Stay with us at La Forêt Souriante

‘La nature sait le grand secret et sourit’ – ‘Spectacle rassurant’ – Victor Hugo


During the workshops of Atelier Souriant you will stay at La Forêt Souriante. A tranquil, delightful place surrounded by nature, but not far away from charming villages and the beautiful river, the Aveyron.

We hope you will enjoy our ‘small luxuries in life’: a made bed on arrival, a clean, fresh space, soft, thick towels, and a wonderfully comfortable shower.

At La Forêt Souriante you will stay in one of the two gîtes or in one of the two chambres d’hôte. That makes a total of 4 double bedrooms. The double bedrooms each have their own private ensuites. Guests who will stay in one of the gîtes will also have a living room. We create that same homely feeling in the Studio where everybody is welcome to enjoy. In every bedroom you will find coffee or tea making facilities.

Each room is decorated with care
and has its own unique atmosphere.


Sit, stroll, relax, hike in our 11 acres of woodland and enjoy. You will be amazed at the amount of wild life in our green outdoors. We have more than enough comfortable garden furniture for you to observe nature, have an interesting conversation or read a good book. We also have a marvelous view of the Castle of Najac, an inspiring scene! Our guests agree!

The area around Najac is known as a very attractive hiking area. Join us on a varied hike with wonderful views and don’t forget your bathing suits, there are some lovely spots to swim in the river or to kayak on the river. Najac is one of the plus beaux villages of France, but not the only charming picturesque village near La Forêt Souriante. We are happy to show you all of our favorite places!

Sturdy walking shoes are recommended.
Water shoes can be comfortable for
swimming in the river.

Vegetarian home cooked meals

Nothing beats a delicious, healthy meal in the great outdoors with good company. All carefully prepared meals are included in the price. From the introductory dinner on the day of arrival to the farewell breakfast on the last day.
On the course days you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner. Wednesday is the day that you can explore the area on your own or relax at La Forêt Souriante. So we have chosen not to serve lunch on that day. We can recommend and make a reservation for you in one of the good restaurants nearby. Dinner on Wednesday is just as delicious as on the other days, but simpler. During classes and meals, all drinks, except the alcoholic ones, are included.

We are happy to take dietary requirements
into account. Would you like to make these
wishes known when registering?

If you want to go out independently of the group, you can take beautiful walks from La Forêt Souriante, but if you want to go further afield by yourself, a car is necessary. For the included organised hikes and trips we organize the transport. So even without your own car you can enjoy the courses as well as the hikes and lovely trips to the picturesque villages.

In 2018 we fell in love with the place we now call “La Forêt Souriante” (the smiling forest). We love to share this beautiful place with people who also love nature, the silence, the Aveyron and the small luxuries in life