Another farm to date, the Rose Farm in Boisemont has gone through six centuries of history. Saved by a couple of enthusiasts who restored it and transformed into cottages and rural lodgings in the late 80s, it reflects the agricultural past of the agglomeration, and continues its primary vocation with the breeding of horses of saddle.
But why this name Farm Rose? Because its traditional lime renders incorporated local orange-pink sand and broken tiles.
When the Rose Farm was born in the 15th century, the Hundred Years War ravaged the Vexin, which will not find peace until 1449 with the final restoration of the fortress of Gisors. These troubled times explain that the three farm buildings form a triangle protecting the central courtyard. The presence of murderers testifies to the concern to shelter from the soldiers as highwaymen. These fortified farms are also characteristic of Vexin.
The new city changes the game
Ideally located at the foot of the Hautil massif, a little away from the village of Boisemont – which has retained its rural character -, the Rose Farm first belonged to the nuns of the convent of Poissy. On July 23, 1582, they sell it to Olivier de la Saussaye, lord of Boisemont. Twelve years later, his widow sold “lands and seigniory”, which include the farm, stables and dovecote.
Since then, the farm seems to have lived a peaceful life, until … the arrival of the new city. At first, the farm is not affected by the buy-backs and the agricultural activity continues until 1983. The lands are then expropriated to make room for new rights-of-way, the operator however obtaining to preserve the buildings of the farm. But, lack of income, it threatens quickly ruin.
Everything is played on a love at first sight
The luck then occurs in the person of Claire and Yvon Chapon. After having restored a village house in Ecquevilly, in the Yvelines, the couple wants to move and looks for another house to retype. The Rose Farm does not correspond at all to what Claire and Yvon have in mind, but the real estate agent offers them “a little visit, just to see”. And what was to happen happens: love at first sight! Then begin years of work carried out masterfully. The first farmhouse opened in 1990, then the second four years later, allowing – with the precious contribution of the Gîtes de France label – to finance the rest of the project. Then come the bed and breakfast in 2006 and the table d’hôte activity in 2012. A work of titan, but which finds its reward in the satisfaction of the customers. The proof: on the rating site Booking.com – 423 000 hotels listed worldwide -, about forty visitors gave the Ferme Rose an average score of 9.3 out of 10, which puts it in the category of establishments ” fabulous “…
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Claire Chapon Owner of Ferme Rose:
“I’m from England – the land of Bed and Breakfast – and I come from a family of hoteliers. With my husband, we immediately saw the benefit of this magical place. But the restoration – which we conducted entirely with our hands and wanted totally respectful of the original building – was a real adventure. The main house is not habitable given its advanced state of degradation, forcing us to live for five years, with our children, in a small adjoining housing, very basic comfort. Today, thanks to the Internet, we welcome customers from all over the world. We have received customers from China, Australia and so on … in this case, mastering English is an asset. But we also welcome hikers and French tourists, who are looking for a quiet weekend, or people traveling on business or training in the agglomeration, attracted by attractive prices, family atmosphere and a changing environment. from that of the hotels. The Rose Farm has turned our lives upside down in more ways than one. My husband, who was a computer scientist before, learned so much during these years of restoration, that he finally created – about fifteen years ago – his building company, which works mainly on enlargements and on … Restoration ! “.