Enjoy the rich local culture/history, help with gardening and the renovation of 19th Century buildings on a Brittany farm, France

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  • Description

    Description

    We are currently looking for help for 2020 to assist with renovation and building work and also to help in the house as Sue is wheelchair bound. We would prefer mature volunteers minimum 20 years old who can do manual work.
    We are a British family (from Scotland and Jersey) living in an old farmhouse half way between Saint Malo and Rennes in Brittany. We have started restoring a traditional 19th Century cob (earth) bake house and also converting another stone and cob building into a gite (holiday cottage) with the help of Workawayers and the work is going very well. We do all our own renovation and construction work with the help of friends. We have a gite (holiday cottage) and a B&B apartment which volunteers are welcome to use and there is also a pool and jacuzzi. Our family consists of Dave and Sue, our son Mike, 4 border collies who are trained for dog agility and Frank, the cat. We speak French and English and Dave is an English language teacher. The house is 1 kilometer from the village , which has a shop, a bar and a canal. This is a very popular tourist area with lots to do and see. Mont St Michel, Dinan, Combourg and Dol are all nearby and the Normandy landing beaches are 2 hours away.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This is a beautiful part of France, rich in culture and history with lots of places to see and visit like Mont St Michel, Saint Malo, Dinan and Rennes. There are lots of beaches, castles, pretty villages, ancient sites and you can explore on bikes using the canal towpaths. You can improve your English or French and join in with art, crafts and Yoga.

  • Help

    Help

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We need help restoring our 19th Century "Bread Oven" which consists of a small cottage with cob (earth) walls and a huge fireplace and oven that was used to supply bread to the neighbourhood. The walls need repairing, as do the timbers and the roof, using traditional building methods where possible. Dave and Mike are both experienced builders and can provide training where necessary. Most of the work is straightforward and no special skills are required. We are looking forward to baking our first batch of bread and buns.

    If it is raining we have jobs to finish inside and we have begun renovating an old workshop and changing it into a holiday cottage. Also there is always lots of housework to be done apart from building work and we especially enjoy cooking. As Sue is wheelchair bound she is unable to do a lot of the chores.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    english french

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a one bedroom apartment and a one bedroom gite (holiday cottage) both of which are available to workawayers. Meals are provided and we eat together as a family.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are lots of markets and vide greniers (car boots) in the area. You can borrow bikes and tour the area along the canal towpaths. We go for walks with the dogs and there is a weekly art group and pantomime rehearsals. We have an old car available to borrow for drivers over 25 with a valid licence.

  • 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 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Our family of dogs Harry, Kaspar and Katie
Frank the Cat - our very special friend
Restoration project of the "four à pain" a very old bread oven which we'd like to restore into a working oven
On the left is an old stable which we are in the process of restoring

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