Ferme de Sauveterre

Episode 70 Forbidden land. In this episode Tell is confronted with his deeds and has to take responsibility


The Shepherd at the cliff - Unknown place

We have no idea where this cliff is, somewhere in Lozere on plateau Cause de Sauveterre? Or is it a close-up of the rock at Boissets?



One sheep leaves the herd and jumps over the wall. The dog follows. Then the sheep falls, Tell wants to be helpful and jumps over the

wall to get the dog. While Tell jumps over the wall, the shepherd warns Tell and shouts: 'Don't go there!' But Tell doesn't seem to mind...

The wall seems a mysterious border. He notices that something happens to him. Then the episode Forbidden Land starts.



The wall

 Location: We think it could be Jasse de Sauveterre, but here we see bigger rocks and trees that don't match.

So: It's Jasse de Sauveterre combined with another place or it's different place that looks like Jasse.




"Many thanks, many thanks, but don't go there don't go over the wall...then... Tell: "Then what?" "There is nothing until a fool goes in there, then everything happens."

The shepherd keeps on warning Tell. "If you go in there...you would go mad!" Tel: "You just imagine things." "Nobody has ever returned!"


Next trial

Tell enters a misty forest. A world of ghosts and shadows of the past.


                                                                                                                        The Amulet                                                                     Hilary Mason        


The woman has a message:

"You are now in the world of your own mind with your memories, your desires and your guilt, your hope..."

Tell responded: "What do you want me to do?"

"This is the most uncomfortable of all...to discover who or what you are... You must explore the land inside yourself"

Only there, among the terrible shadows and all it's confusion. You are fighting no one, only this time... It's only yourself to rescue."


The search continues

For Tell the episode is full of shock moments where he is tested.

While he laughs at Gessler's faith, suddenly Gessler starts to speak...


Tell uses his sword against Gessler, but instead of Gessler he hits his own son, Matthew.


                                 A mysterious rider approaches and offers a drink  What or who is real? Is it Katrina or someone in disguise?


He recognizes the residents and greets them, but they don't respond as Tell expects ....

The horse gets scared and throws Tell off 



Nothings is what it seems

He walks through misty fields and he comes across a farm. Tell comes to the village, he sees people he know, but nobody recognizes him.

They attract him and repel him, it makes him distraught and lonely. It's an episode where he is confronted with his deeds and the choices he made.


1989                                                                                                    2017


1988 during Crossbow                                                                                       2017          


Great view! On this plateau is the 'Jasse.' This is the place Tell is looking for a guide to cross the wasteland in episode The Shadow. Jasse is also in The Wind Wagon.




                           1988                                                                           2017                                                         2017 It seems the second window



A temporary filmset

A fake oven was added during the shooting of 'Crossbow.'

The place where 'the arrows' pointing to, is the place you see below (recognize the bended wall and the stairs).




                            Above and below. A deeper path has now been created at the excavator side. 2017                                                                   Crossbow 1988

At the spot of the path, a wall used to be fixed on the right side of the building, you can see it on these two pictures.                                       


         Here is where the wall used to be attached                   Tell entered the property with the wall in the back. 2017                                               2017                                                


Tell's struggle

He has to face it alone

Katrina returned to Ferme de Sauveterre to record a large part of this last episode with Tell (of season 3). We also saw Gessler and the 'new' Matthew back again.


                             1987                                                                                    2017



                       1989 the wall arcade was closed and is anno 2017 open en the wall behind tell is broken down and open to the field. It's the entrance nowadays







Nothing is what it seems. Tell's possition is lonely.


Confusion all over


Location: Ferme de Sauveterre


1989                                                                                           2017                                                                                            2017



The confrontation with his family

Nothing left of the stairs below, the owner is working with a shuffle and removed a wall and probably this stairs too, It's not a natural damage.

I'm surprised because this is a monument. This stairs is original. Hope nothing more will be gone.


The broken stairs at ferme de Sauveterre



The stairs has unfortunately been destroyed 

                                2017 the building left of the stairs                                             1989                                                 2017, the stairs is damaged



                      The room Tell descents the stairs

                                   2017                                                                Location: Ferme de Sauveterre                                                       1988                     


                         This room


Same room as above. 2017


Tell came out of this door, walked down the stairs and met the wounded soldiers.



The place still exists. Photo is from 2017.  

 Right of Tell is the window. Between the window and the door you still see the vertical line in the wall on both photos.

 If you see how open that room is then it must have been shot in the dark or they made it pretty dark.



