Live and learn with us in a château in Limousin, France



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    Enjoy your stay in a beautiful, traditionally restored 16th century French château in the heart of the Limousin department while helping out on 90 hectares of farmland (maintenance of grounds, landscaping, breeding cows, housework). Come to lend us a hand and engage in cultural exchange. We prefer young, single volunteers who stay for at least a month, as we believe this is the minimum time period to learn French.

    We are Philippe and Bénédicte de la Selle, a married couple in our late 50s/early 60s with four adult daughters (and many grandchildren!) who live around Limousin and France. Philippe is from Orleans and Bénédicte is Parisian; the chateau has been in Philippe's family for generations. We both work full-time in the château running a Bed&Breakfast, renting various vacation properties (to tourists, locals, and university students), and maintaining our 90 hectares of farmland. We are also active in the lives of our children and grandchildren who often come visit.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The Château is less than five kilometers from the historic center of Limoges (Medieval and Renaissance architecture) and local universities. In your time off work, you can meet local students, spend time in nature, or visit historic and cultural sites. Please do not hesitate to contact us as there is always a lot of work to be done. We can host a maximum of four single workawayers.

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    There is always work to be done around the 90 hectares of farmland. Jobs may include landscaping, gardening, weeding, leaf removal, painting doors and windows, feeding and looking after animals, planting and harvesting crops, and general cleaning and beautifying of the grounds. You may be asked to set the table or clean up after meals. As we run a chambre d'hôtes/guesthouse, we may need your help with a few projects ongoing. Your help will likely vary from day to day and we can find tasks to fit your natural talents.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    French, English

  • Accommodation


    Beautiful, spacious bedroom with traditional French decor and bathroom inside the château. The volunteer quarters are on the third floor of the castle and have a nice view of the surrounding countryside. You will share three meals a day with Philippe and Bénédicte in the kitchen and if we are out during mealtimes you can cook for yourselves.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    University at 3 km
    Historic Center (Medieval/Renaissance) of Limoges nearby
    Swimming Pools on the Castle Grounds
    Hunting and Fishing Opportunities
    Tennis Club nearby
    Bicycling, Hiking, Jogging

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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

    4-5 hours a day, weekends off

View of the Chateau from the surrounding grasslands of the 90 hectare property.
Aerial view of the Chateau
Chateau in the winter time--volunteer living quarters are the third floor windows--a spectacular view!
Roses and other flowers we need your help to maintain!
My wife Benedicte and me in the middle with our four adult daughters.
My hunting dog Gin who you may feed in the morning or evening.

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