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Help me renovate a beautiful, tranquil and original small farm on four acres of natural pastureland in Gouex, France

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  • Last activity: 01/09/2020




  • Description


    My name is Helen. I am renovating a small farm on 4 acres of natural pastureland in midwest France (Vienne - an hour from Poitiers) and ultimately I want to create a place for writers and artists to study in the peace and quiet of the French countryside. My aim is to use ecological methods and to be respectful of the local flora and fauna. I also hope to keep a few sheep, maybe even a couple of pigs... and chickens of course. I want to restore an original pond, plant trees to encourage new species of birds, and restore hedgerows. I welcome creative input from helpers.
    Update - I now have two donkeys! Would therefore welcome people who can get on with friendly donkeys....

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Art Projects
    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

    I can teach French or English if required. The area is not hugely touristic but is very beautiful and interesting (prehistoric caves, ancient painted churches, miles of well signposted walks, excellent restaurants and bars...). I can offer creative writing or language tuition. Will give feedback on manuscripts in English, max 2000 words. Canoeing and bungee jumping are available locally in summer. Bikes on site. Free concerts in Queaux in July and August are extremely popular and well attended.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    This year I will be renovating a barn, recreating a natural pond, doing general repairs to fences and creating garden and parking areas. I may think of other things but those are the priorities.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    German: Beginner
    Italian: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Either in the house (one bedroom available) or in a delightful vintage caravan. A covered outdoor space is also available for your use. Full board if required, self catering available (in the caravan, cooker and fridge) special diets can be accommodated. I will take workers to a restaurant once per week.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I am a very friendly person and love to meet new people. I also have a very friendly bilingual dog. Well behaved dogs are welcome. Ideally you will have your own transport as public transport is limited. In the area there are lots of activities in the summer - free concerts once a week, canoeing, river swimming, bungee jumping all within a five minute drive from the property. I can provide bikes if you like to cycle.
    **** UPDATE! I really need self-starters, people who can see what needs doing and get stuck in. I don't have time to micro-manage helpers.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    4/5 heures par jour max, 5 j/sem.

Host ref number: 497254631886

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