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Renate, originally coming from South Germany; moved in 1986 to England to work in a German bank in London. Some years later she met Michael, a trained gardener: they both had dreams - she wanted to open a tearoom and he was nurturing for a long time the idea of having an organic garden. Coming through Normandy on holiday, they fell in love with a wonderful spot in a river valley - La Collardiere.

In 1994, they moved to Normandy, renovated various houses at La Collardiere and turned them into holiday homes. Since then they have been welcoming guests from England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand - many of whom have returned regularly to unwind in this haven of tranquillity. The current record holders have been more than 10 times with them, so far.

In 1997 they started their Organic Garden business (see garden page).

Other residents of la Collardiere:

Corky - no publicity please!