Old farmhouse needs help with gardening, animals and maintenance in the heart of France, Allier



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    In the Auvergne (Allier, heart of France) in the middle of the French countryside you'll find our rustic farmhouse Brénazet (1850) near the village Vernusse. Situated on a small hill it offers a beautiful view over fields and forests. We are at the end of a small road, so no trafic. The Allier is a beautiful area to discover. From spring until automn we recieve guests on the small campsite and in our cottages. In summer we organise a lot of activity's for the guests: yoga, canoeing, ponyrides, pizza evening, vegetarian dinners etc. You be part of our family and share all the meals with us.

    We are a Dutch family: Ron, Mariken and two boys Nikola (1995), who is studying in India for Naturopathy and Igor, (1998) who did school for jewelry and is now working in the Netherlands and travelling. We have one dog: Elza ans 6 pony's (Welsh), an arab horse, 6 cats and chickens.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You 'll be part of our family and have all the meals with us. I am a good cook and I cook vegetarian or vegan. We appreciate also to to try your cooking! Mariken is a Yoga teacher and you can join Ron and Mariken every morning for half an hour Yoga at 8:30. After that we'll have a super healthy breakfast and start working. In July and August it is very busy and we cannot do the morning yoga. Weekly there is one or two (two in july and august) yoga classes. Mariken is a Vipassana meditator and so is Nikola. There are bikes for you and wifi is available. On Sundays you are always off and we will try to show you around if we have the time, we will take you hiking or visiting nice villages, markets and festivals. If you come in the summer we'll always try that you can go once on a canoe trip with Ron and the guests. If you would like to give us a helping hand and stay in a beautiful place in the middle of France, a small paradise where you'll find hospitality, health care, natural food, yoga and all sorts of exercise in the open air : you are very welcome!

  • Help


    In EARLY SPRING, March and April, Ron can use some help with construction and repairing work. In March we will tidy up our farm, make everything ready and clean for our guests coming and we will start the garden again, There is a permaculture garden but I am not an expert. In April we'll plant patatoes and lots of vegetables. If you are experienced with horses, you can help training, grooming and cleaning and riding. There is always wood to be cut and Ron goes often to the forest to cut some wood, you can join him if you like. You'll stay in a small wooden cabin on the edge of the campsite or in a vintage caravan.

    In SPRING (April/May June) we would like helping hands for construction and maintenance, gardening, cleaning, doing laundry, lots of weading, working with the poneys. Picking up poo in the field of the ponys, cleaning the hen house, repairing fences, painting jobs, in June erecting the tents and putting everything in place, helping with cooking and baking, mowing the gras. Always lots to do in the country side! You'll stay in a small wooden cabin on the edge of the campsite or in the caravan.

    In SUMMER (July, August) we recieve guests. We need help with cooking: cutting vegetables, washing salade, help make pizza, keeping our kitchen clean, watering the garden, weading and harvesting. We need help with the animals, picking horse poo, clean the hen house. In summer you'll stay in a small wooden cabin on the edge of the campsite.

    SUMMER/AUTOMN (September, October) Harvesting! Harvesting patatoes, peaches, black berries making jam and helping to bring the tents down, cleaning, general maintenance, animal care, picking poo, gardening and enjoying the last bits of a beautiful French summer! You'll stay in a small wooden cabin on the edge of the campsite or in the caravan.

    Because of the need to learn the routine we ask volunteers to stay with us for at least two weeks.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    english, dutch, french

  • Accommodation


    Helpers can stay in a vintage caravan or in one of the two small wooden cabins, the size of a bedroom, on the campsite. They are simpel and basic. There is a one person cabin and a cabin for two. You can use the bathroom and showers on the campsite.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Travel info:
    Buscompagny can bring you all the way to Moulins and from there you can take the local bus to Montmarault. If you come from the south (Toulouse or Lyon) take that bus to Clermont Ferrand or Montluçon and take a bla bla car to Montmarault or the train to Louroux de Bouble or Lapeyrousse (we can pick you up there).

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️From Paris: take the train to Montlucon (direct train from gare Paris Austerlitz at 12h28 arrival at 4 pm at Montluçon. You can also take the direct train to Moulins sur Allier, leaving every hour in the afternoon from Paris Bercy). More info about trains:
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ You can also take the train from Montluçon (direction Clermont Ferrand) go off at Louroux de Bouble or Lapeyrouse, that train leaves at 5.03 pm and arrives in Lapeyrouse at 5.30 pm, that is 12 km from us)

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ There is a bus from Montluçon in the directions of Moulins or Vichy, that is ligne A and B and go off at Montmarault. (bus is much cheaper than train, only 2 euros one way) Check the timetables here and take in account the school holidays!! Summer holidays: July and august) because time table will be different:

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ From Moulins there is no train going in our direction, you have just the bus to Montmarault (12h20, 14h15, 18h37)

    Tell us your arrival time and we will pick you up either from the busstop at Montmarault or railwaystations Lapeyrouse/ Louroux de Bouble. Or at the exit 11 from the A71.

    On Sundays there are less busses going, check this well!
    Please do not arrive on a Saturday in july and August because that is our most busy day of the week and we will not be able to pick you up.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 6 days a week

planting in spring
These cabins accommodate our helpers
Helping to put up the tents and cleaning them
Gardening in the vegetable garden with dog Elza
Relaxing and swimming on a Sunday afternoon
Fresh and natural food from the garden
Helping in the kitchen and seving guests
Helping Ron making furniture
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