We are trying to reduce our carbon footprint and encourage diversity in nature in Bretagne, Frane

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France

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a married couple and moved to France from the UK in 2003 working in tourism and hospitality. Our three daughters are at Univertity but are still regular returners. We bought a 15th Century hamlet in 2002 and have spent over 10 years renovating the buildings and creating gardens amongst ruins and rubble.
    For our income, we rent out holiday cottages and can offer a cottage on site as accommodation for workaways.
    We are fortunate enough to have large grounds which we manage to promote wildlife and nature. We want to continue creating suitable habitats and have many projects in mind which will require extra help.
    We enjoy walking and cycling along the Nantes to Brest Canal and around Lac de Guerlédan and in the forest of Quenecan. All within 10 minutes of our home.
    We share our home with Chip, a cute Teckel X terrier type mixture of dog and little boy who likes to watch

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are from the UK but have lived in France for 16 years. We can help you improve your English language or if you already speak English, help you speak some French. We can give you a great insight into the vibrant culture of rural France and living and working in the countryside.
    We are trying to reduce our carbon footprint and encourage diversity in nature so we hope to learn from our helpers.

  • Help

    Help

    We require help with woodland management, garden maintenance, habitat creation and conservation on our 15 acres of grounds in Brittany France.
    The chores will vary with the season and should be interesting for anyone with a passion for nature and conservation in a variety of different habitats. We have two small lakes, oriental gardens, a stream, woodland meadow. You'll need to be fairly fit and enjoy fresh air.
    We are looking for someone who is quite practical but if you don't already have the skills, we can teach you how to use various woodworking and construction tools. We have good quality equipment and will be working alongside you.
    Our winter projects involve tidying and thinning out woodland for firewood, coppicing hazel and removing fallen trees from the stream. Also pruning overgrown shrubs and transplanting ash and oak saplings.
    We have bird nesting boxes, bat refuges and owl nesting places to build and put up and hedges to cut back before the nesting season. There is also a lakeside jetty to construct from wood and some pathways and swamp walkways to install.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Accommodation is in a self contained renovated courtyard holiday cottage. You will have WiFi, TV, private bathroom, sitting room and bedroom and kitchen. The cottage is heated, double glazed and well insulated.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are situated in the countryside on the banks of the River Blavet 10 minutes drive from Pontivy, a historic and cosmopolitan town. The area is well known for its walking, cycling and watersports with the Forest of Quenecan and the 10,000 acre lac de Guerlédan.
    There is easy access to the coasts and larger towns by bus from Pontivy with regular services to Vannes, Lorient, Rennes and St Brieuc. With France's integrated transport system we are less than 3hrs from Paris by bus and TGV.

  • A little more information

    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

    We have an office space with good wifi connection which can be used by workawayers.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have ample space with outside electricity point and access to running water and loo.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours / day, 5 days / week but very flexible


Host ref number: 487598989343