Thomas Rode Andersen, (Instagram) – November 2015 (posted here, here and here):
“De kan noget med mad og nærhed. Perfekte rammer hvis familien skal finde fokus omkring #rigtigmad” … en utrolig sød familie med hjertet og hjerne på rette sted og med hænderne skruet rigtigt på. Stedet hedder http://lagorcerocks.com og kan varmt anbefales, hvis man som familie gerne vil introduceres til en Palæo relateret livsstil !
Stayed a weekend, in November, 2015.
Sarra Dally, (London) – October 2015 (originally posted on Facebook):
“We just wanted to say a huge thank you for a lovely visit. Last year I won this trip when attending the Health Unplugged conference. We spent four wonderfully restful days in a beautiful ‘Blue’ house being cooked for by the lovely Martin and Nina. The food was amazing, local, fresh, creative and tasty. They catered to all of our needs and we plan to go back in the spring. Thank you.” (this second part posted with photo here
Stayed for four days, in September, 2015.
Kimi Sands, (UK) – September 2015 (originally posted on Facebook):
“We stayed in the Blue House for 4 nights and it was absolutely beautiful. The house is amazingly decorated and very pretty. The food was fantastic, we didn’t have one meal that we didn’t love and we had a fridge so we could store leftovers to have later too. They cater to food preferences, so anything you really don’t like won’t be included if you ask for it not to be. Even foods me and my partner aren’t usually fond of were amazing and we learned new ways to cook things so we could enjoy them. The scenery is fantastic, it’s a beautiful place to watch the sun rise and set. We were also taken on a trip to Pont D’Arc and it was gorgeous there. Absolutely so many reasons to enjoy this, even if you just want to relax inside it’s well worth it. We’re hoping to get back as soon as we possibly can 🙂 Thank you to all of you for the wonderful stay.”
Stayed for four days, in September, 2015.
Sarah Hanratty, (England) – August 2015 (originally posted on Facebook):
“We stayed in the Blue House for a week in July. There were five of us and the house was perfect for us. The views are incredible. But credit should go to the hosts – Martin and Nina (and Leon!) because they make this place super special. They are warm, welcoming and accommodating. Needless to say the food they provide is tasty and healthy and was just what was needed when travelling with children with very specific dietary needs. Can’t wait to visit again! x”
Stayed for a week in July, 2015.
Thomas Asemota, (Switzerland) – July 2015 (originally posted on Facebook):
“Great hospitality, very sympathetic hosts & delicious paleo food.”
Stayed for eleven days in June, 2015.
Bruno (France) – November 2014 (originally posted on Booking.com):
“Les avantages: la situation dans le village, la vue, le calme, le feu de cheminée, les petits déj (+++) et la gentillesse des propriétaires.
Les désavantages: rien”
Stayed for three days, in November, 2014.
Catherine Kidd (Luxembourg) – November 2014 (originally posted on Facebook):
“We stayed here in October 2014 and it was everything we’d hoped for and more. Gorgeous location, delicious food and very generous and warm-hearted hosts.”
Stayed for six days, in October, 2014.
Mickaël (Switzerland) – September 2014 (originally posted on Booking.com):
“This place is very well located, in the Ardeche valley, close to nature in a very charming village. Nina, Martin and their son are very kind and cook local, bio healthy and flavourful food. I highly recommend this place and the hosts for their authenticity.”
Stayed for two days, in September, 2014.
Marcelle Phené (USA) – October 2014 (originally posted on Facebook):
“I stayed in the Guest Room for 4 nights and the experience was everything I could have wanted and so much more! The hosts are the most warm-hearted and generous people; I enjoyed many great conversations with them in the kitchen and around the table. The food was spectacular, which is really quite an understatement. I tried so many new “paleo” recipes and am so excited to spend more time experimenting in my own kitchen now. The accommodations were quite spacious and comfortable. The area is absolutely breathtaking with lots of great options for hiking and walking about. I cannot wait to return in the future!”
Stayed for four days, in October, 2014.
Mike Hannis (England) – August 2014 (originally posted on Facebook):
“We stayed here in the new “guest room” for four days in July: a lovely cool cave-like space, refuge from the summer heat, but well-appointed and still with gorgeous views from the window. Wonderful food, healthy, creative and delicious! A great welcome too. Highly recommended….
Stayed for four days, in August, 2014.
