Help in the garden and enjoy great vegan & gluten free food in rural Ardennes, France



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  • Description


    We are an international couple (Zoran is Yugoslavian & Samantha is British, both with Dutch roots) and over a period of 8 years we have built our house ourselves.
    Located in rural Ardennes in France in a tiny village of 54 inhabitants it is really quiet and peaceful but there is no public transport and you really need your own transportation.

    Since we run a 100% VEGAN and GLUTEN FREE B&B with all the cooking and cleaning involved we would love to have a lovely couple or a group of friends to help us with the tremendous amount of GARDENING which we can't find time to do ourselves. Our 3000m2 back garden is still a wilderness and we need help to get it presentable.

    You will need to be pro-active, have a sense of responsibility and love to work in the garden.
    The tasks that need to be done aren't too complicated and involve mowing grass, cultivate soil and rake it level, picking up old scattered stones and make pathways, help making raised garden beds for our permaculture garden, sow seeds to create a field of flowers for the birds and bees, make fences, plant flower bulbs, trim trees, pick fruit and vegetables, etc, etc, etc.
    The stay is 1 week unless it works out really well and we can discuss you staying longer!

    We have a lovely (shared) guesthouse at our B&B available for you to stay which sleeps up to 4 adults. It has a private bathroom with a toilet, washbasin and rain shower.

    BE WARE; no gluten products (bread, biscuits, crackers etc) aloud in the house due to cross contamination!!
    We do provide gluten free alternatives ;-)

    We have 3 cats and 2 elderly dogs (Kangals /Anatolian shepherd dogs) so you should not be scared of dogs.
    We try to live healthy, both need to eat gluten free and choose to eat vegan (no dairy, meat, poultry, fish nor eggs), are non (ex) smokers and huge animal lovers.
    Samantha used to be a professional vegan & gluten free baker-caterer, so don't worry about the food not being great ;-).
    We both speak English, Dutch (our second language for both of us), French and German and Zoran also speaks Serbian and Croatian.
    We love to read, cook and bake, take (nowadays short) walks with the dogs, watch movies, laugh, are serious in what we do and enjoy life and are looking forward to meeting you soon!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We both speak several languages, so volunteers can practice their English (native speaker), Dutch (fluent second language to both of us without a foreign accent), Serbian and Croatian (Native speaker), German (fluent third language) and we speak French.

    There are some lovely hiking routes in the vicinity, lots of WWI and WWII monuments and museums, only 12 km from the famous 'Sergeant York' site as well as 'the lost battalion' site.
    We are ideally situated for long walks and bike trips and in summer there are loads of fleemarkets in the area.
    Beautiful cities like Reims, France, Verdun, Charleville-Mézières and Sedan, France are only an hour away and you could even spend a day at Disneyland Parc, Paris which takes you just 2 hours to get there!

    Our house is located in a tiny village with no commercial activity.
    Currently it has 57 inhabitants so you need to enjoy the peace and quiet.
    The nearest supermarket and pub is about 20 km away.

    There is no public transport within 21 km and even that it will be a challenge. so you need to come by car.

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  • Help


    *️️️️️️️️️️️️We would love some help make our back garden presentable and input is welcome.
    *Clearing the garden of tree branches and rubbish, rubble which has come up while levelling parts of the garden needs to be cleared, lay down pathways, make flower beds, plant shrubs, mow the grass, trim trees, etc.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️We need to level a patch of terrain to create a badminton - yoga - playing field
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️We intend to build a deck around an above ground swimming pool, which should be a lot of fun.

    Hours would be about 4-5 hours a day (from 8-13 h), 5 days a week.

    We only accept Couples (M-F, F-F, M-M, X-X, M-X, F-X) or a group of friends and own transportation is a must.
    We don't care about your colour or origin as long as you are kind.
    Pro-active, independent, hard working and a good sense of humour are a must ;-)

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Croatian: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Serbian: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    French: Intermediate

    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.

  • Accommodation


    We have a lovely NON-SMOKING guesthouse available at our B&B which sleeps 4 with a private bathroom and garden
    There is almost 4000m2 of garden available to put up a tent or a caravan if you need more space or more privacy.

    Since we maintain a gluten free & vegan household (no dairy, meat, poultry, fish nor eggs) we would expect you to eat gluten free and vegetarian around the house to eliminate cross contamination. So far we have received nothing but compliments about the food provided ..... :-).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is NO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION so a car, motorbike or even bicycle is a must.
    We live in the rural Champagne-Ardennes, an hours drive from Reims, Sedan, Charleville-Mézières and Verdun which have museums, shopping centres, theaters etc.
    The nearest supermarket and cinema are in Vouziers and in Sainte Menehould, both 20 km away, the Champagne district is 1 hour away.
    We live very rural in a small village with no commercial activities in the middle of WWI and WWII battlefields, so if you love the peace and quiet life our place is ideal for long walks or reading.

  • 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 have a stable fiber internet connexion and it is usually pretty quiet around here. There is always a table to be found where you can work quietly

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a private and fully enclosed parking available in our front garden.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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