Help with renovations and maintenance on our chateau in the Cantal region, France

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  • Description

    Description

    We are an English family of four with two daughters aged 12 and 13. We moved to France in 2011 to start our new adventure and have been renovating our chateau ever since!! You would be truly welcomed by all of us and be able to enjoy a lovely room in our chateau. We have 2.5 acres of garden/woodland and the countryside in the Cantal is amazing. We also have 2 donkeys, 2 dogs, 6 cats and 3 chickens.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Other
    Teaching

  • Help

    Help

    Basically, this year we would like to try to get the whole 2nd floor of the chateau renovated and decorated. New electrics have been installed and all the wallpaper stripped. Therefore, the 6 bedrooms now need some repairs and preparation for decorating. Once each room is prepared properly, the painting and wallpapering can be done to finish the rooms. Therefore, we are looking for people who have good decorating skills. We also have 3 bathrooms to completely renovate/construct on the 2nd floor plus an additional separate toilet to re-fit, so anyone with building, plumbing, electrics or bathroom fitting experience would be greatly appreciated.

    There are also some outside jobs which we would like to get some help with. Firstly, there is a section of our outside stone wall which needs repair after it collapsed earlier this year, so anyone who has the skill to repair this would be appreciated. We need to construct a new wooden fence to separate part of our garden for our 2 donkeys. There are also 10 pairs of shutters for the windows which need renovating and painting. In addition to all this, we would also be very happy to get any help with the garden, cleaning, cooking and other numerous jobs. Ideally we prefer a minimum two week stay.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    As mentioned already, we are renovating the chateau and the first floor is nearly complete. So you will be staying in a nice room on the first floor. Please see the photographs shown.
    We will happily cook vegetarian meals.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are situated close to the main autoroute which gives easy access to all the main tourist sites and villages in the area. There are many great walking and cycling opportunities through this ancient volcanic region. In the winter, the ski resort is about 35 minutes away by car and in the summer you can do a range of outdoor activities, including canoeing, horse-riding, accrobranche and many other things.

    At the moment, we host French children during the holidays and teach them English but once the Chateau is fully renovated we are hoping to open all year round and then offer chambre d'hotes accommodation including evening meals.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Volunteering hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week


Photos

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The dining room
Our family
One of our guest bedrooms
Steve and Ben putting the renovated shutters back on the house using our cherry picker
The ground floor lounge before starting renovations
Ben and Steve digging out the lounge floor
Our 2 daughters at Christmas in our library/sitting room
Our greenhouse after it was renovated by Nicolas and Sol
Nicolas working on the greenhouse
Paulo, Julia and Steve laying the new oak parquet floor in the lounge.
The main lounge is very nearly finished.
Host ref number: 389635133918

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