Drop everything to buy a dilapidated farm and turn it into a peaceful paradise where all animals and tourists live together: Suzanna and Ulrich Gisin took a gamble in 1996. After more Fifteen years of hard work, they overcame the challenge. Located between Neuilly-sur-Suize and Leffonds, Rosery Farm is the fruit of their labor and they take pride in it.
Susanna and Ulrich Gisin met in 1967 in Switzerland and shared a passion for horses, protection and preservation of the environment. It is in perfect harmony that they follow their path. Ulrich built the fireplace and tiled kitchen. Suzanna runs her own mask workshop and delights many fans of the Basel festival with her wonderful annual creations. She also found time to develop her second activity with “Nikken”, a company that sells organic products. In 1983, six years after giving birth to her daughter, Suzanna realized one of her dreams, which was to own a horse. She bought her first mount: “Freiberger Daisy”. Since then, horses have accompanied the couple’s daily life.
Thirteen years after this massive acquisition, Susanna and Ulrich Gisin are realizing their ultimate dream: owning their own farm. They left Switzerland with the intention of escaping and buying Ferme de Rosery between Villiers-sur-Suize and Leffonds.
At that time, part of the farm was being renovated, and the rest was still in ruins. The first idea was to turn it into a holiday business. With the help of their three daughters and many friends, they embarked on an extensive renovation operation that lasted many years. We have to reconcile work, family with grandchildren, three girls and two young boys, family conditions, bad weather, etc. The house is powered by solar energy and water since spring. Over the years, they decided to create a horse paradise. A place where aging or poorly maintained ponies or ponies will find a place to rest, surrounded by nature and on a large open space. Their wish finally came true on Easter 2011, when the old grassland was opened.
A gem of nature
It must be said that any place lends anything. Set amidst the beautiful Haute-Marne nature reserve, surrounded by grasslands and woodlands, La Roserie is ideal for keeping about 30 horses and ponies in the wild. Isolated between forests, lakes and grasslands, the farm is surrounded by more than 40 hectares of beautiful organic pastures for natural grazing. The horse was slowly integrated into the collective housing. Without a box, so that the image of nature would not be destroyed, tents for the horses were distributed to provide shelter and protection so that they could seek refuge there.
A caring team
There are different services for horse care. It requires a lot of daily care, you have to love it and the Rosery team spent many hours on it. They maintain the hooves themselves and call a professional if needed. Each year, they call a Swiss dentist, who, for two days, examines and treats the teeth of horses and foals. The area is full of exploration, in addition to horses and ponies, you can also discover a wide range of animals such as alpacas, dwarf goats, quail and traditional pets, cats, dogs, and poultry. . The bees also have natural and protected areas where they can feed without fear.
Offers on vacations, courses and seminars are still valid. With three guest rooms, Roserie provides space for visitors. It’s also a destination for hikers, cyclists, families, and all those stressed out looking for a quiet place in the midst of nature. All seasons bring this farm to discoveries that no one can imagine because the landscape is always changing. Every morning, the owners marvel and thank nature for what it can bring to them. “Birdsong, in the morning at dawn of the day, is priceless to us, it is something beautiful, every season brings miracles”. Susanna and Ulrich are heavily involved in awakening this essence. Their ambition is that this natural heritage is preserved so that their history endures and sets an example for future generations.
From our correspondent Anthony Bottigliri