We are a couple who have swapped the office for the outdoors and are renovating an old stone farmhouse in the beautiful and spectacular mountains of the Cevennes region in the south of France. Our land is in a secluded valley just 5 minutes walk from a small village and 5 minutes drive from a medium sized town which has all the typical Southern French characteristics as well as lots of local idiosyncrasies. This year we have moved in to part of the house while we continue the renovation and cultivate the garden.
There is always a variety of jobs to be done in the garden , the orchards and the surrounding countryside as the seasons change; picking fruits and nuts: plums, cherries, blackberries, wild strawberries, elderberries, mushrooms, chestnuts, walnuts, grapes and apples. The valley is terraced with walls needing repair or rebuilding and the farmhouse had been empty for several decades so there was everything to do. We have put on a new roof, new floors and windows and have a woodstove and a shed full of wood to burn. Lots done but still more to do.
English and French
We have a camping area for visitors on a terrace below the house with several tents each with a foam mattress and bed linen. There is also a caravan and a few bare rooms in the house. We have mains water and electricity and a solar heated shower. Shade for visitors' siestas and picnics with chairs and tables is on a wisteria covered terrace. We eat in the shade or under the stars at night right next to the kitchen where we cook a la Francaise what we grow in our own garden and choose from the local seasonal produce.
In 2016 we will need help from May onwards. If you have experience of gardening or building we would welcome your skills, if not we are happy to teach what we know and value your enthusiasm. We are here for the adventure and love to share it with our family, friends and visitors. Let us know if you would like to hear from previous holiday workers.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
About 25 hours per week but that is flexible and depends on the person's interests and what is happening at the time!