Christmas Vouchers available now from 13 Bees on the banks of the river Vienne
Would you like a holiday with a real difference?  Why not try our beekeeping experiences for a relaxing and truly memorable holiday.

Join us in our art-deco inspired villa on the banks of the river Vienne, surrounded by verdant Charentaise countryside and typically French, medieval towns and villages.  Every visitor is more than just a customer; you are guests in our home and will enjoy a classical, weekend house party atmosphere from the moment you arrive (think Downton Abbey without the stiff collars!).

With 3 and 6 night beekeeping holidays to choose from, there's something for everyone looking for a new and fun experience.  And at less than an hour from Limoges and Angoulême and within 90 minutes from Poitiers airports it's as easy to get here as it is to enjoy your time with us.

If beekeeping holidays are not your thing, we also offer luxurious and comfortable chambres d'hôtes (bed and breakfast) rooms all year round.  Click the images below to find out more and be inspired to book your next break!

beekeeping experiences

Inspecting a beehive
Why not make your next holiday something truly different
Phone: +44 1632 96099

Chambres d'hôtes

Yummy fresh croissants
Enjoy our bed and breakfast service at any time of the year

our rooms

Juliet bedroom
Our newly spacious bedrooms offer comfort, style and great views

13 Bees Blog

by Thirteen Bees 24 Mar, 2017
Question: What does a beekeeper do when the weather is awful?
Answer: The same as anyone else - he/she goes shopping!

In just a matter of days the 'false Spring' has disappeared and the temperatures have plummeted from 21c to 6c, and the rain clouds appear to have taken up residence over our garden. The bees have beaten a hasty retreat and are clustered once again in their hives, sending out messages that they'd really appreciate some more sugar syrup in the feeders, please. Having cleaned all the equipment and made our plans to manage swarm behaviour, there was only one other thing to do: buy some more hives ready for all the new colonies we'll hopefully have in a couple of months.

Given that our bees have come through the winter, and are growing quickly (all the pollen being carried in when the sun was shining means that in all likelihood the queens are laying), we will be splitting the colonies and raising new queens in April. We therefore need somewhere for them to live!

Kevin spent several hours researching all the companies who provide hives, complete or in kit form, and narrowed down the choice to a couple of competitively priced firms. Then we had to sit down and take a deep breath when we looked at the delivery charges. Ok, hives are heavy but seriously, that much to bring them to us?! We worked out that we may as well travel to collect them ourselves and so earlier this week when "il pleut comme vache qui pisse" (polite translation: raining cats and dogs...!) we set off on the 2-hour drive to a supplier near Poitiers, and bought what we could fit in the car. As you can see from the photo above, we got a lot in - four complete hives: brood boxes, floors, supers, crown boards and roofs...now we just have to paint them ready for their new residents. Luckily my parents are visiting next week - guess what jobs we have in store for them?!
More posts
Share by: