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Help with some garden and home DIY projects and experience living in the Normandy countryside, France

  • France
  • Favourited 45 times
  • Last activity: 03/02/2023



 Min stay requested: 1 week or less



  • Description


    We live in a little Normandy village between historical Falaise and Saint Pierre sur Dives. We have been living in this old fashioned country manor (1784) for over 30 years now, and we had a very big family (6 kids) . Now we have just one son living here with us. That makes 3. We have two lovely but rather shy cats.
    So the people remaining are myself a retired academic and my husband the same. He's perfectly bi-lingual, and I am imperfectly bi-lingual. He writes a lot and translates from English to French. We were both language teachers for a long time and so can help out with the learning of French for our visitors.
    We basically need a hand to keep the house and the very large garden in order.

    Normandy hardly needs an introduction and all I need say is that it is beautiful. (I leave internet to develop the theme)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Culturally speaking we can help with French, and indicate the wealth of historical places to visit. I can also introduce French cuisine and we can cook and dine together if desired, French style;

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We just can't seem to get round to doing everything because of the actual size of the place and basically need a hand with the garden chores like clearing leaves and weeding the drive and keeping the hedges trim. We have an organic approach to the growing of our potatoes and beans etc. and also need a bit of help with that. In the house itself , I'd like a hand putting the attic back into shape as it has been a storeroom for a lot of people. There is a spot of painting to be done, only if the visitor felt she/he he could handle it.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    We love learning Spanish. We can give both English and French lessons. We think 3 people is a maximum as they must share the same attic studio;

  • Accommodation


    We have an ensuite attic bedroom suitable for two (or three at a pinch, one double two single beds) people . It's our family guest room.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There oso much to do here. Walking, cycling, resting, meditating and yoga ( big spaces indoors and out)Plenty to do-vive internet-! It says it all. We have the sea-side resort beaches, the lonely beaches, (also D-Day landing beaches at 1hr drive )However the bus to any where is 6 km away but I'm willing to drive my visitors to the bus or train station

  • 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

    we gave optic fibre and are happy to welcome DNs

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans


  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We have 2 shy cats. An animal would have to be very well behaved and not noisy.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    4/5 heures par jour max, 5 j/sem.

Host ref number: 322828149272

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