Help us renovate this beautiful old farmhouse using natural and traditional techniques in Aquitaine, France

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 Min stay requested: at least a week

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a family with two little ones. We moved from England in 2017 looking for a home in the beautiful Dordogne / Correze area. We bought a house and land that need quite a bit of work. And we have big plans!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This is a fantastic place to be. It is rural and close to a great many beautiful and interesting places to visit if you have your own transportation.
    We are interested in many projects and will happily involve you in whatever tickles your fancy. We were both teachers in a previous life, so would enjoy having an apprentice. Chris is currently spending time with wood and stone. He has a small sawmill and so you can be involved in the whole process of furniture making, from felling a tree, right through to creating fine inlaid pieces or carved pieces.
    I am pretty handy with a sewing machine, and have a few upholstery jobs on the go.
    We both love to brew. We love English ale, but like to mix it up a bit and try a variety of beers. We have a fermenter that produces around 200 bottles a pop, so it's a respectable micro-brewery and we'd welcome any interest.

  • Help

    Help

    Spring 2020
    We are looking to hit the project hard this spring. In the months of April and may, we hope to fill the house with six or so workawayers. We want to do this to make real headway with jobs and also because we think it could be really fun. We have quite an ambitious list of ongoing projects, so there is an element of autonomy. If there is anything in particular that strikes your interest, please let us know in your message.
    Jobs:
    Reroofing and restoring a beautiful and ancient bread oven; terracing using stone; painting and decorating the traditional Perigordian farm house (artistic flair welcomed here); strimming and clearing land; gardening - veg, flowers, herbs, vines, truffles; building outdoor furniture - tables and loungers; building a home for ducks including a little house and wattle fencing.
    This list is in no way exhaustive, and there are bound to be plenty of other things that crop up. If you are proactive and see an opportunity to do something that excites you, the possibilities are vast.
    We do expect you to start in the morning and help out with enthusiasm. A helpful, friendly attitude is what we are really looking for as well as someone who doesn't mind sweating a bit. We will be there working alongside you and you will be rewarded by being a part of an incredible, aesthetic project; also with nice cold beer; and a dip in the newly completed luxury pool (thank you work away!)

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

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    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
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  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a comfortable room that has a shower ensuite. It is on its own floor, so is very private. There is only room for a couple or single person, unless you don't mind sharing!

    There is also a small sechior building. It is basic (consisting of a bedroom only, ie - no loo), but very charming and totally private. It only has a double bed, so again suitable for one or two people.

    For the April/may period, people can stay in the house. We are hoping to get several people in there. There is a bathroom with bath and shower. There is space indoors to relax in as well as all the space you could possibly want outdoors. There is your own kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining area. And you will also be welcome in the family kitchen and living area.

    We will cook for you and include you in our lives, for example, you can join us with visits to friends or day trips if you would like to. We are also very happy for you to use the land and take as much space as you need. There is plenty of room for a tent or camper if you prefer.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This is a rural area, so you really do need to have some transport if you want to get around.
    Our internet is very limited, so you'd only really be able to use it at the weekends, but we do have a plethora of films that you can watch in your own room without needing to stream.

  • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Inside the sechoir
Outside the sechoir
Pool design
The workaway bedroom
The workaway bathroom
Stable block being renovated. Hemp plaster applied. And old bread oven
Outside the stables
One of the terraces
Chris, Bianca and the boys in nearby market town, Sarlat
A view from across the valley

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