Help us to bring an old stone hamlet near Le Cheylard back to life in the department Ardèche, France



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    THANKS !!

    We are a group of four :Djé,manon, Estelle and benjamin aged between 26 and 31, and we have been starting the project three years ago.(until may there is only dgé and manon living on the land .
    We bought a land composed of a very old traditional hamlet, and several hectares of land around it. The houses of the village are mainly ruins, so they will need to be renovated.
    The place is situated near Le Cheylard in the department called Ardèche, which is well known to be a very wild and beautiful part of France. Our land is located in a little valley surrounded by mountains. So we have a small creek flowing through the bottom of our land with nice and clear water, there are many place where you can swim between the rocks. We also have a hiking track passing right through the land.
    The village we bought is very small, there are seven little houses, and six of them need a lot of work ! It was originaly built by a protestant community around 500 years ago. It is entirely build out of rocks, and there are also quite interesting things like a huge chimney, an old wood oven and a lot more...
    Wee have been puting two tunels and two aoutside gardens (400 square meters) for the fruts and vegies.
    Wee bought a big mobil saw to cut the wood for constructions .benjamin get four hives with two kind of bees.
    Wee also have some animals (goats,cheeps,chickens..) that wee have to create parks to moove them to clean the land.
    Wee are cleaning a part of the land to built a big shed for the project of manon how wants to have 50 goats and make cheese..
    And many friends of us are visiting us all sumer .
    Wee sometimes make bred or pizzas with the wood hoven.
    After talking about the project, we will make a small presentation about ourselves.
    Benjamin is a landscaper and his project in the next years will be to build original and natural guest houses on the land.he makes also honey we bees.
    Estelle is really used to work with horses, even if for the moment we don't have any. She wan't to learn more about sewing and working with leather.
    Manon is goat cheese maker.
    Djé is a carpenter and he would like to build up a big workshop where we will be able to do not only carpentry, but also make and fix everything what concerns wood, stone, iron work, mechanic...
    Wee are not vegetarian but respect it..

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Art Projects

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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
  • Help


    To be able to complete this project a bit more efficiently and funnier, we would like some help ! We are expecting 4 hours of help, 5 days a week in exchange of food and accomodation. We would be happy to host you from now on, maybe around two or three persons at the time would be great. We are not looking for any special type of skills, only for happy and motivated people ! The most important is your ability to work independently !
    The help will be consisting in :
    Making this place a nice place to live, which includes some cleaning, landscaping, renovating paths...
    Trying to become a bit more self-sufficient, so that means taking care of our veggie garden and giving love to our sheeps, chickens, ducks ! There is a lot to do about farming !
    And of course there will be a big building part, the whole village needs renovation. So we will do and teach you (or maybe you will teach us?) several things like stone building, wood working...

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have two caravans, with two double-beds. Each one has got a stove and things for cooking. You will be independent for your breakfast and dinner (of course you will have everything you need !). Lunch will be prepared and eaten all together !but we generaly eat togeser exept sometimes we want to stay quiet .
    We are eating everything but we can do vegetarian dishes if necessary...

    We don't have anything against smokers.
    For the showers, in summer, we mainly use the river, but if it's cold or rainy we can also take a hot shower in the bathroom . we want to keep our river clean, we would be happy if you could bring some organic soaps with you !

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Of course, in the free times, we can do hiking, visit the villages around, go swim, make some nice evening next to the fire, do some barbecues.... Or whatever you want !
    We hope to see you soon !
    And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to write us !

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4 heures par jour max, 5 j/sem.

Host ref number: 142228265931