We are an elder couple living in France since 2000. We stayed 13 years in Africa, Mali. My husband is German, myself, Inge, I am French-German.
It is now 2 years, we bought a small farm in the Parc Naturel Regional Perigord-Limousin. Last year we moved. The property is situated at the border of a small hamlet, the little road ends and forests start. We are no farmers. My husband is musicien and architect, I am a retired technical consultant in Education. Nevertheless we try to transform a garden from jungle to a place where bio vegetables grow, we have 3 chickens (to eat their eggs) and about 15 sheep (to use their wool). Two big dogs Maxie and Snow (Pyrenees mountain dogs) need a walk of half an hour every morning. You have to be strong, sometimes, to hold them. The advantage of walking with the dogs is, that you go through wonderful local countryside and tranquil forest.
We renovate our little new home. There is need to help. My husband works together with artisans but he does a lot on his own. Then he needs a hand to help or to assist, an unlearned worker. As I am occupied with the household, I am not so much available.
What else? Our helpers are family members. We eat and live together. We do not have enough rooms for friends/guests inside the house. So we offer as well a 2-beth caravan and/or a big Mercedes long-wheelbase transit with a double mattress for 2 persons. We also have tents available. Internet and WiFi access is available.
There is a bike to explore the environment. Two lakes (about 20 car-minutes) invite for swimming, the forests to walk. Indeed, it is very calm and the place is nearly at 'the end of the world'.
It is 3km from the farm to the local village with a shop, or 10km to the nearest town of Nontron. The closest train station is at Thiviers, about 20km away. Coaches such as Eurolines, Flixbus and Oui bus are available in Périgueux, Limoges or Angouleme.
Help around the house
My husband and me have experiences in intercultural communication. We lived a long time in Africa, we bisited other continents and countries, I used to work abroad as I was a tecnical adviser employed by the German cooperation of development. My husband is a very good musicien, I am just singing. We know very well German and French civilisation.
Our house is situated in the regional natural parc of Perigord-Limousin. We are in full nature. There are a lot of different varieties of trees, plants, animals, birds and mushrooms.
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Walk sometimes with our two big Pyrenees mountain dogs
Help to clean the garden.
Help my husband, as unlearned worker, with the renovation of our house.
The rooms for friends/guests inside the house are limited. But we offer as well a 2-beth caravan and/or a big Mercedes long-wheelbase transit with a double mattress for 2 persons.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
4/5 heures par jour max, 5 j/sem.