FAQ meet-ups

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?


What are my transport options for getting to and from the event?

  • From Nimes or Montpellier Airport, there are buses going to Ganges (journey is about a hour). They are reliable and comfortable, but not frequent and, honestly, the French time-tables are a nightmare to decode. Therefor if you decide to go for public transport, it’s best to contact us at meeting@thackara.com so we can guide you through it.
    (Montpellier Occitanie: Ligne 108. Nimes Gare: Ligne D40)
  • From Marseille Airport you can get on a train to Nimes (or Montpellier), or rent a car and drive 2 hours to get to us.
  • At the airports you’ll find car rentals. Prices for a hire car start at 40€ per day depending on time of year, type- and availability of cars. Because it’s high season, we recommend to reserve a rental in advance (for example at https://www.rentalcars.com/).
  • We can also arrange to have someone pick you up from the airport, that drive would cost about 80€-100€ (4 passengers max, three if extreme luggage)
  • parking: plenty of free street parking around (but not on the doorstep since we’re in a pedestrian street)

What’s the refund policy?

Sorry, no refunds.

Can we come as a group?

The Meet-ups are for individuals but we are also happy to host a single group coming to an offsite. (contact us: meeting@thackara.com)

I can’t stay for the full week

That is a shame. You can come for a shorter stay but unfortunately we can’t offer refunds. Why don’t you drop us an email, maybe we can figure something out: meeting@thackara.com

All work and no play?

We’re believers in sufficient down-time to make the up-time efficient. So don’t worry, you will have time to explore the beautiful surroundings, go for a swim or a walk, or have a drink at one of the local bars.

Do we live in with you?

No. No need to worry. All spaces are independent of our part of the house. John and Kristi live on the first floor, the rest of the spaces are on the ground floor or on the second floor. There is a communal front door to the house, and a central staircase with doors opening to the other spaces.

You can come and go as you please.

Can the family come along?

This is a working Meet-Up so, I’m sorry but they can’t. But, before and/or after the Meet-Up week, the spaces in our house are for rent to holiday makers. Or we can point you to other rooms or apartments for rent in the area. Just drop us an email if you need our help.

On this subject, I hope you understand we can’t welcome your friends who want to come for a visit, not even that interesting person you just met at the bar around the corner … 😉 Naturally we can make an exception, but do ask us beforehand. Be mindful that this is our home, and that this is a working week.

What is your smoking policy?

Inside it’s no-smoking. Outside all is fine.

Food, drink etc.

We are not heavy on service, we provide a comfortable space in an historical building and quality time with each other and with John – but we don’t cook for you. There are two kitchens at your disposal and a BBQ in the courtyard. And there are various affordable restaurants nearby.

Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-intollerant

The good news is that since there are kitchens in the house, you will not starve. Our organic shop is well stocked, our food market is great, but eating out might be a challenge for you.

More and more restaurants offer a vegetarian choice. Vegan dishes are rare in local restaurants. Gluten-free only recently appeared on the shelves in the supermarkets and hasn’t inspired the local restaurant business yet.
(we are flexitarians ourselves)


We’re in the center of town, in the “quartier médiéval”, where streets are narrow and neighbours are plentiful. Please be respectful.

  • The Meet-up dates

    July 2019:
    arrive Monday 01, leave Monday 08

    August 2019:
    arrive Thursday 22, leave Thursday 29

  • Meet-up Guestbook

    • Gill / April 21, 2018:
      the perfect place to hide out and finish writing that thesis, project proposal, or book »
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      Bright, spacious, homie and comfortable with vintage furniture and art/design books. Highly recommended if you want to see the real french countryside out of the... »
    • Andrea / September 27, 2017:
      We used the place as working retreat to concentrate, to be together and to work. We enjoyed the relaxed feel of the area and the... »