Help us bring our place back to life and create a wildlife haven in the heart of the Loire Valley, Le Mans, France

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  • Last activity: 8 Apr 2024



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  • Description


    Hi, my husband and i took the decision to move into my parents home in France after they died. The house was empty for two years and in that time has degraded and nature has claimed a lot of the 9 acres of garden back and we are struggling to bring it back to life again. Its in the heart of the Loire valley with the most beautiful view. We are both keen to be sustainable and create a haven for all wildlife and ourselves along side. There is a lot history to our house but also to our caves which were inhabited by troglodites and now host many rare species of bats.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Its a beautiful environment in rural France,and there is much history to be learnt about the Loire valley. We are learning French and would love to have French speakers to teach us more, but also would love to teach English too. we are on a journey of discovery and would love to share that with our visitors and are open to ideas for any of our projects. We will always work along side our visitors and aim to complete everything ourselves.

  • Help


    Our dream is to create a wildlife haven and a beautiful landscape for us and our family and friends to enjoy . Our first major project is building a natural swimming pool using natural materials, solar power, oxygen and plants to filter and heat it. We have dug the hole and created the shape but now it needs to be landscaped, drainage and oxygen pipes laid, water reservoirs installed, then it needs to be insulated and lined before we begin planting, The area around the pool needs to be landscaped creating flowerbeds and then planting. Steps need to built to the pool, a large deck area created and fencing around the area for security. We are open to ideas so any designers out there we would love to know what you think. Many skills can be learned, from landscaping to plant knowledge to carpentry.Its a journey for us too so any level of knowledge is welcome we hope you will be learning but also teaching us !
    We have a large allotment which has disappeared completely , this needs clearing back, rotavating, paths created for access and the planting areas ready for the spring season. We will also be planting fruit trees here and in the orchard.
    General garden TLC is needed across the 9 acres, grass cutting, hedge trimming, tree pruning, weeding on a massive scale, planting and creating large meadow areas where we hope to eventually have bees. Most of this work is manual but we do have the tools required to assist.
    There is a huge open barn which is currently filled with rubbish and uncut wood, we would love to get all the wood cut and create a wood store at one end, clear away all the rubbish , re surface the floor and screen off with a handmade fence.
    We also would love to create a central dining area between the properties, Building a large covered pergola and a bar area. Plenty of planting here too and the building of troughs to bring colour to the area.In the same area is two back doors and ideally they need porches built to give a dry space before going inside.
    All the exterior woodwork is in a mess , it all needs rubbing down, repairing , preparing and painting and we are planning a beautiful colour to bring it to life ,a big change from its currant brown varnish , a slow job but if you have painting skills or are just really enthusiastic we need you .

    We are currently taking down walls inside our house to modernise it, so if sloshing on emulsion paint is your thing we have a lot of internal walls that need your help. There is something for everyone we hope and really want to share our journey and lifestyle here in France

  • Languages spoken

    Spanish: Intermediate
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Historic house with large lounge, kitchen/diner and five bedrooms ( 3 doubles and two twin rooms) . Both bathrooms are on the ground floor and one is en suite. log Burning fire and central heating. All luxuries including coffee machine, american fridge freezer,dish washer, bedding and towels. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.We are more than happy to suggest of accompany you on visits to the area.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are plenty of things to do including, walks, cycling, lakes, chateaus, shopping and the famous Le Mans race track and museum. A train can be taken to Paris in just 50 minutes and cities of Le Mans and Tours are app 45 minutes away. There is no local transport , the local train station is just 4 km away in our local village.

  • 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

    we have plenty of parking but no electric hook up

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We have a cat here so any animal is welcome as long as they tolerate cats with no problem

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    2-3 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 218933742976