We are a well-travelled, anglo/french retired couple (young in spirit and very active) living in an old farmhouse in a rural area just south of Brittany and 10kms from the coast and the river Loire. Our project, which is already well underway, is the renovation of the former commandery of the order of the Maltese Knights and its outhouses, re-establishing a good sized herbs and vegetable garden and knocking the paddocks, the fencing and gardens back into shape.
We also have an old farm building which has been renovated to create a holiday rental or 'gîte' for small groups with a reception area downstairs.
We have a young dog Witts and we often have the sheep from the farm next door to help keep the grass under control in the spring. We have 3 children who are grown and living and working overseas but who come home from time to time. We do enjoy helping our workaway helpers to improve their language skills (either in French or in English) and give them the opportunity to discover the beauties of the Pays de Retz and South Brittany, from Nantes to Guérande and La Baule to Pornic.
We are flexible with working times to enable our workawayers to enjoy longer week-ends to discover our region. We have bikes that you can borrow to explore during your time off. Meals are taken together and we encourage our helpers to participate in the cooking.
NOTE - March 2019 As Max has recently suffered from a stroke, we would also welcome a helper with experience with a person with reduced mobility. This is not a necessity but could be a plus point for us. He should be coming home around the end of April.
Betreuung von Tieren
We are supposed to be good and patient teachers of both english and french according to previous helpers. Plenty to learn about rural france, conserving fruits and natural gardening techniques.
Ideally we would like a couple for a period fof 2 to 3 weeks depending on how it works out for both parties. On the agenda at the moment we are building two new garages this year with a new chicken run, furniture to renovate on rainy days. When the weather is fine there is gardening, weeding, chopping wood and help with fencing. A hand with the cooking from time to time is much appreciated.
We are located close to some lovely beaches and only a 30 minute drive to cross the Loire and find yourself in South Brittany. Nantes is 50 kms to the east.
French/English, little italian
We provide a large room in the main house which is insulated and heated. Shared bathroom and toilet. All meals and drinks (sensibly consumed!) are provided.
We can come and pick us volunteers at Nantes airport or at Nantes railway station which is about 45 minutes drive from home. When possible, we try to encourage the use the bus services to nearby villages from Nantes and we pick you up from there. We could also envisage the loan of a car from time to time to allow the volunteers to visit the surrounding area.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
25 hours maximum