Volunteer with us in a rural area South of Brittany, France

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  • Last activity: 12 Jul 2024



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    The projet started in 2013 when my husband Max and I bought this lovely historic farmhouse with a hectare of land and many outbuildings. The property is snuggled just south of the Loire estuary, a stones throw from Brittany and numerous beaches. The house and buildings were all in a state of neglect. With the help of many wonderful friends, family and helpers from all over the world, the main renovation project has been pretty much completed. The garden has been transformed including the plantation of many beautiful trees, a stunning hedge, an orchard and a large organic vegetable garden planted using permaculture techniques. I run two holiday rentals on the property too.

    Sadly, Max passed away in August 2021. Hard to contemplate leaving such a magic place after all the effort we made together. Especially in view of the fantastic ambiance with the neighbours in the hamlet. A lot of cooperation, support and a lot of fun. I have had lots of help but the garden is big and I will need help over the summer months to harvest and transform the wonderful veggies, to water and to maintain the garden. There could be some small maintenance work too.

    I have a dog Witts and a young cat. Our 3 adult 'children' have flown the nest. I enjoy helping our workaway helpers to improve their language skills (either in French or in English) and give them the opportunity to discover the beauties of the Pays de Retz and South Brittany, from Nantes to Guérande and La Baule to Pornic.

    Working times are flexible to enable our helpers to enjoy longer week-ends to discover our region. Ihave bikes that you can borrow to explore during your time off. We take meals together and like to share the cooking experiences and test traditional dishes from different countries. A private bedroom and a shared bathroom is reserved for you in the main house.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I have been described as a good and patient teacher of both english and french by our previous helpers. Plenty to learn here about rural france, conserving fruits and natural gardening techniques. The summer months offer plenty of activity on the coast, concerts, street arts, sporting activities.

  • Help


    A couple is great as you can discover the area together in your free time. I generally ask for a minimumof 2 weeks to start with. It takes a while to learn the ropes. This often morphs into a longer stay if both parties are happy. On the agenda at the moment : harvesting, transformation of the harvest so a love of cooking is a definite plus, watering, weeding, mowing. Could be some painting and maintenance work. A hand with the cooking is much appreciated.

    We are located close to some lovely beaches and only a 30 minute drive to cross the Loire and find yourself in South Brittany. Nantes is 50 kms to the east. The cycle to the coast is about 15kms.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    Lots of experience and patience in teaching and helping beginners to learn.

  • Accommodation


    We provide a large room in the main house which is insulated and heated. Shared bathroom and toilet. All meals and drinks (within reason!) are provided.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Helpers usually come via Nantes airport or Nantes railway station which is about 45 minutes drive from home. When possible, we try to encourage the use the bus services to nearby villages from Nantes and we pick you up from there. It may be possible to organise the loan of a car occasionally to allow the volunteers to visit the surrounding area. Plenty of bikes, not electric though!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Our internet connection is constant but can be unreliable. I wouldn't recommend it for someone looking to do online meetings.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    The property is large and I have already accommodated helpers with a campervan.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    25 hours maximum

Host ref number: 118135342545

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