FORTY wannabe loners are vying for a chance to live in a world without annoying neighbours.
The French government have been advertising for a new couple to look after a tiny French island off the coast of Brittany – and they received tons of replies.
According to the BBC, the advert looking for people to move to the mile-long island of Quéménès read: “Wanted: Person(s) to run Brittany island.
“Must be practical-minded and resilient. Farmhouse provided. Solitude guaranteed.”
The participants would need to comfortable in their own company – the island’s only other inhabitants are seals, rabbits, seal-birds and sheep.
Ten years ago, a couple called David and Soizic Cuisinier moved to the island following a similar advert by France’s Coastal Protection Agency.
In 2007, the pair responded to an advert asking for a couple to live on the island and run the farm, but now they are looking to move back to the mainland so that their
children can attend school.
The protection agency received an influx of applications after placing the advert, but they have whittle the list down to 20 serious entries – with a winner chosen in the next few weeks.
David told the BBC: “”Coming here was an act of glorious folly, but it turned into the most wonderful adventure.
“We developed the farm into a successful business. We raised a family. It has been unforgettable.”
The couple grow Mona Lisa potatoes on the farm, which they sell to the outside world on the internet, and they also run a B&B for six months of the year.
They do live without certain mod cons – toilets are sawdust and water comes from rainwater, and their electricity comes from solar and wind energy.
David added: “We have shown that it is possible to have a normal, modern life, while consuming only what nature has given.
“We have all the electronic gadgets we need, including an electric buggy to get round the island.”
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