Join our team restoring a wonderful chateau in Mauzens-Miremont, France

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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.
  2019 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    RIGHT NOW!
    Coming into our last week here and have some critical gardening and other work to be done between now and June 21st. We would be very grateful for some help. Thanks!

    Hi,
    My name is Steve,
    We are working on an 16th century chateau/castle in the countryside of the Perigord Noir, part of the Dordogne region.
    My background is actually rooted in the fine arts. My work eventually evolved to the preservation of period houses and other architecture. Among other things, I'm very interested in traditional building methods and skills of all kinds. Those are some of the areas of my passion and expertise.

    We are having an intensely good time working our way through the challenges of this project. There are usually between three and eight of us outside of an occasional artisan. There seems to be a lot to learn, and learn from, even for the very experienced. That goes for me as well.

    The work is interesting and varied. If you join us we suggest some work cloths and the ability to work independently. We are always ready to help, and pass along or teach skills.

    Cooking is a shared effort. if someone decides to lead then we help. We will happily provide three hearty meals a day. Those with special needs diets must attend to that and we will be happy to help. At the foot of the hill below the Chateau sits a wonderful vegetable farm. We walk down and get vegetables as they are picked. In addition there are street markets in every nearby village once a week.

    While you are here we would be happy to bring you to some of the incredible castles, rivers for kayaking, or whatever your interest during your off time. For instance - Castle Beynac - the strong-hold of Richard the lion-heart. This is the Perigord Noir where most of the important sites in South Western France are clustered. The chateau is 10 minutes from Les Ezyies, home of the new National Museum of Pre-History. The cave paintings of Lascaux, remains of the Cro Magnon Man and so many other remarkable things. Most significant sites are within 30 minutes.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Other
    Help in the house
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    It is with great pleasure that we take workawayers from all over the world. It is our experience that after the successes, new skills, and other parts of the Chateau experience have passed, it is the memory of bonding with new friends in such a diverse and disparate group that remains.

  • Help

    Help

    The current projects include: Social Media and Marketing, laying large limestone pavers over a slab, Landscaping, planting grass, cabinet work, furniture restoration, restoration of dry stone walls, masonry, and general assistance.

    In addition there are always new things that come up and projects that turn out to be bigger than we thought. Teaching and learning skills is one of our priorities and most enjoyed parts of our experience. Curiosity and a desire to satisfy it is a great way to get the most out of your time here.

    Critical to our experience and success is a good sense of humor! We are here to get stuff done, learn something, and have a good time! If you have music you like bring it! If you have an instrument to play bring it!

    We prefer a minimum of a 2 week stay.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The chateau is in fine condition, clean and very comfortable. There are clean beds for everyone. If you wish to camp there is place for that as well.

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day 5 days a week

Dinner almost ready at the height of the kitchen demolition!
A glass of wine
Restoration of chateau walls
Lunch on the patio
Pruning and trimming heading out
Workaways burning brush on the hillside below the chateau
A new support beam in the kitchen before the wall below is demolished
Refinishing the dining room table
The dining room
Revamping the bed hangings in the master bedroom
Heading for ice cream!
The living room
laying stone pavers over nasty 1970s tile







































































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