To drop everything to buy a farm in ruins and turn it into an oasis of peace, where all kinds of animals and tourists live together: Suzanna and Ulrich Gisin took the plunge in 1996. After more than fifteen years of hard work, they took up the challenge. The Rosery farm is located between Neuilly-sur-Suize and Leffonds and is the result of their work and they are proud of it.
Susanna and Ulrich Gisin met in 1967 in Switzerland and shared the same passion for horses, protection and preservation of the environment. It is in perfect harmony that they trace their path. Ulrich built tiled stoves and stoves. Suzanna ran her own mask workshop and delighted many Basel carnival fans with amazing creations every year. She also found time to develop her second activity with “Nikken”, a company that sells organic products. In 1983, six years after the birth of her daughter, Suzanna realized one of her dreams, namely to own a horse. She buys her first bracket: “Freiberger Daisy”. Since then, horses have followed the couple’s daily routine.
Thirteen years after this major acquisition, Susanna and Ulrich Gisin are realizing their ultimate dream: to own their own farm. They left Switzerland with the idea of fleeing and bought the 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 idea was first to make it a holiday business. With the help of their three daughters and many friends, they embarked on an extensive renovation that lasted for years. We had to reconcile work, family with grandchildren, three little girls and two little boys, unmanageable things, bad weather, etc. The house was electrified with solar energy and water from the source. Over the years, they decided to create a paradise for horses. A place where old horses or ponies that are no longer rideable or poorly maintained find their resting place, surrounded by nature and in a huge space. Their wish finally came true in Easter 2011, when the old age grazing was opened.
A natural gem
It must be said that the place is suitable for. Nestled in the middle of a beautiful nature reserve in the Haute-Marne, surrounded by meadows and forests, La Roserie is the ideal place to accommodate around thirty horses and ponies in the wild. Isolated in the middle between forests, lakes and meadows, the farm is surrounded by more than 40 hectares of magnificent organic pastures for natural breeding. The horse is slowly integrated into the group stable. No boxes so that the nature image is not destroyed, tents for the horses are distributed as shelter and protection so they can find their refuge there.
A caring team
Various services are available to take care of horses. It requires a lot of daily care, one has to love it and the Rosery team spends many hours on it. They maintain the horses’ hooves themselves and possibly call in a professional. Every year, they turn to a Swiss dentist, who for two days checks and treats the teeth of horses and ponies. This area is full of discoveries, in addition to horses and ponies you can also discover a wide variety of animals such as alpacas, pygmies, quail and the traditional pets, cats, dogs, poultry. The bees also have their natural and protected domain where they can forage without fear.
The offer of holidays, courses and seminars is still valid. With its three rooms, Roserie offers space for holidaymakers. It is also a destination for hikers, cyclists, families and all stressed people looking for a quiet place in the middle of nature. All the seasons bring discoveries to this farm that no one can imagine because the landscape is so changing. Every morning the owners are amazed and thank nature for what it can bring them. “Birdsong, in the morning at dawn, is priceless to us, it is something magnificent, each of the seasons brings its share of wonders”. Susanna and Ulrich participate a lot in the awakening of this nature. Their ambition is that this natural heritage should be preserved so that their history survives them and is an example for future generations.
From our correspondent Anthony Bottigliri