The Mas de la Bastide is anold renovated farmhouse located onto the plateau of the small medieval village of Joyeuse, It was built in 1720. At the beginning, the culture of vineyards and the production of wineon a plot of over 80 hectares was the main activity of the farm. In the early 1800s, the culture of silkworms appeared and around 1850, phylloxera (aphids) contaminated a large part of the cultures, obliging the farm to stop its production of grapes and to merely keep only a few vineyards for its own consumption. It is through the breeding of silkworms and weaving on the spot that the farm has prospered for many years. The Holding's livestock allowed – with oxen instead of tractors –to work and to cultivate the land. Hens, rabbits, ewes, sheep and goats of thefarm were fed with the harvest of different hays.
The picodon, traditional cheese from Ardèche, was made on the farm with goat's milk; the production could reach 100 cheeses a day! The olive cultivation was also an important activity area. With about 400 trees, the annual harvest could exceed a tonne and the quantity of the precious oil, obtained after grinding at the mill, could reach 200L!
The macaroon of Joyeuse, famous delicacy made from nuts, was mainly prepared with almonds and hazelnutscollected on the lands of the Mas de la Bastide.
In the 1980s, the agriculture activities were no longer sufficient to live andMr and Mrs R decided to embark on the adventure of tourism in order to maintain their beautiful heritage. In memory of the past, most of the gites have kept the name of their former use. Year after year, the Mas De la Bastide has become a holiday village with its own history...