Help in the garden and with house renovation project in the beautiful Charente-Maritime, France




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    We are a couple who have retired early from our jobs in England and now live permanently in France.
    We are working on a large project to renovate a beautiful maison de maitre and its out-buildings in Charente-Maritime, France. The house is situated within 2 acres of gardens which also needs work including clearing areas and overgrown trees and bushes. The house is slowly being worked on, so there is plenty to do!
    We are particularly looking for people who have some experience in these things, and anyone with joinery or construction skills and experience will be a huge bonus!
    We are located in the popular village of Aulnay, with 4 bars (including 2 restaurants) and plenty of amenities within walking distance.
    We have 2 elderly dogs, who enjoy ‘helping’ when the weather is not too warm or wet!
    We have lots of varied work to do, including clearing gardens (which have not been managed properly for many years), assisting with internal & external house renovations, helping to build stone walls , digging to fit electric supply to gates, the list goes on!
    Although we are in semi rural France, there is a good mix of both French and English around to meet and mix with. The locals are very friendly and you will often end up chatting if just going for a morning coffee on your own.
    We like to meet people and hope that others may enjoy the little area of France we have decided to call home. There is plenty to do here within walking distance for those who don’t have transport. Tennis courts, bars, and an open air public swimming pool during seasonal months. It is a good way to experience rural France without being too secluded…

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This is a beautiful area of France with a friendly reception. There are lots of places to visit within an hour of the property for those with their own transport.
    We live in a very lively village with lots going on, and the weather is an added bonus.
    For those who don’t speak French there are also quite a few English here too but the locals will always help.
    Our home is a building of historical importance to the village and area, and therefore it is of great importance that we renovate it with respect.
    We have a lot within easy walking distance, so those without transport can still experience rural France.

  • Help


    Garden work including clearance of areas such as overgrown hedges and shrubs, digging, planting, weeding and general improvements. Possibly repair and pointing of stone walls to someone appropriately experienced.
    Help with building of large wood store, and also an outdoor covered seating area.
    Possibly also assistance with any tasks related to internal and external renovations, for example sanding, painting, help with plaster boarding, pointing and so on..

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    We are learning French and are happy to help others with English also.

  • Accommodation


    The house is mainly un renovated, however our kitchen area is (kind of) finished and habitable so this is where we spend most of our time relaxing.
    We have a comfortable although not yet renovated bedroom (double) with easy access to a bathroom with shower on the top floor for Workawayers, where they will have their own privacy and space.
    Meals can be taken with us in our kitchen area.
    There are around 2 acres of garden area to enjoy also.
    We also have good wifi (fibre).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Plenty of things to do in the area of Charente-Maritime. Towns of historical interest and also cities (including La Rochelle) within around an hour for those with transport. Beaches around an hour away also.
    For those without transport Aulnay has most things you could need for Day to Day activities, including supermarket, 3 boulangeries, post office, 2 banks, a pharmacy, 2 bars & 2 bar/restaurants. Aulnay is famous in France for its beautiful church, and it also has a lovely public swimming pool open in summer months and a local tennis club.

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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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a large garden so have plenty of room for a campervan

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Possibly. Will need to discuss as we also have 2 dogs of our own.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

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