I own a large old Charentaise Farmhouse in the little village of St Leger (between Saintes and Pons) in the Charente Maritime department. I am currently renovating the house in order to retire and run it as a Bed & Breakfast. I have a four year plan to get the place up and running and converted to how I eventually see it in the future. I am single and have a 21 year old son and a 31 year old daughter who live in the UK. I originally come from the Isle of Wight (in the UK) and my mother, brother and sister (and families) still live there. I am an ex military man having served in the British army for six years and then a further ten years in the French Foreign Legion. I currently work as a security consultant in the oil and gas industry and at the moment spend equal time at home in France and away in Africa (Chad) working.
I live in a wine growing region which is not too far away from Cognac so if either of these industries interest you then this is the place to visit. I am 35 minutes away from some lovely beaches and the lovely Charente Maritime port of La Rochelle is "just up the road".. Bordeaux is equidistance (an hours drive to the south of me) from my house. There are numerous Roman ruins (including the Amphitheatre in Saintes) in the area and there are loads of art schools/galleries all around. I am a fluent French speaker and am more than happy to translate and help you better your French.
I need to get the whole of the outside of the house repainted and I have various other projects planned which include a new drive to lay, new paving, new decking around the pool, new lighting in one of the barns, new electrical sockets, new window/door shutters to make and paint etc etc.
English and French
I have five double bedrooms (two en-suite with newly installed bathrooms) and am currently renovating a small cottage in my garden which will eventually become self contained with it's own bathroom and kitchen.
I have pedal bikes at the house and cycle racks for your car if you are travelling with your own transport. The Charente river is not too far away and there are also fishing lakes in the area. The house has a new inflatable pool and spa.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week