The national network of ACCUEIL
ACCUEIL PAYSAN in
2010 is an active network in the whole of France, in two departments
overseas and in 23 foreign countries (Eastern and Western Europe,
Africa and South America).
The national Federation brings together more than 800 members in France
and 200 members in the other foreign countries
It is organised into 15 regional associations and 35 departmental
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PAYSAN, an alternative countryside
is a group of country people, who get support from their environment
and welcome tourists to share their way of life and get involved in
Their wish is a welcome to the countryside in all its moods by men and
women who live there, to discover their farming activities and their
way of life.
founded in 1987, was developed to suggest an alternative to intensive
farming and reflect on the depopulation of the countryside and the
problems connected with the environment.
The ethical principles of the movement gave rise to a
charter of quality of ACCUEIL PAYSAN
authenic and complementary tourist alternative.
Our wish is to let the visitors discover our
jobs, our way of life and our environment, as much natural
as cultural, through a welcome characterised by conviviality and a
mutual exchange. This
original alternative responds to a growing demand from
city dwellers, and as an addition to the tourist options which already
In an urban society, where an
unhealthy life style drives one to try and find a calmer, more
convivial way of life, ACCUEIL
offers a meeting place for the sharing of cultures. This
authentic option ensures that the countryman is happy for his place of
work to be used as a learning experience.
the idea of well-being is essential: the visitor must feel comfortable
with us, he should be able to rest, discover and be fulfilled by the
unworldly richness that we want to share.
PAYSAN, with the many activities experienced by its members, covers a
large area of interest.
Its activity enables it to work with numerous partners, as well as
institutions as associates.
Various Ministers and Secretaries of State (Agriculture, Management of
the Countryside, Tourism, Solidarity and Co-operation) are involved,
and associations stemming from education or rural life (People
Culture, MRJC, The Gardens of Cocagne…).
In 23 years, ACCUEIL PAYSAN
has become a force recognised as much by its users as by its
institutional partners. The National Federation has built its
specifications for each type of accommodation and works in partnership
with different Ministries and various organisations.
The standards of security, the regulations and laws in force appear in
our specifications and are compulsory for every member.
Also regulations endorsed by different Ministries ensures the framework
of the association is maintained and regular quality-check visits are
Our high expectations and standards are clearly linked above all with
sharing ideas, social interaction, simplicity and mutual
This willingness is above all possible thanks to the choice of members
with humane methods of agriculture and having the necessary time for
the exchange of views