About

What is it?

The House & The Hill is a mountain hub and refuge in the foothills of the French Pyrenees in South West France.

The mission is to bring the expansive and grounding nature of The Hill to others walking a meaningful and purpose-led path. To share in the wonder that occurs when you step out of the city and starting tuning into your own tempo. To show how we can change the way we live and work and play. To hold space and support for self-care. To help you recharge and find strength so you can go back into the chaos, do your work with authority, precision and clarity and not fall in.

You can visit for nomad stop-overs, short co-working adventures and longer project-based stays. There is also a programme of small workshops, retreats and sacred gatherings. We welcome Start-up retreats and group bookings, please contact us to have a chat about your needs.

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Where is it?

Fosse is in Pyrenees Orientales (Occitanie), Languedoc-Rousillon, France.

The small village is close to the Spanish border, mountain ski resorts and the Mediterranean coast between the Catalan city of Perpignan and the medieval city of Carcassonne. It is deep in the heart of ancient Cathar territory. The land is ancient, solid and grounding.

By air: Perpignan, Carcassonne, Toulouse and Barcelona International

By train: TGV to Perpignan or Carcassonne

By car: D117 off the A9 autoroute.

>> Map and Directions

>> More about the village and surrounding area


What happens?

People come here to slow down, take a much needed breath of fresh air and escape from the fast pace and intensity of everyday life. It's a perfect place to get your work done in peace and quiet. Just you and the hills stretching as far as the eye can see. No distractions, no interruptions, just time and space so you can focus on exactly what matters:

  • Come to rest and to recharge.
  • Work alongside kindred spirits in the wilderness of the Pyrenees.
  • Walk the forest paths.
  • Listen to your needs.
  • Chop wood and carry water.
  • Swim in the rivers and sit around campfires.
  • Bring your projects and dreams.
  • Open your heart to creative possibility.
  • Believe in the magic of synchronicity and serendipity.
  • Find clarity and renewed commitment to your mission.

To get a feeling for who spends time on The Hill - meet the people.


How much does it cost to visit?

Rooms are available from 25 euro per night.

We ask that you join us for a minimum of three nights but recommend you stay longer. That's how the magic happens. It takes its time and you need time to land and settle.

Many people choose to stay for several months at a time, watching the seasons change. Others return for a week, year on year.

[You can visit for overnight or a two night stay but only in The Loft and the rates are higher. Booking is via AirBnB if you choose to stay this way.]


Who is behind it?

Anne Burniston and Emma Wallace escaped the bright lights of the city and their corporate careers answering a deep and powerful call to the wild mountains of the French Pyrenees. To reconnect with a creative and intuitive life and explore a more meaningful existence. For eight years they have walked this land, worked, laughed and cried with it's people and become an integral part of their local community.

They built The Loft in 2010 for those needing to retreat to the mountains. 

In 2015 they brought three more cottages into the fold: The School House, The Square and The Bar, local properties owned by the village.

In 2016 Anne founded theslowcoaches.com – a mentoring programme, offering online courses, 1:1 support and solo or guided residential retreats.

Emma holds guided retreats and facilitates intensive 1:1 work with founders and future leaders.

In 2017 Emma established #thisisrefugi  a meaningful private member's club and incubator in the mountains offering refuge, recharging and residencies. The Club is currently accepting applications for membership and has volunteering opportunities. You can find out more about this project and how to get involved at thisisrefugi.com.

More at: emmalwallace.com and anneburniston.com