false” responsive=”true” special_effect=”none” animation_effect=”bounce” album_title=”false” album_id=”7″]  

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  • Camping

    by Pablo

    Camping and Wildcamping options (various options available) Various camping & wild camping options as an alternative to or in addition to the main Mill House accommodation. Options include: Glamping – Luxury bell tent camping on the plateau (electric points available) Large family tent camping on the plateau or in meadow Small tent camping beside the river or field Wildcamping (hammock, bivvi or tarp in the wildwood) _______________________________ Wildcamping can be described as camping with the minimum…

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  • Hazards & Risks

    by Pablo

    The property is on a steep hill apart from the meadow and will not be suitable for people of limited mobility. Most areas have unrestricted access to the river. The river is not deep but it is fast-flowing. Parents are advised to watch children closely. The Limousin region is known for ticks. Keep to cultivated areas or ensure bare skin is covered and check yourself at the end of each…

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