Help us rescue our chateau and transform it into a green, sustainable family home in Maisonneuve, France



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  • Description


    We are a family with young children who have bought a chateau and 8 Ha of grounds looking for a better quality of life in France. We have horses, dogs, a cat and guinea pigs. We want to create a green living area from a chateau that hasn't had enough love for a while and grounds, including a large lake, that need nurturing.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are rescuing our chateau's tired interior, overgrown gardens and neglected lake back to the glory they deserve in a sustainable way. You will learn and help alongside us on the projects. South West France is culturally rich and diverse. You will learn learn English from us and French from our neighbours.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Our project was due to start on 1/1/21 but Covid and Brexit slowed down the whole thing! We are now looking to restart all of our projects and are looking for workways with different skills to help us clear the lake of fallen trees and vegetation so that it can become a wildlife haven. The grounds have become overgrown with small trees and weeds that need clearing and a wildflower meadow created for butterflies, bees and birds.

    The chateau is structurally sound but needs some TLC with projects like painting the shutters and decorating inside and renewing bathrooms - all your help will be a support alongside us while we work on the projects. We have long term projects to replace the oil fired heating with green energy other sustainable projects like insulation. In addition to these we would welcome day to day help with cleaning, child care and dog, cat and horse sitting if we are away. Experience with horses would be ideal but we can give training in horse handling and care for anyone willing and empathic!

    We moved to France from England in the Spring of 2021 and our 3 young children (8, 7 and 6 years old) continue to need support coping with the transition. We hope to find empathic workaways to help us with the emotional and practical issues raised with the transition.

    We moved to France for a slower, more sustainable life for our family where children can be children for as long as they need and we would be delighted to share that experience!

    Due to covid restrictions in our area we can only accept workaways who are double vaccinated with a Pass Sanitaire.

  • 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


    The accommodation is a gite with 2 bedrooms and a shared kitchen, recreation area. You will be able to cook for yourself in the fully equipped kitchen and /or share family meals from time to time.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The area is a rich tourist destination with lots of outdoor destinations, restaurants and bars. The city of Bordeaux is just 2 hours away and there are ski resorts within 3.5 hours for weekends. We are family with young children who like being outside with our dogs and horses, eating fresh food and exercising.

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    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

    We have trialled having guests staying with us and working remotely during the summer of 2021 and it worked well. French rural internet is notoriously slow but our guests were able to use a variety of digital comms apps including Zoom, most of the time! We have been promised fibre internet for December 2021 but those promises are also notorious!

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have have plenty of space and can arrange an electric hookup.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We would welcome workawayers with pets

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 273215463635