Two Gentlemen sharing! We are David and Edward and we have been turning 5 acres of rural French countryside into a garden! After ten years in the making the garden opened in the summer 2017 to help raise money for cancer charities. All the hard graft is done in house, or should that be on the land, and as it tends to be just one of us doing it, it is a full time passion! The property is a second home so we are not there all the year, so when we do arrive it is all hands on deck!
The garden is a haven to wildlife with resident kingfishers on the lake, what appears to be a tribe of hares and various other birds, and for the third year running a source of our own honey!
Unfortunately we also get visited by the occasional deer, families of wild boar and ragodan!
Whilst isolated, we have no immediate neighbours, we have been embraced and welcomed into the community!
At the end of a hard day in the garden there is noting nicer than a glass of wine to be enjoyed either over looking the lake, or form the viewing point furthest from the house. Whilst not native French speakers we are no longer laughed at behind our backs and are able to even share a joke or two in French!
Increasingly the garden supplies most of the food eaten in the summer months and enough to fill up freezers to help feed us thru the winter.
A keen interest in gardening and understanding of plants would help visitors.... sharing our hair brain ideas on design and planting will be shared!
Keen bird watchers will enjoy the access to the lake.
The garden is a constant surprise of need! From grass cutting (there is a sit on lawnmower) to hedge cutting, deadheading and cutting back and developing areas that need improving! Most of the plants have been grown from seed so a small nursery of plants needs attention, mainly watering.
Being happy outside in all weathers is a must.... an afternoon siesta often helps to break the day too!
2020 will hopefully see the installation of our own composting toilet outside and the creation of a new woodland area. On going clearing of a wooded area around the lake and creation of some sculptures/artwork is also planned! Someone with green fingers and a good sense of humour is a must!
English and French
Shared facilities i.e. bathroom and toilet, kitchen and common areas.
All cooking is vegetarian and can be vegan if required.
The property would suit someone with own transport! There is no public transport locally tho the local town of Sable sur Sarthe has a TGV train station, I am happy to collect. We do have a couple of bikes so it is possible to escape!
The area is mostly agricultural land with pleasant walks and hidden villages to discover, have a number of the countries most pretty villages.... Petite Cite de Character! Sauges, which is less than 4km away has a limestone gorge where rock climbing is possible.
If it is night life you are looking for.... pass us by!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week