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  • Description

    Description

    Beautiful chateau guest house specialising in all inclusive family holidays.

    Set in idyllic country location. Near all the major tourist sights - Mont St Michel, Bayeux tapestry and the D Day beaches.


    During spring (March and April) I tend to look for a band of helpers to get the house and grounds ready for the season. Lots of spring cleaning, painting and gardening (light and heavy work, building works, concreting etc. Happy to take up to six helpers during this period and varied skills are welcome. Builders of all types are particularly welcome any time out of the main season).

    During May and June I am after couples (can be two friends travelling together) to help with day to day running of the guest house. Happy to take people for one or two weeks during this period.

    For July and Augusts I like to find three couples who will each stay approx three weeks each. Would be a great help if at least one of you was good with children, as duties would ideally include some child care or baby sitting. Other duties include help with cooking, breakfasts, cleaning rooms, gardening, child care etc.

    Please note I usually only take couples or friends travelling together as I find this works best for everyone at the chateau guesthouse, which is in the middle of the countryside.

    However, builders, decorators, handy diy-ers or seamstresses are often welcome as solo travellers, especially if I have other helpers already here.

    It is a big benefit if you have a car or motorbike as there is no public transport. However, almost all of our volunteers have not had transport and they have all enjoyed themselves.

    I can often drop you off at a railway station in the morning and pick you up later after a day exploring. We also have some rather ropey bikes you can use. We are 3km from a village and 10km from the city of Coutances. The beach is 12km.
    Our nearest railway station is in the cathedral city of Coutances, which is ten minutes away. This is where I can pick you up from.

    Lots of good food provided plus wine and beer.

    Accommodation varies depending on the time of year. Sometimes it is a rather plush room in the main chateau. Other times it is in a cottage in the grounds, but during July and August it is a small but comfy caravan in the grounds. The caravan has its own kitchen, toilet and shower.

    Bigger groups during the spring share a well appointed two bedroomed and two bathroomed cottage with full kitchen, dining room and lounge .

    We can have intensely busy periods followed by times with no clients, so your work pattern would not be set in stone. However, you can often have every afternoon off or you can group a couple of free days together so you can go exploring.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Art project
    Other
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help

    Help

    Please note that I usually only take two people travelling together as I find this works better for everyone, but do make exceptions for trades men and women.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and everyday French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Can be a room in the main chateau in quiet times, a cottage in the grounds in spring or a small caravan in July and August. Caravan has its own kitchen, toilet and a proper shower. It is a good place to escape from guests!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Ideally you should have a car or motorbike as there is very little public transport. However, almost all of our volunteers have not had any transport and they have all enjoyed themselves. I have trouble convincing some voluteers to even leave the property!
    We have two bikes and I am happy to drop you off at a train station. Car hire is also reasonable in Normandy - around 25 euro a day.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • ...

    Volunteering hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours, 5 days a week


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You hum it and I'll play it - Robbie the Burmese cat.
Four acres of parkland
Cottage bedroom for voluteers in spring
Host ref number: 28451244949f

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