We were mad enough to have moved 7 years ago to a history-packed "chateau" in 15 acres of parkland with ancient oaks and small fishing lakes. The chapel is 16th century the stone staircase is 14th! Ceilings are 4m high - the main wing is 19th c and comfortable! Billiard room included....We work as translators from home here and in London and our resident friend and partner in crime, Ivan, is a Ukrainian architect . We would love you all to come to help in our renovation building projects and in the garden ( ivy off walls. Bonfires, mowing, fishing, establishing a veg garden and in the house painting and cleaning!). 5km from Chateaubriant and 45 km from Rennes. Can teach you French or English and feed and lodge you.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Jean Noel and Ivan can teach you French and French history and many building skills and when Lucie is not in London, she can teach you English and a bit of cooking.
Energetic help outside and in to prepare the house and grounds for potential parties and rentals. Relentless mowing and strimming! Renovation and painting and decorating...
Double room with ensuite Shower room or bathroom. View of parkland
The local town has an independent cinema, race course, olympic pool and good transport links to places of interest. Nantes/Rennes/ Angers/ Vannes/ st Malo etc
We are very relaxed (not great at routine!) and love having outgoing people staying, conversation, cooking, drinking, reading, history... We work a lot and don't go out but are happy to lend you our car to explore. We used to be language teachers and now run our own translation business
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week