“The first lockdown was difficult because of the lack of social contact and the lack of activity… that's why I motivated myself to come here,” said Maxime a web developer.
He's one of the 30 or so young French artists who have taken up residence in Chateau Perché in rural Normandy during France's second strict lockdown, which was imposed at the end of October.
While most in France are confined to their homes, barred from socialising and only out for essential reasons, the 30-strong group of young folks are sharing the 16th-century chateau and its grounds to work, let their hair down and even find love.
“We are basking in bliss,” said one young man from a steaming hot tub. “There are such good vibes you don't know what to do with them.”
See for yourself in Alex Dunham's latest video for The Local with AFP.