Help us with gardening, maintenance, renovation and the self sufficiency of homestead life in Montjoi, France




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    Hello! We are Dutch and German people living in France, running a chateau that is rented out to tourists in the summer season. Artistic folks, into painting, poetry, music, (fire)juggling, filmmaking, self-sufficiency, gardening, homesteading, floristry, etc

    We could really use a few helping hands these days, especially now that we have a newborn baby!

    Projects on schedule: renovating the roof, gardening, building a new chicken coup, a second wood-workshop, constructing some places for wood storage, cutting down a few trees, processing them into firewood, and the general chores of maintaining the vegetable garden, weeding, pruning trees, trimming hedges, taking care of the chickens and sheep, the quayle's, ducks, etc. We also have a lot of general repairs to do, for the maintenance of the buildings on the property. There's plenty of work to be done, so we'll figure out which projects fit your skills and preferences.

    So if you want to come over and help us out, send us a message!

    We are interested in preserving the old European heritage, self-sufficient farm life, etc. We try to find a healthy balance to integrate a natural lifestyle into the modern age. We're continually learning, doing research, and studying autodidactically, to develop an ever more encompassing understanding of the reality we inhabit. Our worldview is based on a natural understanding of the world, based on facts, logic, and observation, instead of on any religion, ideology or orthodox dogma. Looking for people with a mind open to new ideas. We value truth and honesty more than political correctness. We enjoy good conversations. If alternative perspectives make you uncomfortable, you'd probably want to look elsewhere.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Art Projects

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You can expect to learn some basics in homesteading, gardening, basic construction, renovation, maintenance chores, and the basics on how to take care of a place like this.

    Our 'tribe' consists of a professional florist, a professional artist/poet, a professional spectacle performer/ fire-juggler and a handyman, each with their unique perspectives on life.

  • Help


    We need help right now renovating the roof! We try to do as much as possible on the roof, in between the rainy days.
    On rainy days we don't do any roofing, so it's either a day off, or other small chores on rainy days.

    We're not doing the roof of the chateau itself; we're doing other buildings on the property. We need people on the ground too, so you won't have to go up on the roof! The idea is to have some helping hands on the ground, loading and unloading the ladder/elevator roof lift machine, handing us tools and construction materials, so we can stay on the roof all the time. You'll save us a lot of time by making sure we don't have to go up and down the roof all the time.

    We're doing a total renovation of the roof right now, bringing it all back to a traditional style, and making it more energy-efficient while we're at it! We're taking off the ugly old roof tiles, replacing the rotten wood that needs replacing (heavy reconstruction), putting in pressed woodfibre insulation ( environmentally sustainable!) and then finishing the roof with beautiful traditional baked clay roof tiles ( 14th century style, local style )

    We also need some helping hands these days taking care of the household and our 6 month old baby boy.

    With the men working on the roof, we don't have that much time to help out Malin taking care of our son, and it would be amazing to have someone over to help with the cooking and cleaning so we can focus on getting the roof done before the weather turns bad. If you want to come over and help out with the kitchen and a little baby sitting, maybe walk the dog a few times, small chores like that, we'd be grateful to have you over!

    So if you want to come over and help us out, either with the roof or just babysitting and helping Malin take care of the household, send us a message! (we'd be very appreciative!)

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    You'll get a room, a bed, a bathroom. You'll get 3 meals a day.

    Oh, and we eat meat.
    I noticed the strong presence of vegans and vegetarians on this platform, so I figured it's best to adress this issue on our profile, to avoid unpleasant surprises for those who come to visit us. We don't expect you to join us in our lifestyle choices, but it's good to know that we might be killing our own roosters on our property, during your stay.

    Having lived a vegan organic wholefoods lifestyle for years ( and ending up with a severe B12 defficiency), we are understanding of, and try to be accomodating to people who don't eat meat, and we have no issues providing vegan or vegetarian food for you, and preparing the meat for us at the side, but we are not going to stop eating meat for you, and the strict militant totalitarian vegan extremists who don't want to be around us meat-eating savages best look elsewhere ;)

    PS ever thought about this? a vegetarian diet kills more animals than a carnivorous diet, as a consequence of the farmers who have to kill all the animals who want to eat the crops. Just something to think about ;)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We'll come and pick you up / drop you off at the nearby train station.
    We're a bit in the middle of nowhere, so you can't hop on a bus or go shopping here.
    The nearest village has a small village shop at 3km, the nearest supermarket is 20km.
    It's a beautiful area to go for a walk, feel free to take the dog along if you enjoy his company.
    We have internet. If your relatives have a landline in Europe, you can call them for free on our landline.

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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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly acccept pets

    Can possibly acccept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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