NB: I am now looking for a couple of people to come and help finish building a yurt here. Woodworking skills are a plus, but not essential. Also help with goats, a pig and chickens :)
My name's Alex, i'm 29 years old and originally from East Devon, althought i've lived my time in Montpellier, Paris, Bristol and London
I am now living on 30 acres of beautiful fertile land in a valley situated in 'Le Perigord Verte' a beautiful quarter of the Dordogne in the South West of France. I run a business selling antiquarian and collectable books online as well as the beginnings of an organic farm and hopefully somewhere along the line a Yurt rental business.
The land has several fields, a mineral water source and cliffs. It backs onto hundreds of acres of forest and there are large rivers (Dronne/Dordogne) nearby for swimming, canoeing, rock climbing, cycling or picnics. There are also farmers markets (the local produce and cusine round here are wonderful) local bars and shops, but mainly just a lot of nature!
To sit on rocks, to muse o'er flood and fell,
To slowly trace the forest's shady scene,
Where things that own not man's dominion dwell,
And mortal foot hath n'er, or rarely been;
To climb the trackless mountain all unseen,
. . . . . .
This is not solitude; 'tis but to hold
Converse with Nature's charms, and see her stores unroll'd.
There, in the Broad, within whose booky house
Half England's scholars nibble books or browse.
Where'er they wander blessed fortune theirs:
Books to the ceiling, other books upstairs;
Books, doubtless, in the cellar, and behind
Romantic bays, where iron ladders wind.
I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, To put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die Discover that I had not lived.
Henry David Thoreau
Perigord Verte, Dordogne
Type of work
Help with Computers / internet,
Help in the house,
Help with Eco project,
Cooking / shopping,
I am looking for several different areas of work;
1) Help with running the book business, including cataloguing, organising, answering emails, postage and packing.
2) Work on continuing the beginnings of an organic farm; including digging vegetable beds, raising animals, weeding, watering, harvesting (among other things we have a number of walnut and apple trees)
3) Household chores such baking, cooking, cleaning etc (if thats your thing)
4) Building projects such as; more permanent summer accomodation for workawayers, a treehouse, flying fox, chicken hut, pizza oven etc
5) I'd like to find people - artists - interested in making large mosaic walls and natural 'Goldsworthiesque' forest sculptures.
6) I'd also very much like to find keen gardeners to create a herb garden and landscaped flower beds (again if thats your interest!)
7) I'm looking for a Mechanic & Builders at present, who want a cheap holiday!
The accomodation consists of a number of option;
1) A large ex-army 'tipi' style tent for the brave, which has rugs, beds, lanterns, candles, furniture etc + many other two man tents and bedding, matresses.
2) An attic room in the house with beds
3) A comfortable sofa bed infront of an open fire in the main living area
4) A Single futon bed in front of the same fire
What else ...
People are welcome to come and stay for short periods of time (1-2 weeks) initially, then much longer if we feel that we all get along.
I generally have 1-2 workawayers staying, as well as two adorable black kittens and a puppy. I have other friends in the area and there are regular parties to go to during the spring and summer months.
The area is truly breathtaking, and there is canoeing, rock climbing, markets, sight eseeing and many other things to do as well as relax in the forest and look at and for nature.
My Photo Album
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The house and barn from the courtyard
The house from my private valley below
Overhanging cliffs on the river Dronne nearby
Some of my friends doing yoga by the hammocks
The river Dronne at Bourdeilles; my nearest town.
The barn (My office and warehouse)
The old walnut tree with tyre swing
An old watermill at Bourdeilles, which I have completely falling in love with and one day hope to own!
