Join us to create a space for creativity and community in a special part of the Normandy countryside, France

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    An amazing colombage (timbered) house and an outbuilding with five bedrooms and rooms for running retreats, a vast barn, a stream, a plunge pool, fresh spring water and a constant show of wildlife. The estate nestles in a hectare of land in a small valley in the ancient and beautiful landscape of the Pays d’Auge in Lower Normandy, France. An hour from the channel coast and ports, two hours from Paris by train and car.

    We are right by an espace naturel, the Coteaux Champ-Genets, known as one of the most important protected natural areas in Normandy, with 15 kinds of orchid, gentian, plus horses sheep and goats.

    I am Finnish former garment technologist and my English husband is a professional trainer who goes to the UK regularly for work. We took up residency here just before Christmas 2016 and we are very excited about the possibilities of this place which is located in a small commune with just 100 inhabitants. We have recently been joined by two outdoor cats and got married here in August 2017.

    There is space for 21 people, whether on holiday or on one of the diverse courses that are planned to begin in April 2019– from arts and nature to wellbeing and personal development. Courses may include writing, painting, music, dance, ecology, wildllife, flora/fauna, dark sky watching and many other areas.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house

  • Help


    We need help keeping the place nice for guests and preparing for next season - doing the changeovers, maintaining the kitchen garden and starting some new projects. We are looking for people who enjoy the quiet countryside and are willing to do what needs to be done.

    We have connected to mains water in March and are now open to the public. In July, August and September we will receive guests and the bigger repairs will continue at the end of the season in October.

    Minimum two weeks, maximum 6 months.

    Projects for the third and fourth quarters of 2018 include:

    - Vegetable garden, various actions to ensure a good crop
    - Helping out in the kitchen when dinner is served for guests
    - Repairing cement steps and terrace
    - Daily up keep of the house
    - Helping to clear site of scrub and small trees
    - Changeovers of guestrooms
    - Restoring two bikes for use
    - Clearing and restoring stone step area around an old plunge pool
    - Restore the little cabin over the stream, including replacing wooden floor and repainting
    - Clean and prepare a caravan for use

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Between the two of us we speak English, Finnish and some Swedish, German and French - if you want to practice any of these we are happy to help! We offer a place for quiet refection in a peaceful setting.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Finnish, intermediate Swedish, beginners French and German.

  • Accommodation


    In the winter travelers would stay in the main house and in the summer the guest accommodation is also available. There are bed-spaces for three-four people on work-away, including a double bed space for a couple. We share the same kitchen and living room in the main house. Food provided will be a blend of vegetarian, French, British and Finnish cuisine. There are new beds in the workaway bedrooms. The main house has WiFi and the whole property is connected to mains water.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The small towns of Vimoutiers and Gace are 10 minutes by car, approx. 30 minutes by bike. There are bikes available for use (and an amazing countryside to explore) and there are regular trips to the boulangerie, charcuterie and markets. We are two hours from Paris, by train (Lisieux or l'Aigle stations) and car; two hours from Dieppe and one hour from Deauville and Caen, both of which have low cost flights in the season (April - October).

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    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

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

My Photo Album

Cabin over the stream, in need of renovation!
Small gite being upgraded.
Libertine le petite agneau with fab workaway Loo.
The plunge pool
The view down the valley..
Spring begins down by the lower stream.

Host ref number: 957475551612