Linn Tenman (Sweden) – July 2014 (originally posted on Facebook):
Tjena! Tillbaka från Frankrike och Paleo/GAPS-boendet On the rocks i Lagorce. Kan absolut rekommendera det till alla Gapsare som vill komma iväg till en lugn och rogivande plats där buljongen flödar utan egen ansträngning. Värdfamiljen var supergullig och så flexibla. Rejält med mat som anpassas efter behov. Jag bad tex om mjölkprodukter och fick tre getostar som var de godaste jag ätit, särskilt den med kummin!! Och så yoghurt på opastöriserad mjölk från gräsbetande get. De äter själva inte mjölk men verkar kunna fixa från producenter i området om man önskar det. Vi fick även ett gott spontanjäst vin utan sulfat och en paté på hjärna/lever/mage etc… spännande och faktiskt gott. Dagen vi åkte fick vi med oss en låda fylld med bra resmat.
De har bra koll på GAPS men verkar själva äta mer åt Paleohållet, dvs utan målet att äta tex säd så småningom.
Stället ligger lite off, på gott och ont. Vi hade ju bil och aktiverade oss genom att ta den till en fin plats där man kan bada. Säkert går det bra att hitta på sånt även om man inte har bil, värdarna verkar ha förslag anpassade efter behov även vad gäller aktiviteter. Annars är det som sagt passande för att bara sitta på terassen, läsa en bok och njuta av utsikten. Internet finns också, i sladd.
På bilden ser man kvällsmaten vi fick när vi kom: rostbiff, syrad rödkål, syrade valnötter, oliver, olivolja, yoghurt och ostar. Iste och buljong, fast den syns inte här.
Stayed for three days, in June, 2014.
Katharina Manderscheid (Switzerland) – October 2013:
Wir waren im Juni in Lagorce/on the rocks. Das Haus ist liebevoll gestaltet, Lagorce ein kleines, ruhiges, freundliches Dorf ausserhalb des touristisch überlaufenen Vallon Pont d’Arc. Nina und Martin, die GastgeberInnen, sind unglaublich freundlich, haben zahllose Tipps für Freizeitgestaltungen in der Umgebung und bereiten sehr leckeres Essen zu, angepasst an diverse Ernährungsformen. Dabei kennen sie sich bestens mit Paleo-Ernährung, Wildkräutern und -früchten, biologisch/ökologisch verantwortlicher Lebensmittelerzeugung und diversen Gesundheitsthemen aus. on the rocks ist damit ein idealer Ort für einen erholsamen Urlaub und eine gesundheitsbewusste Auszeit mit netten Menschen!
Stayed for a week, in June 2013.
Amy Hughes (England) – October 2013:
“This was our second visit on the rocks, which is situated in the beautiful Ardeche region and we really enjoyed our walks out through local woodland and to waterfalls. The village of Lagorce feels as if it is straight from another time in history with its unspoiled limestone buildings with vaulted ceilings. The retreat is possibly the most stunning example of this architecture and the views from the dining table can only be matched by the wonderful food upon it. We ate like kings and the food was local, fresh and organic.
We also learnt new recipes and gained valuable advice about the local area from our warm and welcoming hosts. I would really recommend this place to anyone seeking a quiet, healthy retreat that takes you far from the trappings of modern life.
We will back – again – next year!”
Stayed for two weeks, in September 2013.
Sarah Thomas (England) – February 2013:
“My husband and I stayed with Nina and Martin in January as part of a circuitous train journey through France. Coming for the landscape at such a peaceful time of year was already delightful enough, as we made our way in the winter sun deeper and deeper into the countryside to reach their remote medieval village, one hour from the nearest train station.
But upon arrival in their beautiful home we experienced just how fully they live and breathe their diet, even gathering acorns from the forest to make acorn flour. They shared their knowledge with us passionately and informed, whilst clearly responding instinctively to their bodies’ needs in a way most people’s busy lifestyles do not allow them to do.
My husband is suffering from depression, and we had not realised before our visit the extent of the connections between mental health and grains in your diet. Staying with them for four days allowed us to experience the benefits of a grain-free diet and begin to feel the difference it made, which was marked. This has been a real turning point for us, and we have continued to eat this way as much as possible upon returning home, with great results.
While there we visited a weekly organic vegetable pop up market, went gathering acorns in the forest, took a walk along the stunning mini cascades and rock pools of the river in the valley below, to a lavender farm where the farmer’s wife prepares artisanal lavender products at a very reasonable price. Our days were both full and relaxed.
Most of all, it was reaffirming to be with a couple our own age, who are living what they believe in, and not just talking about it.”
