Explore this intriguing part of the countryside and help with gardening and making jam in Lassay Les Chateaux, France

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  • Description


    We are an English couple of retirees who are living in the Lower Normandy region of France and want to become self sufficient, with a more manageable life style now we approach the restful part of our lives. We have a large family and we live in a small community near the town of Lassay Les Chateaux in the department of Mayenne. A beautiful and stunning town with ancient character and charm, where it's history is part of everyday life. A region steeped in the Arthurian legend and middle age history. We have a thirteen year old boxer called Gizmo, he is friendly and enjoys the company of others, animal and human.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This is a wonderful opportunity to explore a popular and intriguing part of the French countryside with history from the invasions of the Vikings to the biggest amphibious landing in history and all the modern repercussions thereof. Learn about the coming together of the French state the richness of the language and traditions of the amazing French farming and husbandry skills. Look into the specialist foods and drinks produced in this area of France. Cidre, camonbert cheese, eau de vie and biscuits from the Abbey d'Lonlay and so much more. Learn the French language as the French speak it. See how they enjoy the simple pleasures with a sense of delight.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Help with preparation of soil and garden structures, tree pruning for fruit trees and shrubs. Harvesting of fruit and the preparations of jams and jellies. Laying concrete paths and other ground related projects. Painting and preservation of garden and housing structures. General garden and building maintenance and any other small works involved in the general improvement of the property and the lifestyle. At present we require persons to help with cement works on exterior of future accommodation, to help prepare and apply water proof coating to ensure that the building is weathertight.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    At different times of the year we have a range of living quarters, a small gîte is available at certain times, but at all times we have a two berth caravans available, clean and well furnished, with television and cooking facilities. Internet is available at certain times and meals will normally be taken with the hosts. Bathing and washing facilities are available throughout the house and the gîté. The caravan is inside the barn and is not exposed so it is warm in the winter and cool in the summer

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This is an area of great natural beauty and has an amazing history. But for me it is the air of tranquillity, the flight of the falcons, the butterflies. The deer and badgers foxes and everything else we see throughout the natural year. Transport hear is very rural but bicycles will be made available for local shopping or we can provide transport to and from certain places when we are traveling around our normal life.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Good wi fi link. 24/24 normal protocols

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Any size van park on grass. No toilets or showers, locally available. Toilets and showers in the family home.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Dogs only. Must be accustomed to others dogs and humans, house trained.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 25 hours a week but a minimum of four days

Host ref number: 244627871463

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