We are a family of 4 living in South-Central France in an old farmhouse (18th-19th century) that we are restoring. It is basically situated in the middle of oak-chestnut forest with some flower-rich calcareous grasslands, a few km from a small village (500 inhabitants) and 20 km from a midsized picturesque town (30000 inh.). For the past 25 years we were living in Africa working in ecological research. Post the COVID confinement the rest of the family went back to Africa for work and school, so me, the dad am on my own now.
DIY and building projects
I am fluent in English and french and have a decent mastery of a number of other languages and a million stories to tell on decades of ecological experience in developing countries (mainly in Africa) and a good mastery of the local biodiversity.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
There is lots to do in, on and around the house but priorities would be to prepare it for interventions by qualified artisans (moving the firewood, furniture, books, clothes, etc. into storage) while doing as much as possible ourselves, all with eco-responsible materials such as lime, hemp, mortar, natural calcareous stone (loads of those on the property – for example to build the walls of the gate), wood, etc.
A 6m diameter comfortable well-isolated yurt at the edge of the forest 40 m from the main house that can be heated. Dry toilets just close. Bathroom in the main house.
There isn't much public transport here but many interesting painted caves, chateaux and beauty spots can be reached e.g. by bike (radius of 30 km)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Loads of space but very little of it is flat so you will need to level
More than two
4/5 heures par jour max, 5 j/sem.