Apart from being your host
at La Colle, Rod is a world traveller and was nearly born
on a plane, when those sort of things didn't worry the airline
staff so much and you were given a free ticket for life if you
were born on board!
La Colle has been a passion
of Rod's for some time and it has been lovingly restored by him
for more than 10 years. He bought it as a complete
abandoned and ruined hamlet without water or electricity in the mid
90's and now it thrives as a well-established country estate
offering the right mix of modern life coupled with real French
Provencial country living (log fires and all).
Rod has lived and worked in
many different countries and adventure is one side of life that
he is well used to. Born in Bangkok, and lived in the : UK,
Canada, Australia, Spain and France.
He is bi-lingual and is
well versed in the French way of living and, by the way, is a talented chef on
his own! So you might be lucky enough to get some fusion cooking
from his Asian and French sides.
Rod has had a long history
in the creative arts; having been owner and CEO of International
marketing companies, responsible for the creative process as
well as a multitude of other sectors of the business.
He is well versed in
setting up photo shoots and has worked with a hoist of
professional photographers at the top of their areas.
A glance at his client list reads
like a portfolio of top blue chips, too large to publish here.
Although his main
professional areas are in International Marketing, Rod has also spent
6 years in International Formula One Motor racing providing
hospitality services for the racing elite with the Wilkie's in
the early 80's.
He was on the first ever rally
from Paris to Moscow, which then went on to finish in Beijing in
1992. They provided the then Moscow
political elite hospitality at the rally staging point in The
He has also been on numerous
Le Mans 24hr races providing hospitality for the international
press, business people and celebrities.
His racing and professional
career has led him all over the world and he is also passionate
about travelling and loves photography!
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true I have had a very extensive career, which I hope
will continue for many years too come and I'm fully committed to helping you enjoy
the full experience in this part of Provence.
We have lined up a very personal
adventure, peppered very much from our own experiences,
but the adventure is not just photographic or creative
as I know
all too well that you need to be well-fed and
sometimes surprised by the day's experiences to make
this a memorable trip for you!
For those of you who would like to
just come along for the experience we have a fabulous
pool to relax by and a wonderful area to discover. You
are also welcome to try out either of the creative
day's with us (space permitting in the vehicle).
In our emails please feel free to let me know of any special areas
which you would like me to pay attention to and
I'll very much try and accommodate this for you.
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Note: Photos on this site! Have all been optimised for
the internet and therefore have a massive quality drop to ensure
readability by all different types of internet access. All of the
shots published on this site unless otherwise stated are Copyright ©
2016 by Rod Cook.