We are a retired couple with grown up children. Originally from the UK we have lived in France for five years. Prior to this we were in Spain for more than 10 years.
We need reliable help to develop and maintain our 2ha gardens and woodland. We also want to create an organic vegetable plot and to restore what was once a beautiful garden around the property. We also need to repair the bridge that spans our river and perhaps also build a new one. So we are looking for keen gardeners who know what they're doing.
Ideally we would like to find a couple who want to try living in France, who are perhaps thinking of relocating permanently but want to test the lifestyle etc first. Our house is rambling and lends itself to creating "Chambres d'hotes" and we're in the process of reorganising things so that we might offer a unique style of B&B. But if we do it we will need some help, particularly with with the gardens and general maintenance of the house. We are flexible and are happy to discuss ideas...
We can offer a self-catering, independent self-contained ground floor 2-bedroom apartment to volunteers who might want to help us whilst sharing our lovely environment and getting some experience of France. All mains services including internet are connected. The apartment would be rent-free in return for a flexible but regular work commitment.
Our ideal volunteers will ideally be a couple (or two friends) who enjoy rural surroundings and love animals and wildlife. We often have to travel so want to find people who will reliably and lovingly take care of the animals when we are away. We have a golden retriever and a very timid cat. We live in a rural area with a small village nearby (2kms) where there's a bar and a bakery etc. There's a bigger village 5kms away where you'll find banks, doctors, supermarket, chemist, etc. The main town of Bressuire is about 15 kms away. We do have to travel from time to time but are rarely away for more than one week or so.
Non-smokers please as I am allergic to cigarette smoke. Looking forward to hearing from you....
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
We live in a lovely, rural, friendly community where local people are warm and welcoming. We're happy to help with introductions to the French system if needed and to share information etc.
Our priority is finding someone to care for our animals when we need to go away from home for a few days (we're not usually away longer than 7-10 days in any one period). We also need help with gardening, domestic help in the house (cleaning), decorating, small repairs, general maintenance. We also need help to "tame" our garden and to create an eco-vegetable garden. Specific projects or general help appreciated.
We would welcome individuals, a couple or friends sharing the apartment. The placement could ideally suit a couple who are thinking of moving permanently to France who perhaps want to try out beforehand.
English, French, Spanish
self contained, renovated and comfortable 2-bedroom apartment on the garden level of the house, own open-plan living room / kitchen, new bathroom (shower), 2 double bedrooms. Overlooking the river.
Must be happy to look after the house and to give 100% care to our animals when we are away. Own transport advisable as public transport is not easy. Bicycles available. We have very helpful neighbours for shared shopping trips etc. Driving license useful.
Volunteers can enjoy rural pursuits, outdoor activities such as cycling, walking, fishing etc. This is "Real France" where the locals are very friendly, the pace of life is slow, the air is ultra-clean and the main industry is agriculture. We are about 1.5 hours from La Rochelle, 1.2 hours south of Nantes and 1.2 hours west of Poitiers (approx).
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
25 hours per week per person