Once upon a time uncle Ruud decided to leave The Netherlands, his home country, as he had fallen in love with the golden colours and stunning hills of Southern France. Ruud arrived one year after Georges Brassens death, his favorite French singer, that in his lyrics stated: “I followed the music.

Despite having no experience in agriculture, uncle Ruud started cultivating grapes for wine production. After several months of working in his vineyards, his son Ulysses was born in Montpelier and together with his wife Marjolein, they went back to The Netherlands. However, the relationship with Marjolein did not last long, making him return to France. In the late 80s, he bought the property we now know as the Catfarm, previously named “de Mas”. He lived and worked on the farm for 22 years, most of the time alone until his son Ulysses joined him in 2012.

Ulysses had to pay back in labour hours, what he was owing Ruud, from the parts of the cost of the recently bought Valparaíso boat. At that time there were 12 cats (now only 3) indulging in a reign of terror by constantly walking through recently applied cement and knocking over paint cans. To make life more fun, Ulysses invited travelers from Couchsurfing to work together, and from that moment on, the project became known as the Catfarm. Ruud struggled with Alzheimer’s disease for a few years and had expressed a wish to be buried on his treasured farm after his death. He moved back to The Netherlands at the end of 2018 to spend his last times in an elderly home. On Novemeber 2nd 2020, during a Full Moon night, our beloved uncle Ruud passed away and his ashes are buried next to the Peugeot 404.

The Neighborhood

The Catfarm is located in Poussan, sitting amongst wide open spaces a short journey from Sète’s beautiful beaches. You can explore Poussan’s medieval village center with its 12th Century church, two traditional cafes, and a good pizzeria. 10 minutes away by car, you will also find the thermal baths of Balaruc.

Only 10 minutes from the farm, the hill of Puech Gayes offers the chance to discover vestiges of bygone eras, like the fortified Iron Age oppidum and the legendary Heraclean Way, as well as charming winegrowers houses with cellars on the ground floor, and a few Roman ruins if adventure beckons. All this, in natural surroundings full of its own hidden treasures.

Sète is a small town offering up the local Sètoise cuisine, alongside a picturesque fishing harbour and long sandy beaches. Culture thrives at the town’s Théâtre de la Mer, museums, art galleries and many events that are organised during the six warm months of the year.

Montpellier’s cultural heritage and lively nightlife, including lots of clubs and student pubs, is only 30km away. Also, 45 minutes’ drive to Beziers and 10 minutes away from the A9 highway.