Stayed for four days, in January 2013.
Kerry Blair (Canada) – January 2013:
“Nina and Martin are exceptional hosts. My husband and I came away from our week with them feeling entirely content, refreshed and well nourished. They are passionate about food and highly conscious of its health and politico-social value, and this passion translates into an incredible amount of thought, care and artistry at work in their kitchen. Nina and Martin prepared (and invited us to share in the preparation of) absolutely sumptuous, palate pleasing, satisfying and highly nutritious meals using only the freshest locally sourced ingredients.
In addition to enjoying wonderful meals and opportunities to learn whilst in their kitchen, we were enchanted by the incredible setting of their home. They live in an intriguing little village situated in the picturesque Ardèche region of France. Each day Nina and Martin either accompanied us or pointed us in the direction of some special place or event. We walked along quiet forested trails to water falls that have scoured ancient rock into graceful curves; we explored medieval ruins and visited community gardens, local markets and organic vineyards; and we gazed in awe at the spectacular limestone formations at Les Cirque des Gens and the famed Pont d’Arc.
While staying with Nina and Martin gave us an opportunity to admire and appreciate the natural, cultural and historical beauty of a part of the world that is new to us, – what we learned and experienced as their guests would be hard to obtain through a conventional visit. Our time with them helped us deepen our understanding of ways we can improve our health and gave us the empowerment and tools to do so. We are extremely grateful to have been able to stay, eat, and become friends with Nina and Martin.”
Stayed for a week, in December 2012.
Adelyn Blair (Canada) – January 2013:
I stayed on the rocks for 4 weeks in November/December and was sad to leave. Comfortable beds, breathtaking views, wholesome and delicious food and great company. One thing that distinguishes this place from many other businesses, is that Martin and Nina are driven by passion rather than profit. It shows in everything that they do!
Stayed for four weeks, November/December 2012
Marian Smallman (Canada) – January 2013:
“Beautiful surrounding country to explore during the day, sun-kissed hills laden with nut trees and fruit bearing bushes. There are ample opportunities for discovery in and around the village of Lagorce and the people are full of culture and many with a passion for nature. Retire to a comfortable healthy environment for the body and the soul with Nina, Martin and Leon. Excellent food, but even more enthralling is the conversation with two highly educated and charismatic people, who have so much to teach about health and sustainability. Highly recommend staying with these people.”
Stayed for three weeks, November/December 2012
Nathanael Bonnell (USA) – January 2013:
“I stayed on the rocks for a week, arriving with only a little knowledge about paleo and related diets, and when I got there, through Martin and Nina’s books and especially through talking with them, I easily doubled what I knew. They’re very passionate about eating food that’s really healthy in a common-sense, proven way, and they’ve come up with some delicious things to eat along those lines. (May I recommend their chocolate and stir-fries?)
And besides that, Lagorce is a wonderful, friendly little place full of buildings out of a storybook. On the rocks is inside a wonderful, comfortable stone house hundreds of years old on top of the ridge that Lagorce is built on, so it has a view of the whole village and the valley below it and the forest on the other wall of the valley (beautiful in the fall). It might be a long time before I get to France again, but when I do I definitely want to come back to visit Martin and Nina.”
Stayed for a week, in December 2012.
Nathan Rees (England) – November 2012:
“On the rocks is a wonderful place to take a break and learn how to manage your diet in a healthy way. Nina and Martin are lovely hosts and their food could inspire even a coffee lover like me to consider giving up my vices. The house is spacious and rustic, with a very French feel about it. I really enjoyed identifying and cooking with local wild herbs collected on walks in the hills that surround Lagorce. I would recommend this place to anyone seeking a quiet get away, to take a step back and improve the way they eat.”
Stayed twice for ten days, in April and October/November 2012.
Amy Hughes (England) – November 2012:
“On the rocks in Lagorce is a real haven. The traditional rustic stone buildings are beautiful and the rooms spacious with vaulted ceilings and windows overlooking the beautiful village and opposing hillside. Nina and Martin are wonderful hosts; the food is made with fresh organic local produce and lots of love and they were very helpful in advising us of the finest beauty spots in the locality. The stars at night are beautiful with so little light pollution and the silence in the evening and early morning created a sense of calm that would be impossible to find at home. We have now visited in spring and autumn and the weather was beautiful, perfect for walking and cycling. I hope we will have the chance to come back.”
Stayed twice for ten days, in April and October/November 2012.