Help in the gardens and enjoy the gorgeous nature of Burgundy, France




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  • Description


    I am living on a family land in south of Morvan, a granitic area at the heart of Burgundy, part of the natural parc of Morvan.
    The place, and the village are very special for it's one of the 3 biggest granitic areas of France, so the natural site is classified and protected.
    The main interest is nature, hiking (300km of path from us), ...
    The nearest village with shops is at 10km ; there is a bar-restaurant just nearby...but not always open, specially in winter !
    There are many places of interest about an hour's radius drive: the roman Autun, the medieval abbey and town of Cluny, the Celts capital Bibracte, Chalon on the Saône river...and of course Beaune, Nuits-Saint- Georges and the wine area...

    Our place is quiet big (10 hectares of fields - 10 hectares of forests), with several buildings, spring water, fresh air, wild birds and animals...
    A cattle farmer is actually taking care of the fields.
    I came back in my birth area 7 years ago, after long trips around the world and many different experiences.
    This land here is beautiful, strong and rough (due to the granite and the relatively high altitude for the area - 680m).
    I have a small garden that might be enlarged next spring.
    I am a handicraft creator :I am sewing cloths, hats, bags...from recycled fabrics and sell them on markets since 8 years.
    Sometimes I play music with friends (irish songs and traditional music and singing...) or paint . You will be welcome to come with me when I go to irish music sessions or trad dancing bals...
    My plan is to allow this place to welcome more people for incresing the food self suficiency, but for that I need to do some refit on the buildings.
    It's a good opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous nature around,help on sewing projects, learn about gardening, and life close to nature, enjoy to prepare nice preservation and specialities from the garden, or help on building projects... !
    I only have a wood stove as a warming system, so pilling wood is one of the often requested well as checking the fire to keep us warm and confy !

    For this winter, I need people to help to refit the bathroom (change the shower and tilling) and paint new tables for my market stall.
    Handy people and good diy workawayers are always welcome here !
    I generally need help with sewing if you already know a little bit about it.

    I leave here on my own most of the week and Michel, my man, comes on week ends...or I go to visit him (an hour drive).
    He have the plan to settle here in an old big caravan he is refitting. So, there will be help needed on that project as well.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    French life, cooking...

  • Help


    Depending on the abilities of each one, and of the time of the year and the weather, there are various things to be done as :
    - gardening - wooding - weeding (very light as it's permaculture !) -grass cutting and trimming -
    - helping with building and general maintenance , painting...etc
    - fruit and vegetables preservation...
    - helping in the house (cleaning, little diy things...)
    - helping Claire at the sawing workshop and on markets when needed: someone who can use an over locker would be a precious help !
    - we need handy people...
    - the requested help (except for sewing) is mostly outdoor so please come with convenient clothes
    -for this winter, I need good diy people to help with inside refit.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    Spanish: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    There is a cosy corner bed for workawayers in the main room . (cf picture)
    The main living room and kitchen is open to everyone to enjoy the view or the wood stove.
    Washmachine available.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    -enjoy the big yoga room upstairs for your everyday practice.
    -enjoy 2 nice cats (not allowed in the bedroom)
    -enjoy home made mostly organic and local food (but not vegetarian)
    -internet comes with shared connection on my phone. So, no connection when I'm not at home. A got opportunity to give up with connection addiction !
    -no smoking inside (possible outside )
    -most of the time, I'm not providing alcohol (only for special occasions or friends visiting...)
    -I don't have a television
    -there is no public transportation arriving to our village . We can fetch you to the nearest train or bus station.
    -I consider that cooking and do the dishes is something we share, and which is coming on top of the requested 4/5 hours a day.
    -as bedroom is shared and used for yoga or other practices, I expect neet , tidy and respectfull people. I'm not ready to see your clothes all around.

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

    4/5 hours a day - flexible ( ex : 8 one day, nothing the day after...) 25 hours max

Host ref number: 249477448794