Be part of our family's ancient mill restoration on a river island near Brantome, France

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello
    We are a young family with a 3 year old girl and just recently bought a 17th century watermill in France near Brantome.
    I am originally from Hungary but my wife is English and our daughter is bilingual. We are all learning French. I am a forester by trade but I have been running a building company in London for nearly 10 years. My wife is an art director and have been in the media for more than 12 years.
    Our new home is situated on over two hectares of land part of which is a wooded island surrounded by the river Cole. We are planning to build 4 completely eco friendly tree houses on the island and rent them out to guests as our main income in the future.
    We will be working on the main house to start with as it's not quite habitable. We will start by replacing the roof tiles and repair the roof structure. Simultaneously (depending on how many helping hands we get) we start preparing the soil in the vegetable garden, plant fruit trees, build fences, look after our small livestock (chicken, goat and pigs) renovate the garden, restore the stonework of our original 300 year old outdoor bread oven(!), build a bridge over the river, restore the water wheel etc. to mention some of the most important jobs. We can use part of the house for accommodation and also our vintage 1959 american airstream caravan. There is a fully functional bathroom in the house and central heating.
    Please let us know if you are interested in being part of this project and we will be happy to teach you English/Hungarian, carpentry work, stone masonry skills, interior design, gardening, eco systems, cooking, farming, restoration etc.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    English/Hungarian language, carpentry work, stone masonry skills, interior design, gardening, eco systems, cooking, farming, restoration, social skills, music, art

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    roofing, carpentry, preparing the soil in the vegetable garden, plant fruit trees, build fences, look after our small livestock (chicken, goat and pigs) renovate the garden, restore the stonework of our original 300 year old outdoor bread oven(!), build a bridge over the river, restore the water wheel

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Hungarian: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    house, caravan, tent. We have two guest rooms in the house but we can use all the house for ourselves as my wife and daughter will only move in once the roofing work is done.
    There will be lots of outdoor cooking we will supply all food and drink.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Brantome is beautiful with lots of things to do and we are flexible with work times. Lots of canoeing and rock climbing and outdoor activities!

  • 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

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week







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