Be surrounded by picturesque villages and beautiful nature helping run the land and animals near Vichy, France

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  2019 

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  • Description

    Description

    We are an active, friendly British couple; who left London to create our dream home in France a number of years ago. We have lovingly restored an old stone farmhouse and currently have two stable blocks, a swimming pool, and a gite in addition to the main house. We are near Vichy; near a ski resort which is a good summer hiking spot, plus we are surrounded by picturesque villages and beautiful fields and woodlands. We need help with the day to day running of the land and the animals: we currently have three horses, one donkey and one Shetland pony, as well as one lovely large dog called Lily and a beautiful black cat.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Everyone around us is French speaking: This is not an area populated by the British, so it is ideal for anyone wanting to learn the language. Vichy is an amazing bijou town which flourished in the nineteenth century as a place to take curative waters. This tradition continues to draw in visitors to this day - off the tourist trail, but full of cultural heritage, theatre and opera. Anyone who loves horses - we have the ideal place to stay. You can ride a horse around acres of woods and countryside (and come back for a dip in the pool at the end of the day).

  • Help

    Help

    We would like to host WorkAwayers who can help with any or all of the following: further heavy building work; eco pruning, cutting and maintenance of fields and woodland; restoration of a pond; and daily help with the horses - grooming, riding, cleaning stables. Preference will be given to people who some prior experience in some of these areas.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French, some Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Double bedroom with ensuite. Clean and well decorated: Access to all areas. Internet: British TV.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In your time off, if you do not have a car, we can lend you bikes: Also we can offer lifts to Vichy and other main sites of beauty

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • 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

Our pool has a cover that slides back when it is sunny. We can use the pool in all weathers - it is a lovely place to relax in.
Our French neighbours are very friendly - both the cows and the humans!
Clementine; the donkey enjoys her bowl of carrots and apples
View of the stone stable block with Lily, the dog in front
The front of our home
Merlin and Chupa get along really well. They are well behaved horses.
Here we are walking horses down the local roads. Come join us!
View of one of the fields that the horses and ponies stay in during the day
Chupa
The front of our home
Merlin
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