Area: Pas-de-CalaisWe; Nik 46yrs (English/German) and Donna (New Zealander), and Donna's daughter Ella (15yrs) have bought a run-down farmhouse and outbuildings on 1/2 acre in Northern France. Nik is a potter and also an experienced builder and we are attempting to renovate the property, to a very high standard. We are tackling the renovation alone; doing all the concreting, woodwork, repairing old mud walls and making our own roof tiles, floor tiles and bathroom tiles etc. We have built a woodwork shop and a pottery in our old barn, and we are starting to experiment with glass. We have an extensive garden and we keep chickens and goats (and for some months pigs). And we have 3 cats and a Jack Russell. We eat well from the garden and orchard, and love to process our own produce when we have the time (time being the key word!); sausages, hams, salamis, jams, sauces, cheeses (when we can get a supply of fresh milk) and so on. Our life is a combination of self-sufficiency, good living and utter chaos! This part of France is charming and unspoiled - but local transport is not easy and it is not a usual holiday destination. That said, if you want to experience a different culture and maybe learn some new skills, we would benefit greatly from your help and enthusiasm!
Area: Midi PyreneesWe are a family of 3, our son is 9 years old. We live in a renovated farmhouse set in 76 acres of rolling grazing and woodland. We have 6 horses including youngsters and foal, 3 dogs and a few mouse-catching cats. This is a rural spot about 30 minutes from large towns where you can cycle, walk, horse-ride or search out beautiful walks with orchids and birds. There is always work needing to be done and the variety is almost as endless as the list! The surrounding area is dotted with traditional old hill-top villages, bustling french markets and lovely scenery.
Area: Crawford, NENestled in the scenic Pine Ridge of Northwestern Nebraska, our 3600 acre working cattle ranch & guest ranch offers the ultimate working ranch vacation ,& horseback riding vacation, and railroad photography. We offer guests of various experience levels the opportunity to ride and experience ranch life, for a day or a week, on a beautiful, timbered high-country Nebraska working cattle ranch. We are a family of 6 operating this business, my parents, my husband and myself, and our 2 children.