Help us to turn our 17th century mill into a centre for permaculture in a remote valley in the Dordogne, South West France

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  • Description

    Description

    My name is Sylph. We own a 17th century mill in a stunning rural setting which we are in the process of renovating. So far, we have completed the renovation of the main house and gîte, built my pottery workshop and gallery shop, and are now focusing on the garden and outbuildings.

    My vision includes the building of a productive vegetable garden using principles of permaculture; clearing out and organizing the cellar; renovating my barn to turn it into more accommodation; making better use of the woodlands on the property; and generally keeping the informal-style cottage garden under control. All ideas welcomed!

    Our beautiful mill is set in pasture and woodlands some 15 minutes’ drive from the nearest town. We have some uneven ground on the property, and steep staircases, so able-bodied people of any age with their own transport will get the most out of staying at Le Moulin de Leymonie du Maupas.

    Workawayers with their own transport can freely enjoy exploring the many villages, rivers, historic towns, pre-historic sites and woodlands on afternoons and days off. We do ask that all our helpers carry their own health insurance so they are covered in the unlikely event of an accident.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Our Moulin would suit someone who loves a beautiful environment, full of Art and books, and who loves being in nature. We are away from it all. It is a tranquil place, animated by bird song and many birds nesting around the house and barn, You would be part of a sustainable set up. We fire mainly with wood in winter which is locally sourced and also coppiced from our little woods.
    You can learn about French, German and English culture, a variety of foods and dishes.
    We speak , German and English here and are seeking to become fluent in the French language in due course.
    We have limited Wifi and internet (enough for you to check emails once a day) as we need a Satellite to connect to the outer world but there is international TV and a landline telephone. We have a good selection of DVDs and Vidos. Our place would suit a non smoker who is into the finer and quieter things in life.

  • Help

    Help

    Throughout April to June, you will be asked to help with preparing the vegetable garden, planting, mowing, and strimming in the pleasant spring and early summer weather. This is also the time to clear winter tree damage, cut bamboo and dead head the roses. There might be fencing to repair. Over this period, we do a lot of hand weeding while earth is soft and damp, before weeds can go to seed.

    Over July and August, grass growth slows down but we do need to keep watering flower and vegetable gardens. We should have some fruit and produce to harvest and preserve, and perhaps a little hay to hand cut for our sheep. On hot days we can retreat and work on indoor maintenance and repairs. Most of our guests stay over this period and tasks will include cleaning guest rooms and doing laundry.

    When September, October and November comes around, it is time to prepare our firewood stacks for winter, prune roses and fruit trees, divide and propagate perennials, clear out the greenhouse and pick up leaves. This is also a good time to work on an irrigation system: design and lay pipes, install and maintain pumps.

    Over the winter months of December, January and February, life is pretty quiet. But hey, if you are up for a bit of painting, architectural drafting, business planning, online marketing, sewing or similar activities around the fire, we’d love to hear from you!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    German and English and a little French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have accommodation in the Grenier, the roof of the Moulin. It is depending on occupancy in the house, either a white twin room with desk, chair and comfy bed or another Grenier - Attic room with a small double tempura bed and a large desk and office chair. A modern bath/ shower room is underneath. Hot water comes from a solar hot water system and we will provide you with organic shampoo and soap as our system can only tolerate biodegradable products.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live a 15 minute drive away from the next small town and train station and can offer you lifts and pick up from there should you wish to branch out.

    There are plenty of shops there and an outdoor swimming pool
    Bergerac and Perigueux are 30 minutes away by train and Bordeaux 1 hour.
    We have bicycles for your to get about with.

    If you are self contained and motivated and are able to occupy your own time as well as being part of a family set up and enjoy the outdoors, then the Moulin is for you.

    All meals will be prepared together and we require someone who is able to eat most things, as we have a varied healthy diet which includes meat. Some of our vegetables come from our organic vegetable garden.
    This is a non smoking place and we ask visitors to respect this requirement.

    You will have full use of the library as well as barn should you wish to paint or the woodlands for meditation.

    This place would suit someone who is into art, writing, nature conservation and permaculture and is generally active and motivated and has a positive outlook on life.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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