We are a family of 3 (with number 4 on the way!) - Rebecca, Brook and Raife who is 18 months old. We have just bought two houses in the Loire valley in France. While both houses are habitable they haven't been lived in for few years and so need a lot of work, which is why we need your help! Clearing, cleaning, painting, gardening - no skills needed (although if you have any specialist skills we can definitely make use of them!), just a positive attitude and willingness to help out. We also need help to clear out the garage of the previous owners stuff in order to start creating a pottery workshop. Brook can even teach you some basics on wheel throwing! We’re both qualified EFL teachers so happy to help you improve your English if that’s something you’re looking for.
We live in a very rural area. It's beautifully quiet but remote so you may want a car if you want to explore the area a lot. Alternatively we are happy to drop you off in Richelieu (10 min drive) or take you to Chatelleraut (30 mins away) where you can catch the train to Tours, Paris etc. It's a beautiful part of France with lots of chateaux and vineyards waiting to be discovered.
DIY and building projects
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We're friendly and love a good conversation in the evening over dinner. We're both trained English as a Foreign Language teachers so if you're looking to improve your English we can help with that as well. There is lots to see and do in the surrounding area.
Clearing out the previous owners belongings, cleaning the properties, painting, clearing the garden - chopping back shrubs/trees, mowing etc. If you fancy preparing some meals and/or helping with childcare that's an option too!
This host offers a language exchange
We’re all learning French at the moment and are native English speakers.
You will have your own room. We will provide three meals a day - toast/cereal for breakfast, sandwiches/salads for lunch and then an evening meal. We're meat eaters but willing to cater to any dietary requirements.
We moved here to enjoy a quiet life so if you're looking for late nights and parties this probably isn't for you. We're also non-smokers so request that you don't smoke on the property (including in the garden).
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.
We have a hangar which you can park your vehicle under or plenty of outside space which is safe and secure.
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week