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Caretaker couple wanted for Small fairytale castle in Loire Valley, France.

Country: France

Workaway Host rating
2
Last Activity
01/06/2014

Description

COUPLE Wanted for Small fairytale castle in FRANCE

Available Dates: February 15th, 2013 - April 30th
COUPLES ONLY, PLEASE!

We are a couple with an 11 year old child, 2 very loving dogs, chickens, 2 ponies, 1 gentle horse, a goat and fish. We are relaxed, flexible, trustworthy and friendly, and look for caretakers who share these same qualities to replace our much-loved current couple (who are moving on after a wonderful 1 year stay).

Our chateau is a 150-year-old neo-Renaissance castle on 10 hectares of land in a region famed for its history and beauty. As it is neo-Renaissance (1850’s) and not medieval, it is in remarkably good condition. All of the rooms (4 main rooms + 7 bedrooms) are in a good state of repair as we have undergone a process of updating the chateau since its last restoration in the 1970s. However, given its age, it always needs maintenance in the areas of plumbing, electricity, clearing of gutters, etc.

The chateau operates as a family home, occasionally hosting parties and events, and also features a holiday cottage on the grounds.
The chateau is located in an idyllic location in the Western Loire Valley of France, and is only 2km away from the nearest town with everything one could want: supermarkets, bakeries, butchers, bars, even its own racecourse. The nearest city is 15km away, and features a high-speed train connection. We are only 1.5 hours SW of Paris by train. We are also equidistant to all of the castles of the Loire Valley, Mont St. Michel, the Normandy Beaches, and Brittany, as well as many attractions locally.

The region is very hospitable, and we try to be as well! We care more about the ‘fit’ of the couple, in personality, skills, English-language ability and commitment, than in age. Our previous couple were a vibrant pair in their early 50's.

If you are looking for a beautiful French adventure and think that you might fit our requirements, please contact us! We'd love to hear from you.

Area

Pays de la Loire

Type of help

Other,
Helping with Tourists,
Animal care,
Help in the house,
General Maintenance,
Babysitting / child care,
Gardening

Help

**OUR IDEAL COUPLE**:
-Hold EU passports or valid visas for travelling within the EU for 3 months +
-Physically very fit and strong (important)
-Have a relaxed ‘can-do’ attitude and initiative
-Enjoy smiling, being flexible and creative problem-solving
-Have perfect spoken English
-Love children and animals;
-Enjoy the challenges of housekeeping, gardening and cleaning to a high standard;
-Have a keen interest in France;
-Love to travel;
-Love the outdoors but do not mind working indoors;
-Have had some experience in farming and/or hotel work;
-Get along well with each other and enjoy working together;
and, are VERY discreet, pleasant, and undaunted by the exciting challenges that a new country can offer.

Each should have a clean driver's licence and no criminal history (will be checked).

Also, drinking-habits must be moderate and bear no impact on work or personal relationships.

It is not necessary that you speak French, but an assertive attitude toward getting out and getting things done, plus an interest in picking up a few key phrases is very helpful.

The duties are 5 hours per day, 5 days per week, Tuesday- Saturday (summer) or Monday-Friday (winter). Generally the hours are 9:30 am to 1:30 pm., leaving the afternoons and weekends free for enjoying France & the property. One additional hour in the evening is allotted for animal care, such as walking the dogs. The duties are generally divided by day: one day gardening, mowing the lawn, etc., the next day special projects, the next general housecleaning. Saturday is changeover day for a small cottage located on the grounds of the chateau which we let during the warmer months to British holidaymakers. Occasionally, babysitting for our sweet daughter may be requested. In winter, the hours may be adjusted to suit the weather, and the jobs revolve less around the holiday-cottage and general gardening, and more around special projects such as chopping wood, planting and weeding, painting windows, etc.

This is not a paid position but a very rewarding working-holiday arrangement. A food allowance of €200 per month is provided. The fully-furnished apartment, plus all bills such as electricity, water, gas, and internet are covered by us. A car may be a possibility. As we must adhere to French law in various ways once our couple has arrived, you must both hold EU passports.

It is important that both have travel insurance in case of illness or accident. If one has any particular skills or talents, either artistic or practical, we definitely encourage this creativity.

Interested candidates please send CV, PHOTOS and REFERENCES in your profile.

Languages spoken

English & French

Accommodation

Within the chateau is a recently renovated lower-ground floor caretaker apartment with its own entrance, separate bedroom, kitchen, large television, English satellite TV, and bathroom with Jacuzzi-style bathtub. On the grounds are woods with paths for nature walks, a small private fishing lake with its own island, and a walled garden featuring a pool, a rose garden and two orchards. Unless we have a special event taking place, the caretakers are free to use all of the grounds.

Some more information

Internet access
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers

Volunteering hours expected

20-25 hours per week

Photos

Photos of the Chateau

These are a couple of photos of our chateau. It is such a lovely, romantic place...some of our caretakers never want to leave the grounds!

Click to enlarge

Arial View of Property
Arial View of Property
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