16th Century ruined chapel in a copse of woods near the house
The interior of the 16th century chapel hidden in the woods
Part of the track leading up into the forest where I live
my beautiful autumnal forest
The weirdest tree i\'ve ever seen! (one tree with two trunks in a loop) growing near my house
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Feedback left about host
by Andy [18/03/2013]:
We stayed at Alex's beautiful house for 3 weeks and worked in the garden, helped build a yurt and organise a library of books! It was excellent fun and Alex is a great host with a good sense of humour, is easy to talk to, also an amazing cook who backed bread, cakes and good meals everyday. Its a lively house with plenty of friends visiting but more
by Martin [01/03/2013]:
La Pouyade is a magical place to stay. Peaceful, surrounded by beautiful nature and moreover by very nice people. Alex is an excellent host, perfect cook, easygoing, friendly guy and with right sense of humor! Thank you for the great experience, meeting new people and wish you all the best! I'll come back! :)
Martin is a very experienced, capable and thoughtful traveller. He works very well both on his own and in a group, and is one of the most self-motivated and independent workawayer volunteers i've had the pleasure to host.
My grandfather always said 'measure twice, cut once' and I think he would have liked Martin alot. If building renovation or more
by Lisbeth [15/01/2013]:
I had an amazing time workawaying for Alex. Rachel and I spent July there and loved it so much we returned for October and November. Alex is an incredible host, introducing us to the community and always making things fun. The area is absolutely beautiful. There is always some thing new to explore, or Alex will happily keep you busy with one of more
Lisbeth & Rachel were just the funniest pair of girls to have around. With a multitude of regional accents between them I almost felt i'd traveled America from Queens to the deep South! The first time around we built rafts to sail down the river with my friends and went to many a summer woods party. I must have done something right as they came more
by Farrah [25/09/2012]:
Alex is a brilliant workaway host! He was welcoming, the place is beautiful and the work is fun- especially if you like cooking, gardening or books! His music taste is v. eclectic, you'll listen to everything.
He takes you to his friends houses for parties or meals, we went rock climbing a few times and markets etc. Had a great chance to explore more
Farrah is a lovely, bright and fearless workawayer. A dedicated blogger, she picked up cataloging books as naturally as she did climbing rocks! Good luck with the last year at Uni! come back any time and see the new place. Alex
by Daniel [25/07/2012]:
I had an absolutly brilliant experience with Alex, the people who I met have changed my outlook on life completly. This was my first time travelling and now have decided to take a gap year whilst I was here, comepletly opened my eyes and was a great experience. If you like a good conversation about interesting topics it's a brilliant place. Also more
Danny is a very talented and creative young man. He has an eye for detail, big projects and was always smiling. An asset to any host and a great laugh. Cheers Danny & good luck mate!
by Rae [01/07/2012]:
This was not only my first work away experience but it was also my first time travelling solo! I could not have picked a better place - a barn full of books and beautiful countryside.
Alex is a great host, particularly if you're a bit of a 'foodie' as all of the meals are healthy and creative. He also happily introduces you to his friends which more
by host [02/07/2012]:
Rae was just the perfect workaway! Early riser, clean and tidy, self motivated and lots of fun to hang out with. It was a pleasure hosting her and I would very happily do so again any time.
Thanks Rae and best of Luck with Uni and the PGCE! x
by Francesca [13/02/2012]:
Lovely place! Two of us just returned from this Workaway experience and we had a great time. Alex and Julie have a great balance between work and play and we never felt forced to do something or overburdened at all. Weekends were free time and we were shown around some of the local area and things like that. The farm and the land around it are more
You guys were just awesome. Fun, interesting, hard working and self motivated. I really felt I could trust you both to get on and do the tasks set and I had a great two weeks hosting you. I wish you all the luck back in Blighty!
by Jamie [21/11/2011]:
We only had a week to spend at Alex's but we had a great time. The work was mainly digging and pulling up his terrace. The forest is beautiful and there are loads of places to walk. There is a small but good climbing area very nearby which was a bonus! Also, if you like to read you will never get bored there!
Thanks Alex I'd love to come back more
Jamie & Jaclyn were perfect workawayers and lovely people. Organised, efficient, able to attempt all tasks and good company. They even had they're own campervan!!! I'm only sorry that they stayed such a short time. You're both welcome back any time!! Say hello to the rolling green hills of Devon for me...
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