Please come and help in our lovely chateau! We bought the chateau a couple of years ago in the beautiful Indre et Loire region of France, and are now living in France and doing it up. Indre et Loire is south of the Loire valley, and is a stunning area. An area of lakes and hills, pretty towns and villages. We have the Creuse river very close to the chateau, it flows through the beautiful local villages of Rivarennes and St. Gaultier. A 'voie vert', a green lane for walking and cycling, that runs for 60 kilometres along a disused railway track is also very close. We're in the Parc National de Brenne.
We're opening this summer, and the plan is also to run music courses as well as a chambre d'hote - with a singing course this August. We're building a concert hall area as part of the renovations. We're trying to be as eco friendly as we can, and have installed a geothermal system in the grounds and have a puit Canadien (heat exchange) system in. We've almost finished the major works now, although there's more to do, but the main emphasis right now is helping everything come together. The help we need is general: gardening; setting up rooms; doing things in the workshop if someone is interested in woodwork and carpentry (below).... You'll have your own room and loo. There'll be a double bed in the room, so it's possible a couple could be sharing the room, and if we don't have courses on, it's also possible to host more than one workaway and use another room.
We want to create a beautiful place - we are creating a beautiful place :-) . There's also a large swimming pool on site, as part of our courtyard.
There's a lot to do, and a good variety of things to get on with. We would love you to come and help us!
I'm a Kiwi who has been living and working in London for a long time, mainly in mental health, but getting into music too, particularly jazz, and my husband Mick is a furniture designer and maker (hence woodwork!)
We have cats, in case anyone either loves them, or has an allergy....two wild cats adopted us and one has had three kittens, they'll become chateau cats (if they make the move successfully).
Thank you, look forward to meeting you!
Kate and Mick
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Well of course if you want to practice French it's ideal! We work with both French and English people.
This part of France is very interesting, it's rural but yet not unsophisticated, and there are beautiful villages and towns to explore, many dating back to medieval times. If you're interested in WW2, central France is where the resistance was very strong, and there are a lot of memorials around. De Gaulle's family was sent here, the chateau they lived in is close to ours, and George Sands family escaped to the region - you can visit the Sand's exceptional family house , and explore Gargilesse (now an artist's town with music festivals in summer) where George Sand, and her son had workshops. Oradour-sur-Glane is a village that was completely wiped of it's inhabitants in WW2, and has been preserved as a memorial - it's an extraordinary place, perfectly preserved and eerily quiet, it's said even the birds never fly over it.
This area is also interesting archeologically: Indre is where the earliest sapiens arrived in Europe, and there are many Gallo-Romaine sites also. One is Argentomagus, , which covers 70 hectares. There are many chateaux, and ruins to explore dating from the 10th century.
The region is a beautiful walking area, and great for naturalists. Central France is famous for it's butterfly species, there are over 500 here. The chateau is in the Parc National de Brenne, so you not only have the Creuse river, but also this wonderful nature reserve on your doorstep to explore.
The help we need is general: gardening; helping keep things tidy; setting up rooms ( July); doing things in the workshop if someone is interested in woodwork (below).... you'll have your own room and loo. We want to create a beautiful place - we are creating a beautiful place :-) .
From the middle of July on, you would have your own room on the second floor of the chateau, with it's own separate loo and little corridor. It's like a little pied a terre!
As mentioned, there are many interesting and pretty local villages, towns, chateaux. We're very happy to help with transport so people can get around and explore. Argenton-sur-Creuse - a beautiful town - is the best local train station, and Limoges has an airport.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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