Some help needed in our Renaissance style Castle situated between Tours and Poitiers

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France

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  2019 

 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello there!
    We live in a beautiful post Renaissance style Castle in a remarkably good condition, situated
    between Tours and Poitiers, a region famed for its history and beauty.
    The Chateau operates as a family home. The grounds consist of a small woodland area, this has paths
    for nature walks and abundant wildlife, a swimming pool (not heated,) barns welcoming weddings and receptions, a greenhouse, ample lawn areas, a 2 bedrooms farmhouse with its own garden available for an english speaking family of house-sitters and a 1 bedroom gate cottage also available for a couple of english speaking house-sitters.The property is located in an idyllic location in France, and is only 700 meters away from the nearest village with bakery, bar, post-office and an itinerant service of : butcher, fish merchant, pizza maker and grocery (each of them twice a week).
    The village includes a Catholic church with service once a month.
    The nearest city is less than 5km away, and features a mainline high-speed train connection (TGV).
    We are only 1 hour and 25 minutes from Paris by train.
    We are also near all the castles of the Loire Valley as well as many attractions locally (Futuroscope Park, golf, trekking, riding horses, bicycling tracks, hot-air balloon, lake sailing, etc...).

    We welcome weddings in our renovated XVIIth century barnes since a few years and really enjoy that activity.

    We are a family of 4 (2 kids 16 and 13) and everybody speaks french and english fluently. I do speak spanish as well but the kids and my husband are not fluent in that language though.
    We have a very friendly dog called Havane. She is 7 yo.

    Winter is dedicated to big works in progress inside the castle (making 4 new bathrooms and 1 new bedroom) so Spring will be dedicated to wiping away any vestige of that work in order to be able to live inside the castle again normally !

    The house is big so if you are a house-proud person and you like cleaning, making beds and helping around we are waiting for you with gratitude !

    4 times in the Summer, we are welcoming the wedding guests for sleeping inside the castle as those brides & grooms are foreigners or just coming from far away.

    Not available between december 2018 and Feb 2019 as living in the mess and dust is not the funny part to share !

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Cooking / shopping
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have anglo-saxon house-sitters (usually Australian) helping us with the vege-patch, the orchard, the lawns and general maintenance and we invite them at our table at least once a week so there is a lot of cultural exchanges.
    Languages spoken on the property are french and english. We are happy to add spanish if necessary.

  • Help

    Help

    Spring will be dedicated to prepare the castle for hosting wedding guest from may to october. We will need help for that as the lady helping us normally is pregnant and we don't want her to take any risk with the baby coming.

    Winter is dedicated to big works in progress inside the castle (making 4 new bathrooms and 1 new bedroom) so we have to wipe away any vestige of that work before the wedding season starts.

    So if you are a house-proud person and you like cleaning, making beds and helping around we are waiting for you with gratitude !

    Please note that we give preference to someone who can stay at least 1 month with us, preferably 2 or 3.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French & Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A bedroom inside the castle or on the property, including (or not) meals, available from mid March 2019 up to November 2019.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are a lot of things to visit around (Loire Valley castles for exemple, Futuroscope, etc...).
    We need help 5 hours a day and give free access to the swimming pool when there are no paying guests.
    You are welcome to a little car which is to be shared with another couple if you have a clean driver's licence.
    If you do not drive cars, there are buses going into main town and of course bikes to borrow !

  • A little more information

    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

    5 heures par jour max



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