       Studio with so many faces

A long time, we thought the whole episode of Forbidden land was filmed in Ferme de sauveterre. But now we

know it's partly recorded in the studio in Perouge. It's a mixure of scenes from Ferme de Sauveterre and the studio.



If we can't find a location and we did a lot for it, the in some cases we ask Will. Will knows a lot, but some he forgotten. He has been very helpful to us.

Season 3: he mentioned once it could have been recorded in a kind of studio built on a set. Since then we looked at those missing locations, with

different eyes and we saw a similarities. C. Petit is so clever to figure this out all the way!


Below you see episode 70 Forbidden land. This scene is made in this ruined farmhouse changed into a studio. More about this studio locations, click here

The studio had a roof made of wood and cloth. It covered all the white drawn 'tiles' you can see on ground level (in front of the farm).


It's where the blue rectangle is. They put in front on this place a wooden pole.


The confrontation

Location: In the farmhouse studio 1988   At first we thought it was only filmed in Ferme de Sauveterre...but it was filmed both here and in the

studio farmhouse La perigouse. Scene: Tell meets soldiers he killed out of self-defense. These soldiers are telling him they have suffered and their families too.


Location of this spot is the farm studio La Perigouse


The soldiers are chasing Tell with horrific wounds, they confront him all the time.        



The last scenes with Gessler, Matthew and Katrina are recorded in a secret cave, more about the cave down this link.


Cave scenes of The Forbidden land

At the end, there is a scene in a cave. There are lots of caves around. We did not know which cave until recently.

We think C. Petit discovered old coordinates of the location. Discovered in June 2020.

Scene: Then the voice of Gessler suddenly says: "Tell!"  Tell responds immediately: "Gessler!" and he turns around to spot him.

"I'm waiting for you behind your back, always waiting for you.. I'm your dead, Tell!  Tell: "Your evil never win." "I'm your evil.

Come on let us be friends, It's nonsense to face each other. Tell: "Your ...cruel, selfish, vain! You are everything that I detest!

Gessler: "Then it's yourself you hate, fool!" They start to fight, they look each other in the eye. Then Tell says: "You are the devil!"

Scene: Tell throws Gessler, over his shoulder, into the fire but he didn't succeed. Then Gessler comes from the back again and tries to strangle Tell.

"I'm your dead, a soft dead for your loved ones. Isn't that what you actually want that? Isn't that what you want?" Then Katrina appears, she stands

behind him: "William....please stop, my love. Stop the fighting and come home to me, come on..." Just when Tell turns towards her to see her...

she seems vanished... and Gessler appears. Tell acts in self-defence.

Scene: Then he hears his son talking. "father, please don't leave us. I'm lost without you! I need you to show me how to win."

"Do you really want to know how to win?" Matthew nods Yes.  "Give me the torch." Tell catches the torch and suddenly he throws the

burning torch against him very hard. Matthew: "What have I've done?" "You have won. But It's not enough. You must go

further find out more stress yourself, there is always more in this life than your think." The evil seems to be destroyed.

2021                                                                  The cave                                                     2021   


Summer of 2020


St. Chely,

The children playground, their home together with the other location; the cave. On this beach is not the cave. It's finally found in 2020!

We first thought it was behind St. Chely beach. We found something else near St. Chely: the double rocks Tell jumped off.


Near St. Chely

Tell leaves the cave. Then switching quickly to St. Chely rocks                 The jump of these rocks, another place at St. Chely.                                                                                        




Photo made by C. Petit, Summer 2020, at St. Chely


Goodbye Tell

Location: Then he mounts up in the the Tarn river and meets the woman on the beach.

The woman seems at the same location. 3 locations for the short end-scene. That's pretty confusing.






2019                                                     Tarn river                                        1989 zoomed


  The last time we see Tell... where is he going to? We will never know.

Bon Voyage.



Extra photos of  Ferme de Sauveterre





    Not that safe...











Shots of the enormous fields north of Ferme de Sauveterre in May

This photos are taken in the end of May and the grass is already colored. Lots of flowers and orchids in the spring. In July and August the fields are yellow and dry, like in Crossbow.





Causse de Sauveterre - beautiful views



On this huge plateau is Jasse de Sauveterre. Hard to discover because all rocks look like each other.

There are a lot of 'Jasses', (sheepshelter) from small to large.


Modern gadgets on the horizon. Wind turbines


On the right, is the field where Tell shoot Basai in episode The Shadow.


                The same door        






Deserted. The back was a bit modernized. This place below looked too private to enter. But there were no private property warnings/signs thankfully.





I believe rock Fortunio in the back.









Time and weather have affected the building. A lot needs to be restored. When I was there the farm was deserted. Every year I pass it hardly changed.