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



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  • 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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • 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


    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

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

  • 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

    • 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: 375823534152