Julie and Mick, moved to France 3 years ago having owned the house since 2004. recently purchased some other surrounding property and are currently restoring it using traditional methods where possible, also bring the garden and surrounding land back into use, while still finding the time for a glass of wine and to enjoy the peace and tranquility that is rural France.
Mick is experienced in all aspects of the building trade and enjoys passing on his knowledge of both traditional and modern building techniques.
Julie, when not helping Mick she likes experimenting in the kitchen, preserving fruit and making terrines and other delights, along with cooking some very special meals.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
You will have the opportunity to learn all aspects of building/restoration. As well as gardening, planning and planting, and be a part of the rebirth of a hamlet that has lay dormant for half a century.
Language spoken English, with a little French, so an ideal opportunity to learn English and also for you to help us improve our French.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
DIY and building projects using traditional building methods
Maintenance of land, keeping trees in check, felling, logging and stacking wood.
We have several major projects planned over the coming winter, barn demolition and restoration where possible,. Also several stone walls need repairing / rebuilding, using traditional methods and stone reclaimed from barns.
We also have a cottage that requires full restoration, it is our intention to live in the house eventually when finished.
We are also looking to reclaim an area for use as a fruit garden.
Statement required by workaway to clarify. Assistance required is with our personal projects not a business.
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
You can contact them directly for more information.
Independent Gite, one bedroom, bathroom and separate living room, central heating and log burner.
3 meals a day taken with hosts.
Locally we have Saint Savin, a UNESCO site of interest, along with Montmorillon and Chauvigny, medieval villages, as well as may other sites of interest. Situated in rural France there are many country walks and woodland to explore. We are easy going and take life as it comes, happiness is a way of life, not a destination.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Wifi is good, you will have your own space to work in.
This host can provide space for campervans.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week