Romantic Chateau in the Loire, France -help with horses. Ride if you want!

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  • Description

    Description

    We are an easy going Swedish couple living in our beloved romantic Chateau in the north Loire with two Golden Retrievers Babe and Lisa. We have three grown up kids who have left the nest and live in Sweden and the US.
    We own and run an outdoor hardgoods company . We manufacture and sell backpacks and paddle sports equipment, mainly kayaks, in more than 40 countries. The head office is in Sweden. We travel a lot and are away for a few days now and again. We are rarely away for more than one week at a time.

    We are reliable and relaxed. We love cooking, the outdoors and especially animals. Besides the two golden's, Babe and Lisa, there is Mozart the cat and a bunch of horses on the property. There are 15 hectars of gardens, parkland, woods and grazing land. The 19 century chateau with 4 towers with views over the surrounding hills, is about 2 km from two lovely little villages where you can hang out with the locals in the picturesque village bar.
    If you like horseback riding (and if your a good rider), this is your chance. You can ride as much as you want. We have 10 horses that beg to be ridden. You can ride our jumpers in the manege or take them for a hack. Or our three Argentinain criollos for some fun in the woods. We also have a fun Spanish horse and some younger half bloods that are ready for new adventures.
    You need to be comfortable around horses. You need to be able to walk a horse from the field to the stable. Besides riding there is lots of other fun stuff to do here.

    There is a car for our workawayers to use as you want. You can drive of on short and long excursions. If you want to go away for a couple of days, the car is yours!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Other
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Help

    Help

    We require couple as it is a remote location , as we do travel we feel its a safety issue not to be alone while holding the fort. Also, it can get lonely by yourself. We prefer if you can stay at least 1 month, possibly more.

    We don't run a business here. You need to have experience with horses. You need to be able to walk a horse from the field to the stable, care for a horse and be very comfortable around them.

    One task is to help out with the horses. Especially when we travel you need to check on them, feed them and sometimes, when the weather is bad, put some of them in the stables for the night. They mainly stay outdoors through. There is also gardening and yard work. Cutting grass, tending to bushes and trees, flower beds, moving some scrap and wood around. We also need help with fences that might need your attention. And when we travel, the dogs need your love and supervision.
    If you are handy, or even better, have building skills there are lots of things to fix. Like doors, windows etc etc. If so that takes priority. Its great to get help repairing the buildings, machines and so on.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The area is rural France at its best and there is a little car at your disposal. Get to know local produce, pick up some French and local culture. The area is absolutely stunning country land with rolling hills, beautiful forests and the gentle Mayenne river flowing nearby. While there are very few tourists around, there are many things to see and explore. And if you like wine, this is the place to get to know the local little known and extremely affordable magnificent Saumur and Anjou wines. This is genuine France with all the trimmings but without the hype.
    Paris is just over an hour away by train and the lovely town of Laval with everything you need, only 15 km away.
    If you like riding and are good rider you will have a great time. You can ride our horses as much as you want.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German, Swedish. French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    There is your very own, secluded very comfortable, newly renovated farmhouse on the other side of the property waiting for you! Full privacy and comfort.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The area is absolutely stunning country land with rolling hills, beautiful forests and the gentle Mayenne river flowing nearby. While there are very few tourists around, there are many things to see and explore. And if you like wine, this is the place to get to know the local little known and extremely affordable magnificent Saumur and Anjou wines. This is genuine France with all the trimmings but without the hype.
    Paris is just over an hour away by train and the lovely town of Laval with everything you need, only 15 km away.
    We have a beautiful swimming pool, riding manege, bikes and kayaks for recreation.
    If you like horseback riding (and if your a good rider), this is your chance. You can ride as much as you want. We have 10 horses that beg to be ridden. You can ride our jumpers in the manege or take them for a hack. Or our Argentinain creolos for some fun in the woods. We also have a fun Spanish horse and some younger half bloods that are ready for new adventures.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    4 hours a day, 5 days a week

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