Organic fruit and veg growing, and help restoring 250 year old house in Pays de la Loire, France



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    We are currently living in rural France, in the Mayenne departement (53) where a have a lovely old stone house and attached gite in a small hamlet.
    We are looking for some help growing organic veg and fruit, some general garden help, and some house restoration, especially lime mortaring/pointing on the outside stone walls
    We can offer a very comfortable and characterful 2 bedroom gite for you to stay in while you work with us. It has its own fully equipped kitchen, lovely shower room with power shower, and comfy memory foam beds (one double room and one twin)
    Dave is a good cook, and we especially love to make all sorts of different curries. I am a vegetarian, whereas Dave likes to eat meat occasionally.
    The local area has beautiful countryside, forests, villages and towns, and we can offer regular day trips out and lifts to shops and local towns. We can also provide bikes- one of which is electric.
    We both used to be teachers in the secondary sector in the UK, Ali as an environmental scientist and Dave as a geographer. We love to travel to warm and wildlife-filled places in the winter, and we both particularly enjoy bird watching.
    We look forward to hearing from you
    Ali and Dave

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco Projects
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Lots of English conversation practice. Learning about local French culture on day trips to local area.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Sowing, planting and looking after organic veggie and fruit beds.
    Lime mortaring of outside walls. We try to garden in a way that will look lovely but will still benefit insects, birds etc and prefer volunteers who are of the same opinion. Any particular skills you have in that area would be great.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    2 bedroom comfortable and characterful , fully equipped gite. Fast wifi available.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The hamlet is normally a very quiet place, and we are looking for people who will be comfortable in that sort of environment and who will have respect for our neighbours.
    We can provide a pick up and drop off to either Alencon or Argentan train stations at the start and end of your stay, and will provide regular lifts to shops and local towns.

  • 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 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 244351768199