a Morzine Chalet 450 sqm with more than 10 rooms, usually rented to English tourists, has been converted into a luxurious space for remote work. Niels Rowland, 27, of Arcachon Basin, is the founder of the Little Patch Society.
Computer salesman, who had been working remotely for several months, isolated behind his screen. In the summer of 2020 his plan is an idea: Instead of working alone in the same place, it would be nice if people could enjoy nature, relaxing moments and meetings. Since then, he’s looking for a fan of new experiences.
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In October 2020, Niels Roland rented a castle in Dordogne. He first suggests that his acquaintances join him, work and share moments together, in this sad period of restrictions. Although no one knows each other, the participants are excited and share photos on Instagram. Bingo! ” At first, we got crazy because we took pictures of our incarcerationSmiling Niels Rowland, But our posts have been published. Then we advertised on social networks, and the requests poured in ».
In this first residence, the young man was managing his personal account and insurance. However, given the success of the experiment and its desire to renew it, a legal structure becomes necessary. Niels Rowland created the Paatch Society this past January.
Planning a home business
For the second stay, without knowing the village, the young man suggests Morzine, where he found the perfect chalet. For around € 200, a single room, workspaces, Wi-Fi and spacious common areas are available for lovers of co-working.
To apply, they fill out a detailed questionnaire, Niels Rolland and Alice Janne, the association’s treasurer, and then contact them for a final selection. Each person selected must become a member of Paatch. ” Once they arrive, Sunday evening, we explain the rules, Niels Rowland details. We prepare household agendas, draw the lottery for the 2 Paatcheurs who will be in charge of the evening meal, etc. »
The experiment was successful. ” It creates human bonds. We find out. We didn’t imagine the scale », The designer rejoices.
Niels Rowland is already thinking about a third voyage, which he thinks on the Atlantic coast.
A new outlet for rental companies?
In Morzine as elsewhere, many vacationers have canceled their reservations this winter. When Claudine Bryce, the owner of the chalet, got the call from Niels Rowland, the project immediately took over. ” When Niels called me, he showed me the concept and made it clear that he was testing to see if it worked. I was delighted to participate in this new experience that took an interest in her human values. I liked the principle of allowing people to emerge from their isolation and meet each other, while respecting hygienic procedures. Then I thought it could be a new model for resort rental companies. »
He changes me from my remote work, between my bedroom and living room.
Cassandra Entafong, Community Manager, in her 30s, from Lyon. She isolated herself behind her computer, in a corner of the living room. She is a mountain lover and chose to stay for two weeks. ” I didn’t want to stay in Lyon, so I was looking for a solutionas you say. I saw the ad on Instagram, and I didn’t hesitate. The “work in the middle of the mountain” aspect is a great experience. I particularly appreciate evening meals in the community. »
On her part, Margo Botti, Poloni-Billancourt sales representative, works at the large table in the dining room. She explains: When I saw the ad, I immediately subscribed. I asked a few questions, and I thought they were elegant. Being here has changed my business for 6 months remotely, between my bedroom and living room, and it’s really a great opportunity to meet people. »