We; Nik 52yrs (English/German) and Donna (New Zealander) have bought a run-down farmhouse and outbuildings on 1/2 acre in Northern France.
Nik is a potter by trade and also an experienced builder and we are attempting to renovate the property to a very high standard - so the process is slow. We have completed our guest accommodation (B&B and small holiday cottage) and we offer these spaces to our workawayers when they are not booked by clients. We have a fab kitchen/dining space and now we need to tackle the rest of the house...
At the same time, our adult daughter, not put off after living half her life on a work site... has recently bought a loft space in an old Industrial brick building in Tourcoing (near Lille) so now we split half our week in the city helping her and half in the countryside finishing our place.
We have been Workaway hosts for 5+ years and really enjoy meeting a huge variety of people - we learn as much from our guests as they do from us :)
Our workaway needs have changed this year... we are looking for someone flexible who is equally happy to divide their week between our 2 projects... Alternatively we could host a couple or someone who doesn't mind a few days solitude who could stay in the countryside all week and look after the garden and animals.
In the country, we have an extensive garden and we keep chickens. And we have 2 cats and 2 Jack Russells. We eat well from the garden and orchard, and love to process our own produce when we have the time (time being the key word!). This part of France is charming and unspoiled - but local transport is not easy and it is not a usual holiday destination.
In the city, Tourcoing is an old Industrial area with a nice town centre and is also 30 minutes from Lille by either train, tram or metro.
Our life is a combination of self-sufficiency, good living and utter chaos! If you want to experience a different culture and maybe learn some new skills, we would benefit greatly from your help and enthusiasm!
Help in the house
Depending on the state of our project, you could help with building (timber framing, concreting, drywall) or limewash, painting and decorating. There is always help needed in the garden (weeding and planting) and in late summer, processing the produce (sauces, jams, pickles etc). Most of the tasks are physical, often dirty - but hopefully always rewarding. We don't ask you to do any physical tasks that we wouldn't undertake ourselves.
We try to make your role varied and sociable (working with one of us or another workawayer if possible). We eat together for lunch and dinner and we like to socialise with our guests most evenings - that said, you are also very welcome to do your own thing.
English, French, German
You will have your own private double bedroom and bathroom in the country, and a single room with shared bathroom in the city.
In all cases, do please get in touch because the situation can quickly change.
No previous skill required, just a willingness to muck in and learn on the job.
We are 1-1.5 hours from Calais & Boulogne and we would make an ideal first stop if you are planning to explore more of France.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours a day, 5 days a week - or equivalent there-of.