We are a dutch/belgium couple with a daughter of 11 (who would like to improve her english ). We bought a farm in the center of France near St. Savin and Le Blanc in the beautiful parc national de la Brenne because we 'd had enough of the busy city live of Brussels and wanted to live a more quiet live! The center of France is not as touristic as many other regions. Here you can walk for hours ( with our dog ) without seeing anyone. But at 5 miles there are already attractive villages.
The main house is for a big part renovated. Now we are working on a barn conversion wich will become an 8 person guest house. So lots of work which can be done there. The main work on the 3 gardens is done but still need to be maintained and improved. For instance mowing the grass with our 53 years old tractor. If you arrive by train it can be Poitiers or Chateauroux, by plane at Limoges or Poitiers. An international driving liscense will be an advantage but we do have bicycles you can use or just drive with us.
We love to cook healthy and tasteful food but we are not vegeterians. We work hard but don't exaggerate. We have spent time at other families so we think we know how to receive travellers.
So you can walk,run, swim in the river, canoe, rock-climbing, cycle or just relax. Main thing is that we all have a good time together!
For this summer we mainly look for someone who likes to look after our daughter ( once in a while) and does not mind to do some housekeeping, further more we can promiss you that you can take part of our lives if you want to.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Gardening, cutting and storing wood, helping to renovate the barn, cooking ( if you like), shopping, cleaning, child care.
French, Dutch and English
In the old farm: a double bedroom is available with a bathroom. Or at the other side of the plot a 2 person caravan if you want more privacy. Although our house and gardens are big enough so that you can always find a quiet corner where you can relax.
Walk in the forests and fields. Picking mushrooms. Visiting medieval villages. Kayaking, fishing,swimming, cycling and not forget reading/ relaxing in the shadow of a tree.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week