Experience living in a 19th-century chateau in Poitou Charentes, South West France

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a couple in our 50's, who have been living in France for two years in a chateau which had been uninhabited for 40 years. Situated in the South West of France, surrounded by beautiful countryside but only 10 minutes drive from the lovely ancient town of Saintes and 30 mins from the coast . The chateau, grounds and numerous outbuildings all need some attention and so we encourage people to take on tasks which they enjoy. The area is very peaceful and a real rural retreat.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Elderly Companionship
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The experience of living in a French chateau in the beautiful French countryside. The opportunity to assist in all different types of tasks . We are not remote and so there are lots of interesting places to visit close by including Saintes with its Roman ampitheatre and history. If you want to learn French we have plenty of French friends and this area has relatively few English speaking residents. There will be opportunities to get involved in French life in the local community.

  • Help

    Help

    There is much to do in the grounds of the chateau from general cutting and clearing, simple fences to landscaping. There are numerous old stone buildings within the grounds that are in various states of disrepair which need a bit of attention. We are renovating our home so any building experience is useful but not necessary and we would just love some help. Inside the chateau there are lovely rooms with original decor and features that are waiting to be brought back to life by people that have the skills to do so.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner

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    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
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  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A large room in the chateau with fridge, kettle and TV and shared bathroom facilities. Good fresh food, eaten together in the large kitchen or al fresco. Not forgetting to mention plenty of free range eggs from our own hens and ducks.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The chateau is situated close to walking trails which pass through farmland and woodlands inhabited by wild deer and boar. We are close to the River Charente where you can kayak, hire boats or swim, which is very popular in the summer. There is an equestrian centre close by and a lovely golf course a short distance away. There are lots of markets to visit in the historic Roman town of Saintes. A lazy day can be spent on the beautiful beach at Royan or for something a bit more energetic a visit to the theme park or explore Crazannes with its stone sculptures and guided tours.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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Host ref number: 182319347514