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Farmarbeit, Frankreich

Land: Frankreich

Workaway Host rating
34
Zuletzt online
21.08.2014

Beschreibung

We are trying to revive the degenerated Domaine surrounding our Château, which nowadays consists of an animal farm with 25ha of hilly pastures, a 45ha forest, a saw-mill and some holiday homes. When we (Bianca, who was trained to be a nurse, and Paul, who had been stuck in an office for far too long) were in our mid 40's, we decided to get away from it all. So it was in 2005 that we left our studying sons behind and emigrated from the overpopulated Netherlands to the tranquility of rural south-west of France. We have embraced some of the local Gascon lifestyle, in which we like to enjoy a full table, both food and company, after a hard day’s work. In spite of all the progress made, the domain never seems finished. So YES, we do welcome volunteers to help out on the farm, with the forestry and to generally fix-up this quiet Gascony glory!

Region

Midi Pyrenees

Arten von Arbeit

sonstige Arbeiten,
Hilfe mit Touristen,
Betreuung von Tieren,
Hilfe bei Ökoprojekten,
Landarbeit,
handwerkliche Arbeiten,
Bauarbeiten,
Gartenarbeit

Arbeit

In one project, we will saw tree trunks in to planks and beams with which a shed and a barn need to be renovated. The large branches are to be (machine) split for firewood, and all the medium and small branches will be shredded into chips for the wood burner of the central heating. A secondary destination for the planks and beams is to convert the roof of a large hangar in to an area for solar panels to generate electricity.
Another project is to renovate a building that in the 1950’s and 1960’s housed the farm workers. The idea is to change it in to a holiday gîte.
Meanwhile the decoration and renovation of the main house is not yet finished, the surrounding garden and adjacent vegetable garden scream for attention and of course the farm and animals require their continuous care...

gesprochene Sprachen

English, french, german, dutch

Unterkunft

The 3 guest-rooms in the mansion share their own bathroom. At lunch a warm meal and in the evening a cold meal will be provided. Laundry can be done. The daily chores will be shared by all who enjoy the household.

Was noch ...

We have plenty of experience with (mostly young) people helping out at the farm, being it family, friends and WorkAwayers ever since 2005. We started with a group of 15, family and friends, including our 2 sons and some of their friends (city boys and girls) who helped us out during the summer holidays. They all enjoyed it and some so much that they returned regularly in the following years. The previous 3 years we had almost a dozen WorkAwayes visiting us every year, and some of them left a review on this Internet site.

As a consequence of most of our activities we virtually live outdoors starting April. On a daily routine, the closer we get to the warm season, the earlier we rise to benefit from the early light and avoid the heath. We do warm lunches, which often cause the inevitable siesta.

We know that our place sounds idyllic to some people, so we prefer to be straightforward about what people may expect here. You should realize that it is a lot of physical work around a farm/forest? Don’t be afraid to break a fingernail occasionally or to get yr hands and knees dirty. Sometimes we even do some muscle fledging, backbone-building work, and that goes for the both of us (in our early fifties).

From experience we would prefer to have WorkAwayers as from the age of 21 years upwards, and for at least 2 weeks.

Etwas mehr Information

Internet access
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers

Weitere Bilder

The Château Photo Album

Klicken Sie auf ein Bild für eine größere Ansicht.

overview of the estate, norhwards
overview of the estate, norhwards
Le Château
Le Château
sawmill
sawmill
wood chipping
wood chipping
storing the hay harvest
storing the hay harvest
feeding the animals - 01
feeding the animals - 01
storing the grain harvest
storing the grain harvest
I love my beef!!
I love my beef!!
Bianca & Paul
Bianca & Paul
Panorama aux Pyrénées
Panorama aux Pyrénées
the catch of a mushroom-search
the catch of a mushroom-search
wanna bite?
wanna bite?
evening snacks
evening snacks
Adam couldn't resist getting mud on his face.
Adam couldn't resist getting mud on his face.
Lovable Jung
Lovable Jung
Does Aline like suckling calves ???
Does Aline like suckling calves ???
Georgie in action
Georgie in action
Aline & Julie have broken-in Samba
Aline & Julie have broken-in Samba
Jamie, the strimmer
Jamie, the strimmer
Hannah hates pictures
Hannah hates pictures
Alice & Hannah, rabbiting
Alice & Hannah, rabbiting
Philip, the poolman
Philip, the poolman
Tia, the amazing amazon
Tia, the amazing amazon
M&M: how's my tan, Engy?
M&M: how's my tan, Engy?
Hannah: TAdaaaah!
Hannah: TAdaaaah!
Kelsy's Texan BBQ
Kelsy's Texan BBQ
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