Help us restore our 17th Century Chateau de Sauge in Saivres, Poitou Charente France



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    Hi, my husband Paul and I and our two cats Angus & Argyle are living in a beautiful area (20k from Poitier) with over 3.5 acres of woodland; gardens and large pond. The Chateau itself dates back to 1607 and we are busy restoring it and would love some help with decorating, general DIY, plastering, painting and gardening etc.
    We are full time on the Chateau but both previously worked in the property / construction industries.
    We have made some friends in the area and love to get together whenever possible and as a keen cook I love being in the kitchen baking for everyone and any occasion. There are some beautiful walks and wonderful views to enjoy as well as the local town only minutes away with railway station.
    If you want a break in a great region of France and want to be part of this wonderful project we would gladly welcome you to join us and be part of this journey.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learn new skills and techniques, involvement in restoring / preserving such a beautiful piece of history, enhance your DIY skills by working with us, setting up livestock areas and market garden.
    Learning to cook
    Assistance with language skills and sharing our renovation skills.

  • Help


    If you love getting involved in restoration then you will love this project - two days are never the same - come help us save this beautiful castle and its fantastic grounds.
    Help with preparing, painting and wallpapering; - gardening and setting up a market garden, DIY, masonry, plastering, electrical help, general labouring or any other assistance would be greatly appreciated.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    The main Chateau currently has 8 bedrooms but only 2 bathrooms which are also in need of upgrade.
    There are numerous outbuildings including a barn and livestock areas and massive grounds, woodland with pond.
    We intend to alter the layout of the chateau to accommodate around 5 bedrooms with ensuites, remove at least 2 staircases. We also intend to convert two of the outbuildings into Gite accommodation, the rest will be home for livestock.

    All helpers will have their own private bedroom / bathroom - breakfast, light lunch and evening meal will also be provided. We are also happy to give lifts to rail station or nearest town etc.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Location Saivres and neighbour Exeruil are such beautiful places to explore
    We are 5 minutes from Saint Maixent L'ecole a nice Town with plenty of shops, cafes, Saturday market and a Train Station.
    Only 20-30 minutes from Niort, Poitiers etc.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • 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

Host ref number: 367173662941